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Articles by Sweetwater

Remembering Roy Orbison

Rock legend Roy Orbison would've been 81 today. To give Roy our best on his birthday, we're going to take a look at the one song that many consider to be his best — "Oh, Pretty Woman."   In the early days of... Read more »

Glen Campbell: The Rhinestone Cowboy

  Glen Campbell is one of the most important musicians to ever make an impact on the great American songbook. With an enviable catalog of A-list credits as an LA studio session guitarist, more than 50 years of... Read more »

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

Don Carr here, putting the PRS J-MOD 100 to work! I wrote and recorded this piece of music specifically for the J-MOD and it's the only amp on the track, along with a nice variety of guitars and pedals. Seven... Read more »

Geoff Downes Interviewed by Sweetwater

Mitch Gallagher is joined by keyboardist and producer Geoff Downes (Yes, Asia, The Buggles, Glenn Hughes) for a special interview at Sweetwater. Downes talks about his tour with Asia, the origins of "Video Killed... Read more »

Mapex Saturn V MH Exotic 4-piece Shell Pack Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents the Mapex Saturn V MH Exotic 4-piece shell pack. With its SONIClear bearing edges and tone-enhancing tom hardware, there's no question about it: the Mapex Saturn V is the best Saturn shell... Read more »

Hamer Standard Electric Guitar Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Hamer Standard solidbody electric guitar. True to the Hamer name, the Standard solidbody electric guitar is highly playable and offers an impressive tonal range. A pair of Duncan... Read more »

Mix Tip: Spread High Frequencies in the Stereo Field

Higher frequencies generally contribute the openness, clarity, and "air" in a mix. However, you don't want your mix to sound too trebly by mixing your high frequencies too loud. This is where judicious use of stereo... Read more »

Condenser Mic

A condenser microphone is a very simple mechanical system, with almost no moving parts compared to other microphone designs. It is also one of the oldest microphone types, dating back to the early 1900s. A condenser... Read more »

Mix Tip: For Dynamic Mixes, Mix The Loudest Part First

Some songs are really easy to mix. The instruments don't overlap each other's frequency spectrums, or maybe the arrangement is so consistent when you get one part of the song down, the rest of the song falls into... Read more »

Tube Mic

A microphone that features tube-based internal preamplification electronics.

Yamaha MX88 Synthesizer Demo

Blake Angelos from Yamaha presents the MX88 keyboard. The Yamaha MX88 rocks more than 1,000 killer MOTIF XS sounds, a class-compliant USB audio/MIDI interface, and deep controller integration with your favorite... Read more »

Waves Updates Plug-ins to v9.91

Waves has updated their plug-ins to version 9.91. In addition to fixing bugs, the new update includes the following enhancements: All plugins now have control mapping for Avid S3 and S6 control surfaces.H-EQ: New... Read more »

Mic Element

This refers to the specific electronic principle that the microphone uses. So a condenser microphone uses a condenser element, a ribbon microphone uses a ribbon element, an electret uses an electret element, and so... Read more »

Sweetwater’s JUNO-DS Value-added Thumb Drive Overview

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's Director of Product Optimization, has created a Sweetwater-exclusive 8GB bonus thumb drive that lets you take your JUNO-DS61 and JUNO-DS88 to a whole new level. The thumb drive is so... Read more »

The FCC’s Wireless Spectrum Auction: Why You Should Care

The US government authorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to auction off a portion of the wireless spectrum (TV bands) to make that spectrum available for wireless broadband and cell phone uses. These... Read more »

Novation PEAK Polyphonic Synthesizer Demo

Mitch Gallagher presents the Novation PEAK synthesizer module, with help from Novation's Enrique Martinez. With three New Oxford Oscillators per voice, each with traditional waveshapes plus access to 17 digital... Read more »

Interview: Dream Theater’s John Petrucci

At Sweetwater, we try to get to know every one of our customers personally. It turns out some of them are a pretty big deal in the music industry. They're also some of the coolest we know. Do you want to meet some... Read more »

Vocalists: Bring Your Own Mic to the Gig

As a vocalist singing with bands (and that includes instrumentalists who sing backups as well as lead singers), it's possible to get by without owning your own vocal microphone. Often the person in the band who owns... Read more »

Microphone Element

This refers to the specific electronic principle that the microphone uses. So a condenser microphone uses a condenser element, a ribbon microphone uses a ribbon element, an electret uses an electret element, and so... Read more »

ESP LTD EC-1000QM Piezo Electric Guitar Demo

Chris Cannella from ESP Guitars presents the LTD EC-1000QM Piezo electric guitar. The Eclipse's set-neck design keeps it resonating longer than bolt-on designs. And with Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups, you've got... Read more »

Allan Holdsworth: One Step Beyond

Eddie Van Halen on Allan Holdsworth: "...the best in the books. Holdsworth is so damned good that I can't cop anything. I can't understand what he's doing." Steve Vai on Allan Holdsworth: "Allan Holdsworth's unique... Read more »

Spirit of the ’76

How today's compressor manufacturers are covering a classic. The quintessential FET compressor. It gave us the dramamine-inducing meter dance of the "all-button mode." It's the mysterious signal processing device... Read more »

Are Coil-tapped Humbuckers Still Noise Cancelling?

These days, a lot of guitars equipped with humbuckers offer a switch or push/pull knob that lets you get a single-coil style sound from your pickup, making your guitar more versatile. But does getting that... Read more »


Also just called an "electret" or "electret mic," this is a type of microphone design, similar to a condenser. Basically, there is a permanently charged plate in the mic element. As the diaphragm moves in response... Read more »