As first reported on Digital DJ Tips, Avid has officially announced it is to drop its Torq DJ software and hardware. All of its consumer electronics operations including Torq are to be sold on to inMusic, the parent company of Numark, who get “M-Audio brand keyboards, controllers, interfaces, speakers and digital DJ equipment and other product lines”.
That, however, raised the intriguing question of whether Torq software will continue to be developed.
While it’s hard to see inMusic doing so as-is, they may well decide to keep, develop and rebrand the technology. The company certainly isn’t scared of a bit of R&D investment, so it’s not outside the realms of possibility.
We’ve fired off a question to the right person at inMusic, and will report back to you if any when we get some further news.
Meanwhile, Avid will continue to develop and sell its Pro Tools line of software and hardware, as well as associated I/O devices including Mbox and Fast Track.
UPDATE: We asked Numark directly about the future of Torq, and they pointed us to their official press release with no further comment. That states that AIR (Torq’s developers) had indeed been acquired by Numark as we reported, but says nothing at all about the future of the software. Guess we’ll have to just wait and see.
What do you think this means for Torq? Could it in fact be good news? If you’re a Torq user, we’d love to know your thoughts in the comments.