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8 Best Mic Preamps for Recording Vocals

Ask a dozen engineers about their favorite console or mic preamp for vocals, and you'll get a dozen different answers. Everybody hears things differently and we all have different preferences, so the topic of "best"... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates GuitarTone, FourTrack, and StudioTrack iOS Apps

Sonoma Wire Works has updated all three of their iOS apps. The new updates include the following features and fixes: GuitarTone 2.10.2 Update Fixed issue where GuitarJack Model 2 appears as "not supported"Fixed hang... Read more »

Yoshi Ikegami, President of BOSS, Interviewed by Sweetwater

Join us for a very special interview as Mitch Gallagher is joined by Yoshi Ikegami, President of BOSS, as well as Jeff Slingluff, Product Manager for BOSS. Yoshi Ikegami is taking a four-month tour of the USA to... Read more »

Waves Updates SoundGrid Software and Hardware

Waves has made several updates to the various hardware and software components of the SoundGrid system. These updates and fixes include: SoundGrid Driver — Fixed installation issues on Windows.SoundGrid Driver... Read more »

Antelope Unveils Zen Studio+

Antelope Audio has reinvented their classic portable audio interface with new features and capabilities — the new Zen Studio+ has everything found in the original Zen Studio and much more! Like the Zen Studio... Read more »

How to Record Vocals in a Large Space

If you have access to a large space to record vocals and a couple of mics, you can get some fantastic results. Tony Visconti used a close mic and a distance mic on David Bowie to get the excellent vocal ambiance in... Read more »

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox Semi-modular Analog Synthesizer Demo

Perry Willig from Pittsburgh Modular presents the Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox, a semi-modular Eurorack-format analog synthesizer. It delivers the full power of the Lifeforms SV-1 Synthesizer Eurorack module in a fully... Read more »

Wampler Mini Ego Compressor Pedal

Mitch Gallagher presents the Wampler Mini Ego Compressor pedal. It boasts the same transparent performance that has made its larger brother a gold standard among musicians. This addition to the line does it in a... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE Software Update

Native Instruments has updated MASCHINE software to version 2.6. The new update brings features previously only available for MASCHINE JAM, and vice versa. MASCHINE 2.6 offers JAM's Variation Engine, which features... Read more »

Zildjian K Custom Special Dry Cymbals Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents Zildjian's K Custom Special Dry series of cymbals. The K Custom Series is where the Zildjian Sound Lab went into innovation overdrive. K Customs arm you with a collection of modern K voices... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates DrumCore to v4.1.0

Sonoma Wire Works has released DrumCore v4.1.0. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the update features seven dedicated stereo auxiliary outputs for busing sub-mix channels within a session. The full drum mix is... Read more »

Happy Birthday, Peter Gabriel

Happy Birthday to a True Frontiersman, Mr. Peter Gabriel   Today is February 13. Of course, we'll have plenty of time to celebrate Valentine's eve, but first, let's lift our chocolate-covered whatevers to... Read more »

His Race Is Won – Jazz Legend Al Jarreau Dies at 76

"I am a distance runner, a marathoner... literally and figuratively." – Al Jarreau   When it came to performing, Al Jarreau was in it for the long run. As a matter of fact, it took a team of doctors to convince... Read more »

Sweetwater Channel Hits 100,000,000 Views

Our YouTube channel has reached one hundred million views — thank you for your viewership! Our goal is to share knowledge and our passion for gear with musicians and audio engineers worldwide. Thank you for your... Read more »

PRS Wood Library 408 Semi-hollow Guitar Review

Don Carr presents the PRS Wood Library 408 semi-hollowbody guitar. Sweetwater has hand selected the premium tonewoods for this luscious semi-hollowbody electric, giving you a limited-edition, one-of-a-kind... Read more »

Mapex Armory Exotic 5-piece Shell Pack Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents the Mapex Armory Exotic 5-piece shell pack. When you're battling multiple guitars for a place in the mix, not just any drum kit will do. The Mapex Armory shell pack cuts through today's... Read more »

Re-balance Your Mix After Adding Effects

It's usually obvious when you add or remove an effect such as distortion or compression — an effect that affects a track's or channel's volume — you'll also need to adjust the track's or channel's volume... Read more »

Drum Mic Shootout with Mike Johnston of MikesLessons.com

Mike Johnston of mikeslessons.com demonstrates the dual Audio-Technica 5045 drum microphone setup that he uses for his online lessons and shows some alternate setups ranging in price from $200 to $4500. Take a... Read more »

ATV aFrame Electroorganic Frame Drum Demo

Mike Snyder from ATV presents the aFrame Electroorganic frame drum. It's rare to encounter a percussion instrument that feels as fresh as the ATV aFrame. Its approach resembles that of a traditional frame drum — a... Read more »

MOTU 624 Audio Interface Review by Sweetwater

Mitch Gallagher presents the MOTU 624 hybrid audio interface, which packs high-end sound, ultra-low latency, and generous I/O into a portable half-rack unit. ESS Sabre32 DAC technology delivers an impressive 123dB... Read more »

Disc Makers Releases Free Home Studio Handbook

Our friends at Disc Makers have published their latest free guide: The Home Studio Handbook! Aimed at anyone interesting in home recording, this guide provides information on everything you need to know about... Read more »

What Is Speaker Sensitivity?

Nearly every specification chart for a speaker you'll find will list that speaker's sensitivity in decibels. For the most part, sensitivity tells you how much sound pressure level (SPL) a speaker can produce from a... Read more »

Editors’ Picks: Coolest New Gear of 2017… So Far

Here at Sweetwater we constantly scan the horizon looking for new and innovative products or vintage products come back to life. We look for awesome new gear that excites us — gear that we know our customers... Read more »

Digital Audio Labs LiveMix System Overview

Luke Vettel from Digital Audio Labs presents the LiveMix personal monitoring system. On top of world-class sound quality, LiveMix gives performers powerful control over their own 24-channel mixes, and even provides... Read more »

Tech Tip of the Day

02/20/2017
Sonoma Wire Works Updates GuitarTone, FourTrack, and StudioTrack iOS Apps

Sonoma Wire Works has updated all three of their iOS apps. The new updates include the following features and fixes:

GuitarTone 2.10.2 Update

  • Fixed issue where GuitarJack Model 2 appears as "not supported"
  • Fixed hang when attempting to restore purchases but user doesn't own any products
  • Fixed unlocking products with GuitarJack Model 2
  • Mute output when the tuner is active
  • Fixed amp menu icons overlapping
  • Updated distortion algorithms
  • iOS 10 compatability fixes

FourTrack 7.2.2 Update

  • Fixed bug where metronome was not audible in preview mode
  • Fixed issue where GuitarJack Model 2 appears as "not supported"
  • Fixed unlocking products with GuitarJack Model 2
  • GuitarTone fixes

StudioTrack 1.7.3 Update

  • Fixed issue where GuitarJack Model 2 appears as "not supported"
  • Fixed unlocking products with GuitarJack Model 2
  • GuitarTone fixes
  • iOS 10 compatability fixes

The new versions of the apps can be downloaded from the iOS App Store.

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Word for the Day

02/20/2017
Baritone

Baritone refers to a tone that is second lowest in pitch within its sonic family. In other words, nearly all form of instruments — including the human voice — have a baritone in their range. So a male baritone refers to a singing range between the tenor and bass ranges. There are also baritone guitars (between standard tuning and bass guitar), baritone saxophone (between tenor and bass saxophones and so on.

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