An update from La Bella Italia: Redmatica, the Correggio-based music editing software firm that was almost certainly acquired by Apple, or is currently in the process of being acquired by Apple, after receiving regulatory approval in Italy (although neither party has directly confirmed the deal so far), has been unceremoniously shut down by founder Andrea Gozzi.
In a message to customers, Gozzi says he has “decided to close Redmatica to pursue other interests” after 8 years, without mentioning Apple. He goes on to let people who’ve purchased its software know that they will no longer receive support starting next Tuesday June 12 – notably one day after Apple’s WWDC 2012 event.
In addition, the message reads:
– If you purchased Redmatica software on the Mac App Store, be sure to make a backup for later use.
– If you purchased Redmatica software on the Redmatica Online Store, an email has been sent to your registered email address with a new serial code and a link to download updated software with new streamlined copy protection. These downloads will be available for a limited time. We recommend downloading the updates as soon as possible.
Judging by a number of reactions from customers on the Mac OS X Audio forum, not everyone is happy with the news. Gozzi himself was an active contributor to the forum linked above, but stopped posting any updates or responding to any comments or questions on May 25. According to severalposts, he’s still emailing people serial codes for legacy products, however.
News of Apple’s (pending?) acquisition of Redmatica’s assets surfaced after a regulatory filing was uncovered by Italian blog Fanpage on May 30.
According to Fanpage, Redmatica had a net income of roughly 26,000 euros on approximately 100,000 euros in annual revenue.
The main product of Redmatica is a sampler suite for Mac called Keymap Pro, but other products include AutoSample, ProManager and GBSammpleManager.
If Redmatica is now indeed owned by Apple, which is more than likely the case, the acquisition would serve to beef up Apple’s GarageBand and Logic Pro products.
We’ve reached out to Gozzi on multiple occasions in the past few weeks, but haven’t heard back from him yet. Hopefully we’ll learn more at or after WWDC 2012.
Here’s a video of Keymap Pro in action: