Time For A Change
Do you want the sad news first or the happy news, dear readers? The sad news is that this is the last issue that I will bear the mantle of 'Editor'. After five years (is it really that long?) I am vacating the hot seat for a younger man (not that 30 is old, mind you!).
Sound On Sound is unique in the music publishing world, because the people who manage and run the magazine on a day-to-day basis also own the company which publishes it. Unbeknown to the majority of you, I have been playing a dual role within this operation for the past five years — as both Editor and Director. And since June of this year, I have also performed the Editor's duties on Audio Media, the sister publication of Sound On Sound, a controlled circulation magazine aimed at the professional recording industry.
Like any new-born child, a new magazine demands an awful lot more from its 'parents' than a mature one capable of standing on its own two feet (do magazines have feet?). Therefore I have decided to relinquish my position as Editor of Sound On Sound in order to develop Audio Media, of which I will remain the Editor. This was not an easy decision for me to make — I still care deeply about SOS — but it is a logical move necessary for the continued well being of the magazine. However, I will continue to oversee editorial matters on the magazine in my capacity as Editorial Director, as well as contribute articles — something that the pressure of work has prevented me from doing of late — but the day-to-day running and decision making will be done by the new Editor.
The good news is that Paul Ireson, who was previously Assistant Editor before leaving the company to work for a London publishing house, is to rejoin Sound On Sound as Editor.
Paul's name and work should be very familiar to readers, as he has consistently written authoritative equipment reviews for SOS since his departure. In fact, he is responsible for the VFX-SDII review in this issue. I have every confidence in Paul's abilities and am looking forward to working with him again.
The other good news is that you won't have to stare at my ugly mug anymore — you can stare at Paul Ireson's instead! (Only joking, Paul) That's him looking suave and sophisticated in the photo.
So, all that remains is for me to say 'thank you' for supporting the magazine over the past five years. Without you all, Sound On Sound would never have become the immensely popular publication that it is today. But with your continued support and Paul Ireson at the helm, your favourite hi-tech music recording magazine can't help but grow even stronger. Congratulations Paul... and welcome to the hot seat!
Editorial by Ian Gilby
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