Originally released in 2004, JUCE has been part of ROLI since 2014. In the last few years, though, ROLI has struggled to achieve profitability and meet its debt payments.
PACE CEO Allen Cronce, notes, “This acquisition provides JUCE the opportunity to grow further within an entirely developer-focused company, to execute on an ambitious roadmap and continue to serve the needs of the audio developer community.”
“ROLI has been a great home for JUCE, helping it grow into one of the most important tools in the audio industry,” says JUCE founder Jules Storer. “Of the many companies who expressed an interest, PACE came out tops for us in terms of what a good owner of JUCE needs to offer: their culture is completely developer-focused, they’re a neutral company who are in the licensing business and already have relationships with many JUCE customers, and their motivations for owning it align with those of the JUCE team.”
Storer plans to remain at ROLI, working on the SOUL sound language.
JUCE 6 is expected to be available in June 2020. Major improvements include CMake Support; improvements to The Projucer; Webviews; and a variety of new DSP Building Blocks. See the JUCE site for details.