Why is SOS Bigger and Better?
Somebody once said that a little knowledge is dangerous. Somebody else once said that knowledge is power. Of course, both the learned gentlemen in question were correct in their beliefs, for knowledge is indeed powerful and dangerous. Therefore any source of knowledge should be valued highly - like Sound On Sound! We have always put a high value on the knowledge we impart to you through the pages of this magazine, for we respect the power of the printed word. Judging by the support we receive from our vast and loyal readership, you do too!
The popularity of the mag has a lot to do with the fact that the great majority of the information contained within its growing number of pages does not have a finite 'shelf life'; articles we published five years ago are as valuable today as they were back then - sometimes more so. Readers looking to snap up a secondhand bargain often refer to old reviews to check out what SOS considered good or bad about a product when it was first released; similarly, features which explain how to line up a tape recorder are still of immense worth today if you have just bought your first multitrack and don't know how to go about it. Good reference material is hard to come by in any field, but especially in this one, which is probably why we continue to sell so many back issues of the magazine.
Last year, one Australian musician discovered SOS whilst on holiday in London. Having read his current copy from cover to cover during the return flight home, our erudite traveller sent off for the previous 47 issues as soon as he landed - plus the binders - and even took out an annual subscription! Now there's a dedicated reader for you!
So, to help new and existing readers benefit fully from previous features and reviews, this month we have included a comprehensive listing of all our past articles, from the very first November 1985 issue (crumbs... was it really that long ago!?) right up to the one you are holding in your hands.
Thanks to your support and valuable suggestions, Sound On Sound continues to go from strength to strength. This is our biggest (and we believe best) issue yet - we hope you enjoy it. And remember: as well as being Britain's No.1 in tech music recording magazine, Sound On Sound is still the best value hi-tech music monthly your money can buy.
Editorial by Ian Gilby
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