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SOS Awards: This year's winners

Revealed: the full list of SOS Award winners, as chosen by the SOS readership

SOS Awards TrophySOS Awards TrophyThis year’s SOS Awards once again place their emphasis on innovation and contemporary design, with the nominations being limited to products launched in the 12 months prior to the voting period. The results celebrate the ‘best in class’ products launched or reviewed in the period from September 2017 through to the end of August 2018.

You’ll see a list of all the Winners you chose below, as well as the very worthy close contenders in each category who have been awarded our Highly Commended accolade. For the official online SOS announcement of the winners with pictures of all the gear that received an award or commendation, click here.


Best DAW Software
Ableton Live 10

Best New Computer Audio Interface
Focusrite Clarett USB

Best New Guitar Technology Product
Universal Audio OX

Best New Software Plug-in
Zynaptiq Intensity

Best New Effects & Processing Hardware
Rupert Neve Designs 500 Series

Best New Performance Controller
Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol 2

Best New Keyboard/Synth
Moog Grandmother

Best New Mixer/Mixing Controller
PreSonus FaderPort v2

Best New Mic Preamp
Neve 1073SX

Best New Hardware Drum Machine/Sampler/Sequencer
Roland TR-08

Best New Studio Monitors
Genelec 8350A

Best New Software Instrument
Toontrack Superior Drummer 3

Best New Microphone
Audio-Technica AT5047

Best New Hardware Audio Recorder
Zoom F8n

Best New Studio Headphones
Sennheiser HD 820

Best New Music Software
iZotope RX7

Best New Live Sound Product
Allen & Heath SQ Series


Computer Audio Interface

DAW Software
Steinberg Cubase 9.5

Guitar Technology Product
Line 6 Helix Native

Software Plug-In
Izotope Neutron 2

Effects & Processing Hardware
API 529 Stereo Compressor

Performance Controller
Arturia Keylab Essential

Sequential Prophet X

Music Software
Sonarworks Reference 4

Rode NT-SF1

Mixer/Mixing Controller
Soundcraft Notepad 8FX

Drum Machine/Sampler/Sequencer
Moog Dfam

Hardware Recorder
Sound Devices MixPre-10M

Microphone Preamp
Cranborne Audio Camden

Studio Monitor
Focal Shape Twin

Audio-Technica ATH M60X

Live Sound Product
UAD-2 Live Rack

Software Instrument
Arturia V Collection 6

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