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Pittsburg Modular Lifeforms Foundation Evo Synthesizer Demo

Perry Willig from Pittsburgh Modular presents the Lifeforms Foundation Evo modular analog synthesizer. With 15 Eurorack modules pre-loaded in a sturdy case, the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Foundation Evo is a... Read more »

PRS J-MOD 100 John Mayer Signature 100-watt Tube Head Demo

Don Carr travels to PRS Headquarters to meet with Paul Reed Smith and Doug Sewell, to put the J-MOD 100 John Mayer Signature tube head to the test. Designed with John Mayer to be his go-to guitar amplifier for... Read more »

Focusrite Releases RedNet Control 2

Focusrite has released a major update to their RedNet Control software, RedNet Control 2, which provides remote control over the company's range of RedNet hardware. The new RedNet Control 2 was developed largely in... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases Kontakt 5 Update

Native Instruments has released an update to Kontakt 5. The new version 5.6.6, in addition to bug fixes, offers a return to full key coloring on the virtual keyboard, making switch placements and sound and sample... Read more »

Keeley Dark Side Workstation Analog Multi-effects Pedal Demo

Aaron Pierce from Keeley Electronics presents the Dark Side Workstation analog multi-effects pedal. Combining biting fuzz, multi-head tape-style delay, and vibrant modulation effects, the Keeley Dark Side... Read more »

Softube Updates Console 1 Software with UAD Plug-in Support

Softube has released a Console 1 software update with support for selected UAD Powered Plug-ins from Universal Audio. This update allows users of Console 1 to add to their collection of Console 1 EQ, Compressor... Read more »

Fender American Professional HSS Shawbucker Stratocaster Review

Don Carr presents the Fender American Professional HSS Shawbucker Stratocaster. It's been crafted to give you the best design elements from classic vintage Strats and the most popular modern features in one... Read more »

Steven Slate Interviewed by Sweetwater

Mitch Gallagher is joined by Steven Slate, CEO of Slate Digital. He talks with Mitch about his early days creating drum sample collections, his work as a recording engineer, and what drives him to continue creating... Read more »

Come as You Are

Today is February 20, and Kurt Cobain would be celebrating his 50th birthday. Let that sink in for a second — Kurt Cobain. Fifty. Unfortunately, the events surrounding Kurt's tragic death tend to overshadow the man... 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 »

PRS Sonzera Amplifier Demo

Don Carr visits PRS headquarters to try out their line of Sonzera amplifiers. Don is joined by Paul Reed Smith and Doug Sewell to learn more about what make these amps tick. The Sonzera series amps offer two... 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 »

Tech Tip of the Day

02/22/2017
Native Instruments Releases Kontakt 5 Update

Native Instruments has released an update to Kontakt 5. The new version 5.6.6, in addition to bug fixes, offers a return to full key coloring on the virtual keyboard, making switch placements and sound and sample positions clearer.

This is a free update to all registered users available via the Native Instruments Native Access app.

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Word for the Day

02/22/2017
Brass

Brass, or brass instruments, are wind instruments that produce sound through vibrating air in a tubular resonator in sympathy with the vibration of the player's lips. Different mechanisms, such as slides, valves, or keys are used to change effective length of tubing, while the player's lip tension and air flow serve to select the specific harmonic produced from the available series. These days, Modern brass instruments come in one of two families:

Valved brass instruments use a set of valves (usually three or four, but there can be as many as seven or more) operated by the player's fingers that introduce additional tubing, or crooks, into the instrument, changing its overall length. The valves are usually piston valves, but can be rotary valves.

Slide brass instruments use a slide to change the length of tubing. The main instruments in this category are the trombone family, though valve trombones are sometimes seen in jazz.

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