The SOS Awards

The SOS Awards are accolades bestowed by Sound On Sound magazine upon music-technology products, selected by reader voting, from a shortlist of items nominated for their contribution to the music technology industry over the previous twelve months. These prestigious Awards, which were initiated in 2011, are handed over each year at the Winter NAMM show, in Anaheim, California, USA.

Products are allocated into one of the following sixteen categories: Audio Interface, DAW Software, Effects & Processing Hardware, Software Plug-in, Mixing Controllers, Performance Controllers, Keyboard/Synth, Drum Machines, Samplers & Sequencers, Microphone, Mixer, Monitors, Hardware Recorder, Mic Preamp, Software Instrument, Headphones, Live Sound Product.

Every year, the editorial team at Sound On Sound nominates 10 to 20 products in each of the main categories, before asking the readers of SOS to cast their votes to determine the winners. Voting runs from October to the end of November each year, after which the votes are counted and the winning products are selected and announced in the issue following the NAMM show.

Also presented at the Winter NAMM show each year is a special, uncategorized award — 'The SOS Award' — selected by the SOS editorial team in recognition of a product or innovation that we believe to be of outstanding merit.

To see the rules for voting please click here