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The Real Story Behind Clapton’s Most Famous Guitars

Eric "Slowhand" Clapton is 72 today. What do you say about the world's only three-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee? As the nation's largest online retailer of instruments and pro sound gear, we'll confess... Read more »

Bitwig Announces Bitwig Studio 2.1 Beta

Bitwig has announced that the beta of Bitwig Studio 2.1 has begun. The new version brings a number of fixes and improvements, as well as new features and devices: A new Amp device is addedMIDI Clock Slave... Read more »

Jeff Owen Interview

Mitch Gallagher interviews special guest Jeff Owen, guitarist/background vocals for Tenth Avenue North.

Cakewalk Releases SONAR 2017.03 Update

Cakewalk has released it's latest update to SONAR Artist, SONAR Professional, and SONAR Platinum. SONAR 2017.03 offers a thorough redesign of the Piano Roll View (PRV) Track Pane and the Controller Pane.You can now... Read more »

Mapex Black Panther Artist Series Snare Drums Demo

Russ Miller presents the Mapex Black Panther Artist Series of snare drums. Mapex worked long hours with multi-platinum recording artist Russ Miller, as well as renowned drummers Matt Halpern and Chris Adler, to... Read more »

How to Hear Your Vocals Onstage

Are you having a tough time hearing yourself when you're singing onstage? You're not alone. As a vocalist, you can't simply turn up your instrument at the source — you can only sing so loud; straining may blow... Read more »

Mapex Black Panther Design Lab Series Snare Drum Demo

Russ Miller presents the Mapex Black Panther Design Lab series of snare drums. Mapex Black Panther Design Lab snares are engineered with Mapex's Concept Hybrid approach to sound design, shell composition, and drum... Read more »

TAMA Superstar Classic 7-piece Shell Pack Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents the TAMA Superstar Classic shell pack with Tangerine Lacquer Burst finish. TAMA's signature thin 100% maple shells endow the Superstar Classic with bold, rich tones to awaken your grooves... Read more »

To Emphasize an Instrument in the Mix, Boost Its Presence

Many guitar amps feature a Presence control. Depending on the specific amp, the Presence is generally operates as a high treble control, adjusting the range around 4kHz or so. The control is so named because when... Read more »

Sib Hashian — Remembering the Drummer That Wasn’t

With the passing of drummer John Thomas "Sib" Hashian this week, rock 'n' roll fans are remembering Sib as the rhythmic force behind one of the most influential bands of the '70s — Boston. But before the fame and... Read more »

Ampeg SCR-DI – Bass Preamp with Scrambler Overdrive Pedal Demo

Dino Monoxelos from Ampeg presents the SCR-DI bass preamp pedal with Scrambler overdrive. Buy the Ampeg SCR-DI bass preamp pedal here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SCR-DI

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 »

Boss Releases ES-8 Firmware Update and ES-8 Editor for Mac/PC

Exciting news for guitarists and bassists who use the Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System to manage their pedals and control their amps and stage systems! Boss has released Version 2 firmware for the ES-8. The update... 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, too) 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 »

Tech Tip of the Day

Bitwig Announces Bitwig Studio 2.1 Beta

Bitwig has announced that the beta of Bitwig Studio 2.1 has begun. The new version brings a number of fixes and improvements, as well as new features and devices:

  • A new Amp device is added
  • MIDI Clock Slave functionality lets you sync up Bitwig Studio 2.1 to external software and hardware clocks
  • Two new note effect devices: MIDI Channel Filter and MIDI Channel Mapper
  • Over 280 new loops and samples: Irrupt Eurorack

Registered users who are part of the 12-month upgrade plan can sign up for the beta on the Bitwig website.

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Word for the Day

Balanced Input

An input that is electrically balanced. In this case, "balanced" refers to a type of AC electrical signal having two "legs" independent of ground. One is generally positive (+) and the other negative (-) in voltage and current flow with respect to ground. Unlike unbalanced audio lines there is no "signal" carried in the shield or ground connection unless there is a fault. The main benefit is that any noise that gets induced into the line will be common to both the positive and negative sides and thus canceled when it arrives at its destination, assuming the destination is balanced.

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