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Welcome to Sound On Sound, the world's premier audio recording technology magazine.

Based in Cambridge, England and independently-owned, we've been delivering our high-quality Sound On Sound print magazine every month since 1985. In 1998 we launched our first website and in 2012 our iPad digital edition app received great praise and endorsements from our global readership. The current website houses our continually-expanding archive of authoritative and highly-respected articles, news and up to the minute in-depth reviews (16,646 so far) that chart the impact of technology on the music production and recording processes.

The Trusted Resource For All Things Audio

Sound On Sound is known for its thorough and unbiased reviews of music technology products, such as audio interfaces, microphones, and software. It also features articles on recording techniques, music production and sound engineering, as well as insightful interviews with musicians, producers, and mix engineers.

Sound On Sound is highly respected globally due to its reputation for high-quality content and its consistent focus on providing detailed, technical information to its readers. The magazine and website have a strong following among music professionals and enthusiasts across the world, and its articles and reviews are often cited as authoritative sources within the industry and education.

Every month, our UK/EU/World and North America print magazines and digital editions deliver consistently more pages than any competing title, packed full of in-depth product tests of:

Plus the most insightful MusicianMix EngineerRecord Producer interviews you'll read anywhere. Our regular Tutorials and practical 'how to' Masterclasses offer direct, no-nonsense advice, to help you gain the most from your studio tools — whatever your level of expertise.

Sound On Sound is recognised internationally as the 'bible' of the music recording industry and a firm favourite of top record producers, mixing/sound engineers and recording artists. Check out these fabulous industry reader endorsements — all volunteered openly and we didn't pay any of them!

Sound On Sound - "The Independent Voice Of Music Technology"

SOS's first issue featured Midge Ure and went on sale mid-October 1985, with a November cover date.SOS's first issue featured Midge Ure and went on sale mid-October 1985, with a November cover date.

Sound On Sound has consistently remained at the forefront of music recording technology since it was first launched in October 1985 by the visionary SOS Publications Group with national TV advertisements on the UK's top Channel 4 TV music show, The Tube.

For over 38 years now, we've been championing the convergence of music software, MIDI, computer technology and audio recording equipment that continues to revolutionise the audio production market today.

With undoubtedly the most experienced editorial team to grace any music magazine's staff list, our editorial integrity and professional reputation are highly-prized and internationally respected by both our global readership and advertisers alike.

So browse our award-winning web site, search our extensive archive of over 16,646 past articles or swap helpful hints/tips/hacks and chew the proverbial fat with fellow project studio enthusiasts and audio experts in the ever-popular SOS Forum. Then you will discover why Sound On Sound remains the "yardstick by which all other music recording magazines are measured" [Chicago Tribune newspaper].


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Licensing Enquiries

Sound On Sound has a long tradition of licensing our articles to other publishers around the world. If you wish to talk to us about individual articles or any aspect of the magazine / web site content, please email Dave Lockwood, Editorial Director via our Contact SOS form.

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Getting In Touch With SOS Staff

  • You can contact staff in any department via the same Contact SOS form.
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