To All RM Readers
This is the last time you will see Recording Musician in its present form. As from the June issue (on sale end of May), Recording Musician will be combined with our sister magazine, Sound On Sound. As many of you will be aware, Sound On Sound is by far the biggest and best-selling hi-tech and recording magazine on sale in the UK today, and this new move will make it even bigger and better.
Over the past year, Recording Musician has established itself as the essential read for any musician involved in the practicalities of recording, whether at home or in commercial studios. We know from the volume of letters and phone calls we have received that RM has been a big hit with what has become a very loyal readership; sadly, this sector of the market has not enjoyed the level of industry support necessary to maintain such a high-quality publication. Rather than compromise the quality of the magazine by cutting costs, we feel that the interests of our readership are best served by adding our strengths to those of Sound On Sound.
This is not a merger in name only — we have expanded the new Sound On Sound to incorporate all the unique features of RM — including such familiar names as Demo Doctor, Widgets, Production Lines, Crosstalk, and the increasingly popular and unique Readers' Tape Exchange. One of the greatest strengths of Recording Musician is its hands-on, practical approach to recording-related subjects, and this will be further extended within Sound On Sound to encompass the world of hi-tech instruments and MIDI sequencing.
In today's music studio, it is no longer appropriate — or even possible — to segregate traditional tape-based recording from MIDI sequence-based recording. Nor is it possible to ignore the impact of emerging technologies such as tapeless recording systems, which serve to bind even more closely the traditional and computer-based approaches to recording. In this context, the marriage of RM and SOS makes perfect sense, offering, as it does, an holistic approach to the way in which music is made today. Attempting to separate traditional and hi-tech disciplines, which are so closely intertwined in reality, is no longer appropriate for the way music is made in the '90s.
WHAT YOU'LL SEE IN THE NEW SOUND ON SOUND
Be assured that as an existing RM reader, you won't be sold short in the new SOS — the entire RM editorial team will be working on the new magazine and will continue to bring the unique RM style and content to an even greater readership. Existing RM subscriptions will be converted to SOS at no extra cost. On top of that, you'll benefit from the wider coverage of MIDI instruments, studio equipment and computing that has kept SOS at the forefront of hi-tech music making since its establishment in 1985.
Finally, a very big THANK YOU to all our readers from the editorial team of RM; we really have appreciated your support and enthusiasm. We look forward to seeing you in SOS later this month.