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DOD Carcosa Analog Fuzz Pedal Review

Don Carr presents the DOD Carcosa analog fuzz pedal. No pedal has done more to accelerate rock music than the humble fuzz. The two-voiced DOD Carcosa Fuzz pedal provides a heaping spoonful of vintage and modern... Read more »

Jimmy Haslip Interviewed by Sweetwater

Mitch Gallagher sits down with acclaimed bassist and producer Jimmy Haslip, founding former member of the jazz fusion group the Yellowjackets. Haslip was recording a project at Sweetwater Studios, and was kind... Read more »

FabFilter Issues Hot Fix Update for Pro-Q 2

FabFilter has issued the following statement: "After releasing an update for all FabFilter Pro plug-ins on March 13, we discovered a bug in Pro-Q 2 that would cause a crash when dragging a band to the far left side... Read more »

Guild T-Bird ST P-90 Electric Guitar Review

Don Carr presents the Guild T-Bird ST P-90 guitar. Based on the classic Guild guitars seen in the hands of players such as Buddy Guy and Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach, the Guild T-Bird ST solidbody electric... Read more »

500 Series: Why You Should Add One to Your Rig

Where It All Began API Founder Saul Walker In 1966, Saul Walker started designing audio components for his new company, Automated Processes Inc. (API). These components were modular building blocks built to fit into... Read more »

Epiphone Tony Iommi SG Custom Electric Guitar Review

Sweetwater's Nick Bowcott presents the Epiphone Tony Iommi SG Custom. A limited edition version of his iconic SG, Tony's instructions to Epiphone were to make his SG Custom something he would play on stage. To that... Read more »

ESP LTD Kirk Hammett Signature KH-202 Guitar Review

Sweetwater's Nick Bowcott presents the ESP LTD Kirk Hammett Signature KH-202 electric guitar. Metallica axeman Kirk Hammett's signature guitar gives you a comfortable contoured basswood body that fits you like a... Read more »

Wampler Dracarys Distortion Pedal Review by Sweetwater

Sweetwater's Nick Bowcott presents the Wampler Dracarys distortion pedal. Many distortion pedals make your down-tuned riffs sound flabby. And when you crank up the gain, your tone becomes thick and sludgy. That's... Read more »

New CITES Regulation Impacts International Import/Export of Rosewood Instruments

On January 2nd, 2017, a new regulation came into effect that requires official documentation — and in a lot of cases, fees — when shipping rosewood (and certain types of bubinga) in or out of the... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases FORM 1.1 Update

Native Instruments has released a major update to their new synthesizer, FORM, part of the KOMPLETE package. The new update focuses on new sounds, but also includes a significant number of fixes and features. New... Read more »

Save Up to $900 on RedNet and Red Interfaces with Trade-in

Looking to upgrade your rig to Focusrite's amazing Rednet or Red 4Pre or Red 8Pre interfaces? Now's the time, because you can get up to $900 for your trade, depending on the interface you select. Qualifying... Read more »

Dunlop KH95 Kirk Hammett Signature Cry Baby Wah Pedal

Sweetwater's Nick Bowcott presents the Dunlop KH95 Kirk Hammett Signature Cry Baby wah pedal. With one stomp, you've got Kirk Hammett's iconic wah tone injected into your rig. This signature wah pedal was developed... Read more »

Bob Taylor and Andy Powers Interview

Mitch Gallagher sits down with Bob Taylor (co-founder) and Andy Powers (Master Luthier) from Taylor Guitars. For Taylor, building guitars is more than just a process, it's a way of life. Construction begins with the... Read more »

Listen to Reduce Mic Leakage Onstage

When you're mixing an artist or band live, mic bleed/leakage can be one of your biggest enemies. During sound check, be sure to do a PFL (pre-fade listen) check of each microphone as the full band is playing. Don't... Read more »

George Martin, Rupert Neve, and the Focusrite Red Range

The Focusrite story begins in 1985 when a producer approached Rupert Neve and asked for custom modules for his studio's Neve recording console. That producer was none other than Sir George Martin, of Beatles' fame... Read more »

Behringer Releases New DeepMind 12 Firmware

Behringer has released new firmware for the DeepMind 12 synthesizer. Firmware version 1.05 includes a whole host of new fixes and features: Added CC#5 Portamento Time and Aftertouch destination options to GLOBAL >... Read more »

It’s only Chuck ‘n’ Roll: 3 Contributions Chuck Berry Gave to Music

To say that rock 'n' roll will have to go on without Chuck Berry is ridiculous. Chuck Berry is rock 'n' roll. His impact, influence, and innovation physically changed the way we approach the genre today. In other... Read more »

Eventide Fission Structural Sound Effects Plug-in Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Eventide Fission effects plug-in. It employs Structural Effects technology, a patent-pending technique that cleanly splits a sound into tonal and transient components. This results in... Read more »

Antelope Audio Adds Full Session Saving To All Audio Devices

Antelope Audio has added a new feature to all of their audio devices: all control panel options can now be saved and recalled with one mouse click. You can restore Gain levels for every input and output, clock... Read more »

Ampeg Classic Analog Bass Preamp Pedal Demo

Dino Monoxelos from Ampeg presents the Classic Analog Bass Preamp pedal. Use the 3-band tone stack to explore a wide range of bass tones for any genre. Add extra high-end definition or low-end weight with the... Read more »

Ampeg Scrambler Bass Overdrive Pedal Demo

Dino Monoxelos from Ampeg presents the Scrambler Bass Overdrive pedal. The sound ranges from extremely subtle harmonic enhancement to screaming overdrive. Dial in some treble to help your tone cut through, then... Read more »

How to Organize Cables & Gear Onstage

It's Time to Clean House A long, busy winter has been tough on your stage, backstage, and front of house. Cables are running everywhere — snaking to who knows where. You haven't seen your favorite mic since... Read more »

Robben Ford Interviewed by Sweetwater

Mitch Gallagher sits down with world-famous blues guitarist and composer Robben Ford. He talks about recording in Sweetwater Studios with his band, writing music, improvising rhythm parts, and much more.

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE Hot Fix for Pro Tools Users

Native Instruments has issued the following statement: "We've recently noticed that some Pro Tools users aren't able to load the MASCHINE software as a plug-in. Today we're releasing MASCHINE 2.6.2, a free update... Read more »

Tech Tip of the Day

03/24/2017
FabFilter Issues Hot Fix Update for Pro-Q 2

FabFilter has issued the following statement:

"After releasing an update for all FabFilter Pro plug-ins on March 13, we discovered a bug in Pro-Q 2 that would cause a crash when dragging a band to the far left side of the display. This has now been fixed in version 2.11.

"This update is fully compatible with previous versions, free for existing Pro-Q 2 users, and we recommend everyone to update to this version as soon as possible."

The update is free for registered users.

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Word for the Day

03/24/2017
Flash Storage

"Flash storage" is the generic term for any type of drive, repository, or system that uses flash memory to store data. Flash storage's memory is a form of EEPROM (Electrically-Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory), although flash differs from conventional EEPROM in the way that it erases data. Flash erases whole blocks of data at a time, rather than on a bit-by-bit level, as conventional EEPROM does. A block stored on a flash memory chip must be erased before new data can be written to the microchip. Unlike dynamic RAM (DRAM), standard EEPROM and flash are nonvolatile memory.

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