From the Editors
Welcome to Sound Bytes Magazine! We’re glad you’re joining us on our maiden voyage and hope you’ll be returning on a regular basis.
Welcome to Sound Bytes Magazine! We’re glad you’re joining us on our maiden voyage and hope you’ll be returning on a regular basis. We feel we’ve got enough to offer you to justify opening for “business,” but you will hopefully see improvements as time permits. For one thing, we anticipate establishing a Facebook page where our readers can communicate with us and each other. And when that happens, we hope to hear from you with suggestions on how we can improve.
First let us tell you who we are and what our aims are for this magazine. The editors and writers of Sound Bytes are a diverse bunch of volunteers from around the world. We are music professionals or, at a minimum, enthusiastic dabblers in computer sound. We’re doing this because we are passionate about music and enjoy sharing our enthusiasm with others through writing.
Sound Bytes will be free of advertising. It costs so little to host a web publication these days that we do not need advertising revenue to sustain the operation. Somewhere down the line, we might add a voluntary contribution option, but there are no plans for even that at the moment. There will be one exception to the no-advertising policy, however: any developers that author articles for Sound Bytes will be given space to promote their products. We think that’s a more than fair tradeoff.
So, you can trust that our reviews are not influenced by advertising revenues. However, in the interest of full disclosure, we should tell you that the writers will sometimes get free, not-for-resale (NFR) copies of software for review. While that may motivate us to write about a piece of software, it’s not the real reason we do this. Most of us already have more synths, compressors, EQs, delays, et al. than we know what to do with in the first place. Yes, Free Sh*t ™ is fun to acquire, but that novelty wears off in short order. No, we do this because, no doubt like many of you, music software and production techniques are topics we find endlessly fascinating.
In the coming months, you won’t see much in the way of bad reviews in our pages. Don’t interpret that scarcity as just us being shills for developers so we’ll get more free goodies. The truth of the matter is that, like many of you, we want to support small developers. Producing and selling music production software is hardly a path to easy riches. In fact, in today’s economy it’s more likely a shortcut to the poorhouse. The long and short of it is that, rather than write a bad review of a second-rate synth or effect, we’re likely to simply not write the review in the first place, moving on instead to something for which honestly gets us excited. There’s way more gear out there than we’ll have the bandwidth to cover here in any case.
And … speaking of developers contributing, we hope we will attract that level of expertise. We want to offer more than just review after review. We look forward to also presenting interviews with experts and insiders, tutorials, and more. Do you have some special expertise that you’d like to share with your peer computer-sound enthusiasts? If you do and enjoy writing, then please get in touch with us. We’d love to give you a platform to share your expertise and wisdom.
As for the rest of you, just sit back and enjoy the journey!