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1987 SOS Hi-Tech Awards


The end of another year - time to look back on past achievements and to anticipate what the year ahead will bring... Not an easy task! That's why we are going to let you do it for us! We are taking this opportunity to launch the 1987 Sound On Sound Hi-Tech Awards. (Fanfare of trumpets - sampled, of course). The Awards are our way of allowing you to tell us, and the manufacturers, what you believe to be the best products of 1987.

What we want you to do is turn to page 53, read it, then cast your mind back over all the products released in each of the categories this year. You may already know exactly what products you will vote for, but if you don't, a quick glance over the 'Index to Past Articles' listed on pages 66/67 may be of assistance in jogging the old grey matter. One thing is for sure - there are plenty of very good products to choose from!

To make it easier for everyone to vote (and that includes you), you can take advantage of our special Freepost service and save yourself the cost of a stamp (see p53 for full details). We want the SOS Hi-Tech Awards (SOSHTAs??) to be as representative as possible of the views of Sound On Sound readers. This is your big chance to tell the manufacturers whether or not they were wasting their time launching Synth X or Multitrack Y. When all the votes are in and have been counted, we will hold a grand ceremony to present the Awards. Naturally, we will publish the results in the mag as well for all to see. So come on readers - vote! vote! vote! (or as Marti Caine would say, 'Push your buttons - NOW!') I wouldn't be at all surprised to find some of the gear reviewed in this month's issue picking up an Award or two. One year ago you could only have dreamt of having a stereo 16-bit sampler as good a quality as the new Lynex machine (see p14). The standard of most new equipment released in 1987 has been so high and represented such good value for money that it is very difficult to imagine manufacturers going one better in 1988.

1987 has been a year of great change - not least in the widespread acceptance of music software products. You've only got to glance through the many adverts in this issue to find ample evidence that software - and particularly that for the popular Atari ST range of computers - has finally come of age and filtered down to the musician in the street.

We have yet to feel the effects of the most recent change in this industry, for it has only just occurred. The sad news that Sequential (formerly Sequential Circuits - the company that pioneered the original development of MIDI) has been sold to Yamaha, to prevent it from going bankrupt, comes as a great shock. What went wrong? No doubt we'll find out in 1988.

Merry Christmas.



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Sound On Sound - Copyright: SOS Publications Ltd.
The contents of this magazine are re-published here with the kind permission of SOS Publications Ltd.

 

Sound On Sound - Jan 1988

Editorial by Ian Gilby

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