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NAMM Show Report

Winter NAMM 2017 Recap – Days Two and Three

Sweetwater wraps up Days 2 and 3 at Winter NAMM 2017! See our complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017 Trade Show in Anaheim, CA here: https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/show/winter-namm-2017/

Taylor Guitars Academy Series, GS Mini Bass, and 800 Deluxe Series at Winter NAMM 2017

Taylor Guitars unveils their new Academy Series, GS Mini Bass, and 800 Deluxe Series at Winter NAMM 2017 For more NAMM coverage, click here: https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/show/winter-namm-2017/

BOSS & Strandberg Boden V-Guitar Prototype at Winter NAMM 2017

For more Winter NAMM 2017 coverage, click here: https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/show/winter-namm-2017/

BOSS Acoustic Singer Pro at Winter NAMM 2017

The BOSS Acoustic Singer Pro has the power, depth, and features to transform your set into an engaging audience experience. Its 120 watts and custom two-speaker cabinet reproduce the fullness of your voice and... Read more »

Seymour Duncan Effects Pedals at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the Seymour Duncan booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the Andromeda Delay pedal, as well as the PowerStage power amp. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter... Read more »

PRS John Mayer Press Conference at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the PRS booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to hear with John Mayer and Paul Reed Smith discuss the new J-MOD 100 John Mayer Signature 100-watt amplifier. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete... Read more »

Aston Microphones Starlight at Winter NAMM 2017

Sweetwater stops by the Aston Microphones booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the Starlight laser-targeting microphone. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017 trade show here:... Read more »

ROLI Lightpad Block at Winter NAMM 2017

Sweetwater stops by the ROLI booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the ROLI Lightpad Block portable music production system. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017 trade show... Read more »

Dave Smith Instruments REV2 & Pioneer DJ Toraiz AS-1 Synthesizers at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the Dave Smith Instruments booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the REV2 polyphonic analog synthesizer, as well as the Toraiz AS-1 synth by Pioneer DJ (developed with DSI technology)... Read more »

JBL 7-series Reference Monitors at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher visits the JBL booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to learn about the 7-series of studio reference monitors. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017 trade show here:... Read more »

MXR and Way Huge Pedals – Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the MXR and Way Huge booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the latest guitar effects pedals. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017 trade show here:... Read more »

Peavey Invective 120 Tube Amplifier – Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the Peavey booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the Invective 120 tube amp, developed with help from Misha Mansoor (Periphery). After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2017 Recap – Day One

Sweetwater wraps up Day One at Winter NAMM 2017! See our complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017 Trade Show in Anaheim, CA here: https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/show/winter-namm-2017/

Compression or Automation?

Should you use compression or volume automation when you're mixing? The answer depends; both can be used to control dynamics. However, we think of it this way: Compression is great for taming peaks and unruly... Read more »

PRS Sonzera Amplifier Series at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher visits the PRS booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the Sonzera line of tube amplifiers. Available as 20-watt and 50-watt combos, as well as a 50-watt head, the Sonzera range is tuned for maximum... Read more »

Mackie Big Knob Series at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the Mackie booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the Big Knob series of monitor controllers and audio interfaces. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017... Read more »

Trace Elliot Transit Acoustic Preamp at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the Trace Elliot booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the Transit Acoustic Preamp Pedal. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017 trade show here:... Read more »

Welcome to Winter NAMM 2017!

Join Mitch Gallagher as he explores the Winter NAMM 2017 trade show in Anaheim, CA! Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, and our inSync news feed for coverage of the latest audio gear and music equipment. See our... Read more »

Neumann KH 80 DSP Studio Monitor Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Neumann KH80 powered studio monitors. Neumann's KH series established the world-renowned mic maker as an authority in the modern monitoring world, and they've done it again with their... Read more »

IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic Stage Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic Stage amplification system for acoustic guitar. Just clip this high-performance MEMS microphone and standalone preamp into the soundhole of your guitar, and... Read more »

Way Huge Conquistador Fuzzstortion Pedal Review

Don Carr presents the Way Huge Conquistador Fuzzstortion pedal. This easy-to-use pedal delivers a tone that Way Huge describes as "a giant Velcro strip being torn apart with great vigor." But while this is... Read more »

Pearl MasterWorks Series at Winter NAMM 2017

Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio explores the Pearl booth at Winter NAMM 2017 in Anaheim, CA. See our complete NAMM 2017 Show Report here: https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/show/winter-namm-2017/

New Pearl Drums Lineup at Winter NAMM 2017

Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio explores the Pearl booth at Winter NAMM 2017 in Anaheim, CA. See our complete NAMM 2017 Show Report here: https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/show/winter-namm-2017/

Pearl Music City Custom at Winter NAMM 2017

Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio explores the Pearl booth at Winter NAMM 2017 in Anaheim, CA. See our complete NAMM 2017 Show Report here: https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/show/winter-namm-2017/

Tech Tip of the Day

01/23/2017
Compression or Automation?

Should you use compression or volume automation when you're mixing? The answer depends; both can be used to control dynamics. However, we think of it this way:

  • Compression is great for taming peaks and unruly dynamics within a track.
  • Automation is great for setting overall levels and "riding" the volume of a track so it sits correctly or pops out when required.
  • Super-tweaky automation is useful for taming micro-dynamics problems that compressors can't catch.
  • Compression can be used to shape the envelope of an instrument; bring out or squash the attack, increase the apparent sustain.

By choosing and using the proper tool for the job, you can manage dynamics and still maintain the life and energy in your tracks.

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Word for the Day

01/23/2017
NAMM Show

Every year, the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) organization puts on a number of trade shows in which music merchandisers fill large convention centers with booths and unveil their latest new products and technologies to retailers and the press. Originally, there was only one NAMM show, the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California. Later, the Summer NAMM show was added; it has been held in locales ranging from Indianapolis to Austin to Chicago, but has found its permanent home in Nashville, Tennessee.

Recently, an international NAMM show held in Moscow in the Fall has been added. These conventions are "industry only," meaning they're open to exhibitors, buyers, media, and companies that develop audio-related products and technologies; though some shows offer public days or public hours. If you can't get into a NAMM show, don't worry — thanks to the prevalence of cameras, mobile phones, and coverage from sites like Sweetwater, most of the cool stuff gets posted online pretty quickly.

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