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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 »

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 »

Diezel VH4 Distortion Pedal Review

Sweetwater's Nick Bowcott presents the Diezel VH4 distortion pedal. Based on the formidable high-gain tone of the VH4 tube amplifier, the Diezel VH4 Pedal delivers all the high-intensity distortion you can handle... Read more »

Tommy LiPuma Passes Away

The music industry woke up to an empty chair at the recording console on Tuesday — legendary producer Tommy LiPuma died on Monday, March 13. He was 81. His passion for music was infectious, and he inspired artists... Read more »

Fender American Professional Jazzmaster Guitar Review

Don Carr presents the Fender American Professional Jazzmaster. The V-Mod pickups in the Fender American Professional Jazzmaster were developed by Michael Frank-Braun, the same guy who created the legendary pickups... Read more »

Strymon Brigadier Delay Pedal Review

Don Carr presents the Strymon Brigadier dBucket delay pedal. From the deeply mellow sound of bucket loss to the gritty buildup of stacked repeats, the Strymon Brigadier dBucket Delay pedal captures the... Read more »

Universal Audio Releases New UAD v9.1 Software with Apollo Multi-Unit Support For Windows 10

Universal Audio has updated their UAD Software to version 9.1. Now Windows 10 PC users now have the same mix-and-match capabilities as Mac users, enabling them to cascade up to four Apollo Thunderbolt audio... Read more »

Tech Tip of the Day

03/23/2017
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 sounds:

  • Over 200 new presets
  • New sound variations, for new and existing sounds

New features:

  • Added new "Center" and "Width" controls to modulate scan range
  • Added a new page of motion curve presets
  • Added compact view
  • Manual scan mode in "Speed" tab
  • Volume faders for sound variations in "Perform" section
  • Copy/paste sound variation parameters across snapshots
  • Copy/paste all FX parameters from one sound variation to another
  • All parameters can now be automated
  • New controller pages for KOMPLETE Kontrol S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE

The update is free to all registered users via the Native Access application.

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Word for the Day

03/23/2017
X-Over Cable

An abbreviation for "crossover cable," this is a type of cable designed to connect two devices directly together that would normally have a hub between. This comes up often with Ethernet cables. Ethernet RJ-45 connectors are normally wired for the paradigm where everything runs through a hub. When two devices are connected directly together the wiring is backward and does not match up. So there are "crossover cables" where the middle four of the eight wires are reversed from one end to the other. This is the type of cable required to connect two computers with Ethernet directly together without the need for a hub or switch. Crossover cables are also found in other domains, such as parallel cables for computers. Here they are commonly known as "Null Modem" cables.

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