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We've been publishing our print magazine since 1985, growing in reputation and stature year-on-year. Our web site came later, housing our vast, continually-expanding, archive of highly informative articles (from January 1994 to the present day).
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SOS is one of the few magazines in any sector to publish the entire editorial contents of our current print magazine in an online format (we call this the Web Sub), for the benefit of our ever-growing global community of subscribers. Some of the regular columns (eg. Sounding Off, Leader etc) and some teaser reviews are free for everyone to access. After 5 months, we unlock the current issue and add its articles to the 12,000+ available FREE on soundonsound.com via the SOS Search page, ready to answer your many questions and assist you in selecting the most appropriate tools for your music recording activities.
Here are links to just a few of the most recent articles...
Hailed as the first British acid house single, A Guy Called Gerald’s sublime ‘Voodoo Ray’ has since become a classic in its own right.
Bill Gould: Recording Sol Invictus
Recording and producing your own music is always a challenge — especially if, like Faith No More, your previous albums have been done by the best in the business!
Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Shawn Everett
In the making of Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color, producer Blake Mills and engineer Shawn Everett had almost unheard–of licence to experiment — and took full advantage.
Oasis’s 1996 gig at Knebworth marked the end of an era for point–source PA. We asked the people who made it happen what has changed since.
Andrew Barnabas & Paul Arnold
How do you write music for a TV show you haven’t seen yet? It helps if you can draw on years of experience composing for video games...
Built in the '50s as the broadcast headquarters for the GDR’s state radio, this complex is home to some of the world's most breathtaking recording studios.
Mix engineer Cenzo Townshend gives us a tour of his new studio and shows us the techniques behind his mix of ‘Marks To Prove It’.
Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard & Mark Ralph: Recording Why Make Sense?
Down in Hot Chip’s bunker-like basement studio HQ in Hoxton, the five members of the London band are coaxing strange sounds from an array of analogue synths.
Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Derek Ali
Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly is one of the most ambitious hip-hop albums of recent years. Derek Ali was Lamar’s right-hand man during its making.
Matthew E White, Trey Pollard & Natalie Prass: Spacebomb Studios
Spacebomb Studios’ old-school production values and teamwork have made Richmond, Virginia one of the hottest recording locations in the USA.
Inside Track: Secrets Of A Mix Engineer
Bob Dylan’s album of Sinatra covers is an unlikely triumph. So good, in fact, that it didn’t need mixing!
Working with super–producer Jacquire King was a dream come true for James Bay. In a unique interview, King explains how he oversaw the recording of Bay’s hit debut album.
Back To The Ark
Reggae fan Daniel Boyle painstakingly researched the equipment Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry used in his groundbreaking Black Ark studio — then made an album with the dub legend himself.
Award-winning engineer Jake Jackson deconstructs his mix of a brooding musical cue by Sheridan Tongue for the BBC’s long-running crime drama.
With FOH engineer Steven Carr
Mixing a band like Goldfrapp is challenging enough — but when you add an orchestra, a 50–piece choir and a notoriously tricky venue, things really start to get interesting.
Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Björk, Chris Elms, Arca & The Haxan Cloak
A unique and inspired choice of collaborators helped Björk blend powerful emotion with restless experimentation.
Producer JR Rotem is no stranger to success but, until 'Centuries', it was confined to pop and urban genres. We find out how the song was constructed and walk through the session files.
The transition from rock to pop isn't always easy — unless you're Matt Rad. We talk drum recording, Eric Valentine and how to stay relevant in this exclusive video interview.
Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Rob Kirwan
Producer and engineer Rob Kirwan oversaw Hozier’s commercial breakthrough — by concentrating on the least commercial aspects of his music.
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