About Us

The story behind Sonoma Wire Works

About Sonoma Wire Works

Incorporated in 2003 and headquartered in Los Altos, CA, Sonoma Wire Works develops high-quality, innovative software and hardware products and services that help musicians enjoy playing, recording and sharing music on Mac OS, Windows and iOS. By combining intuitive interfaces and unique workflows, Sonoma's products enhance the user's ability to create great-sounding music.

Sonoma Wire Works' development group has decades of audio engineering experience. Together with graphic designers, 3D artists, musicians and educators, Sonoma is working on cutting edge design for the next generation of music products and services.

Sonoma's products have been featured by Apple, Rolling Stone, Wired, Recording Magazine, Sound On Sound, Harmony Central, and more. Artists using Sonoma products include Anthony Gonzalez (M83), Al Di Meola, Chris Stein (Blondie), Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver) and other artists.

Sonoma is dedicated to being socially and environmentally responsible. We develop and manufacture recording and amp modeling software, drum content, and audio interface hardware in the U.S.A. Our audio interface boards are built, and the units are assembled and tested in a factory in San Jose, California. The factory that manufactures Sonoma's audio interfaces, and the design house that manufactures the recyclable packaging for GuitarJack Model 2, GuitarJack Stage and StudioJack Minis are located close to Sonoma's office, which helps us keep a close eye on quality and testing, reduces the amount of travel and shipping, and supports local businesses. More about Sonoma's Social and Environmental Responsibility Commitment.

Sonoma's Team

Doug Wright, an audio engineer from Diamond Multimedia, Be Inc. and Bias, founded Sonoma Wire Works in 2003 with friends from the music tech industry - Dave Tremblay (now with Universal Audio) and Dan Walton (now with Retronyms). Doug has taught audio engineering at SFSU MSP and Cogswell College.

Sonoma's team currently includes 7 dedicated team members plus contractors and partnering companies. Joe Bryan is the GuitarJacks' hardware engineer, famous for his work for Universal Audio, including the UA 2192. Will Reichenthal, audio software engineer and guitar player, helps design and create GuitarTone, DrumCore 4 and more. Bill Preder (DTS, Bias, Beatnik) is a Senior Software Engineer working on Sonoma's mobile apps, DrumCore 4, and special projects. Erin Pauley has joined Sonoma as a Product Manager of several new products, and also helps with technical writing, videos, customer service, and much more. Moses Abrego has hit the ground running with customer service, QA, DrumCore 4 Preview Player audio samples, and much more. Gianluca Divisi, Senior Visual/Interaction Designer, has worked on multiple mobile (iOS and Android) and desktop (Windows and OS X) products for Sonoma. Scott Kinder, Controls and Automation Engineer, helped loads with GuitarJack 3 production. Chizuru Iwahashi (SanBio, Spider Systems, Starcom Software) crunches Sonoma's numbers and helps with special projects. Michelle Wright (CNET, SFSU MSP, and Be Inc.) is Sonoma's VP of Sales and Marketing. For more about our incredible team members, see Sonoma's Team picture, staff spotlights, Winter NAMM 2016 Pics and Musikmesse 2015 Pics. See Sonoma's jobs page to see if we are hiring.

Sonoma's History

Founded in 2003, Sonoma's first product launched in 2004 - RiffWorks™ guitar recording software with a unique InstantDrummer™, guitar effects, RiffLink™ online music collaboration and the RiffWorld.com online community. For many years, RiffWorks was bundled with Line 6 audio interfaces, IK Multimedia interfaces and AmpliTube, bundled in select Dean Markley Strings, and sold direct and through dealers. RiffWorks received awards for performance and innovation, including a NAMM Best in Show Trendsetter Award. RiffWorks is still going strong, and we are excited to update it, and bundle a version with our new GuitarJack models.

Since 2005, Sonoma has hosted 24 RiffRumble song contests sponsored by companies such as Taylor, Schecter, IK, Line 6, Dean Markley, Seymour Duncan, Codella Guitars, Recording Magazine and many others.

In 2008, Sonoma launched FourTrack™, the first multitrack recorder on the iPhone, InstantDrummer™, StudioTrack™ multitrack recorder for iPad, and GuitarTone™ iOS app.

In 2009, Sonoma created AudioCopy/AudioPaste technology for iOS, including an AudioCopy standard and software development kit that was adopted by over 100 iOS app developers. The Retronyms have continued the development of AudioCopy/AudioPaste.

In 2009, Sonoma acquired Paul Allen's Submersible Music DrumCore and KitCore software and drum libraries, as well as the Discrete Drums multitrack drum recording library. See DrumCore's celebrity drummer bios.

In 2010, Sonoma launched GuitarJack™ Model 1 and partnered with Taylor Guitars to make Taylor EQ, which can be found in FourTrack and The Taylor Guitars Mobile App, which also includes a lite version of FourTrack.

in 2011, Sonoma launched the GuitarJack™ Model 2 audio input/output interface for iOS, then the GuitarJack 2 USB interface for iOS/Mac/Win in 2013.

In 2015, Sonoma launched the next generation of GuitarJacks (GuitarJack Stage and StudioJack Mini) that were also developed by Joe Bryan.

In 2016, Sonoma launched the highly anticipated DrumCore 4 (AAX/VST3/AU plug-in) update.

Next up? RiffWorks 3 development and much more.

Visit Sonoma at a trade show or event. We'll have a booth at NAMM, Taxi Road Rally, and more. Sonoma events.

"DrumCore is so handy and so very easy to use! It's very close to having a live drummer with you."

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Anthony Gonzalez of M83

"I'm obsessed with this recording app on my iPhone- the Sonoma Wire Works FourTrack. It's like you have a superpowerful studio in your pocket."

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Trey Anastasio of Phish

"Just tried out Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack plus the new upgraded FourTrack app. Beautiful crystal clear sparkling audio in iOS!"

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Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater

"RiffWorks is an incredible tool to get songs done stupid fast!"

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Johnny "Juice" Rosado of Public Enemy