The SoundDroid is an early digital audio workstation designed by a team of engineers led by James A. Moorer at Lucasfilm between the 1980 and 1987. It was a hard-disk–based, nonlinear audio editor developed on the Audio Signal Processor (ASP), a large-scale digital signal processor for real–time, multichannel equalization and audio mixing. Only one prototype was ever built and it was never commercialized. Lucasfilm started putting together a computer division right after Star Wars as an in-house project to build a range of digital tools for filmmaking. The audio project that became SoundDroid was done in close collaboration with the post-production division, Sprocket Systems, and later spun out as part of a joint venture called The Droid Works. Complete with a trackball, touch-sensitive displays, moving faders, and a jog-shuttle wheel, the SoundDroid included programs for sound synthesis, digital reverberation, recording, editing and mixing. EditDroid and SoundDroid were the beginnings of the desktop tools digital revolution.

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  • Eleanor Johnson Tracy; (1985). DROIDS FOR SALE: Star Wars' George Lucas is pushing new technology. FORTUNE Magazine. [1]
  • Michael Kunkes; (2006). Digital Dreamcatcher: Droidmaker Chronicles the Early Years of Lucasfilm. The Motion Picture Editor Guild. [2]


  • Leider, Colby (2004). Digital Audio Workstation: Mixing, Recording, and Mastering on Your Mac Or PC. McGraw-Hill Professional, 398. ISBN 0-07-142286-2. 
  • Rubin, Michael (2005). Droidmaker: George Lucas and the Digital Revolution. Triad Publishing Company, 518. ISBN 0-937404-67-5. 

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