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Articles by Sweetwater

Gibson Les Paul Tribute 2017 HP Electric Guitar Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Gibson Les Paul Tribute 2017 HP guitar. The guitar features all the design elements that have made the Les Paul an industry-standard guitar. The comfortable, weight-relieved mahogany... Read more »

What’s The Difference between a Sealed and a Ported Bass Cabinet?

Let's get the basics out of the way first: a ported cabinet has a port, or opening, that is either in the front or the rear of the cabinet. A sealed cabinet has no ports, and is pretty much air tight. So that's the... Read more »

Digital Recording

Any recording in which the source audio is recorded directly to a digital medium constitutes a digital recording. That includes recording onto digital tape systems, portable digital recorders, digital audio... Read more »

Gibson Les Paul Standard 2017 T Electric Guitar Review

Nick Bowcott presents the Gibson Les Paul Standard 2017 T guitar. It's hard to beat the Gibson Les Paul Standard T solidbody electric guitar for iconic tone with uncompromising playability. You'll love the Les Paul... Read more »

Rob Papen Predator 2 Now Supports Native Instruments NKS Format

Rob Papen Soundware has updated its Predator 2 softsynth with support for Native Instruments' Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) extended plug-in format for KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE 2 hardware... Read more »

Corner Frequency

A synonym for cutoff frequency. This is the point in a filter where the response is 3dB down in amplitude from the level of the passband. Beyond the cutoff frequency, the filter will attenuate all other frequencies... Read more »

Meinl Cajon Drumset Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents Meinl's complete Cajon Drumset. Perfect for studio recording, small stages and acoustic performances, this cool percussion package combines a gorgeous Meinl cajon with a kick pedal, hi-hat... Read more »

Audient iD4 Audio Interface Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Audient iD4 audio interface. Packing large-format console performance into a petite desktop chassis, the Audient iD4 audio interface fortifies your studio with one of Audient's renowned... Read more »

Best Mics for Recording Rap Vocals

Neumann U 87 The Neumann U 87 is an industry-standard condenser mic and has been for years because of its signature sound. The familiar look and sound of the U 87 have made it an engineer's and producer's top pick... Read more »

Do I Need to Put my Guitar Amp on a Stand?

Many players prefer to raise their combo amp up off of the floor, and a dedicated amp stand is often more convenient and stable way to do this versus using a chair. There are several reasons to raise a guitar amp... Read more »

Cyclic Redundancy Check

A cyclic redundancy check, or "CRC," is an error-detecting code common in digital networks and storage devices used to detect changes to raw data. Blocks of data get a short check value attached as they enter one of... Read more »

Live Monitoring 102: How to Use In-ear Monitors (Continued)

This is a continuation of the first video, Live Monitoring 101: How to Use In-ear Monitors, which you can view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKU9LbMOV20 Being able to hear yourself is critical for a great... Read more »

Best Mics and Preamps for Acoustic Guitar

There are many ways to record acoustic guitars — and all are correct. Some engineers like small-diaphragm condenser microphones on acoustics while others prefer to use large-diaphragm condensers — and in some... Read more »

Vinnie Colaiuta Interviewed by Sweetwater

Nick D'Virgilio interviews master drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Jing Chi). Along with guitarist Robben Ford and bassist Jimmy Haslip, Colaiuta was visiting Sweetwater Studios to record their latest album. Vinnie talks... Read more »

Welcome to Sweetwater

Sweetwater offers customers a free 2-year warranty on nearly everything we sell, free shipping, 24/7 technical support and the dedicated support of our Sales Engineers. Visit us at Sweetwater.com, or give us a call... Read more »

How to Reduce Feedback On Stage

We've all been there: the band starts playing, and what begins as a mild, soft high ringing sound suddenly becomes a harsh and overpowering squeal that overwhelms the sound of everything else and makes everyone... Read more »

Contact Microphone

A microphone designed to be in physical contact with the object producing sound. A contact mic receives and derives its audio signal from mechanical vibrations instead of airborne sound waves. These are sometimes... Read more »

Get Your Free Copy of Band:Smart

Want to know everything about everything related to bands and making it in the music business? Then you must check out Martin Atkins' acclaimed Band:Smart book — and we've got it for you completely FREE of... Read more »

TAMA Starclassic Maple Exotix Shell Pack Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents the TAMA Starclassic Maple Exotix shell pack. TAMA's Starclassics once ruled the world. Today, TAMA is transforming these former hard rock staples into a timeless classic: the Starclassic... Read more »

What is the Difference Between Breaking In A Speaker and Speaker Breakup?

Don't confuse speaker breakup with "breaking in" a new speaker — they're completely different things! Often when you buy a new speaker that hasn't had audio pushed through it yet, the cone will be stiff... Read more »


At its most basic, a "circuit" is a signal path through which an electrical current can flow. A circuit must be a complete and "closed" path, meaning that the current circulates around the circuit and can return to... Read more »

PRS 509 Electric Guitar Review

Don Carr presents the PRS 509 solidbody electric guitar. The 509 boasts an amazing array of humbucking and single-coil tones, thanks to five single-coil pickups mounted in the carved figured maple top. The... Read more »

JBL 7 Series Master Reference Monitors Overview

Mitch Gallagher presents the JBL 7 Series of reference monitors. For music production, post and broadcast, JBL 7 series of active studio monitors make it easier to achieve a superior monitoring experience in your... Read more »

Synchro Arts Update Revoice Pro

Synchro Arts has updated their professional vocal production software, Revoice Pro to version 3.3. Revoice Pro 3.3 includes the following enhancements and improvements: Improvements to level and pitch editing... Read more »