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Audio firm Focusrite buys rival Sonnox for £9.1 million

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21 December 2022
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Audio products specialist Focusrite has acquired smaller rival Sonnox for £9.1 million.

High Wycombe-based Focusrite supplies hardware and software to the music industry. Sonnox, based in Finstock, Oxfordshire, designs audio processing software plug-ins for audio engineers.

Focusrite said Sonnox, which is owned by founder and managing director Rod Densham, is a "well-established and acclaimed brand in the audio industry."

"Its range of innovative and award-winning plugins are used in a wide range of audio applications including mixing, mastering, live sound, broadcast, TV and film, and even scientific and forensics projects," said the buyer.

Sonnox traces its heritage back to the development of the Oxford OXF-R3 digital mixing console, which was installed in major recording studios worldwide, and became widely accepted as the first ‘musical’ sounding digital console.

Combining the same no-compromise attitude to audio performance and a desire to push the boundaries with intuitive and novel user interfaces, the Sonnox team ported the revered DSP algorithms from the console to develop Oxford EQ and Dynamics plugins.

Since then, Sonnox have continued to build on the Sony Oxford heritage as well as adding a range of Toolbox plugins designed for speed and simplicity.

Tim Carroll, Focusrite CEO, said: “It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Rod and his entire team to the Focusrite Group.

"Sonnox products are globally recognised as best in class, making them a natural fit in our stable, and we are all excited about the opportunities and possibilities that lie ahead.”

Rod Densham added: “We believe that by joining Focusrite with their scale, industry expertise, and range of premium brands, we can continue to grow, and deliver innovation and excellence to audio hobbyists and professionals alike.

"Focusrite have a proven track record of achieving this in our industry, and we are very excited to become part of their Group.”


Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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