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Articles by Sweetwater

Should I Record at the High Sample Rates?

This is one of those "it depends" and "let your ears decide" questions/answers. Almost every interface these days can record up to at least a 96kHz sample rate; some go to 192kHz or in a few cases, even higher. But... Read more »

Flute

The flute is woodwind instrument that unlike a reed-based woodwind produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening. Musicians who play the flute are referred to as flute players, flautists, or flutists. A... Read more »

How to Automate Patches for Live Performances

Whether you're a guitarist, keyboard player, or other type of electronic musician, automating your gear to change presets along with your performance is a huge help. Mitch Gallagher shares expert advice on... Read more »

How to Use a Click Track to Maximize Live Performance

Performing along with a click track is a smart way to tighten up your playing, and it doesn't have to be complicated. Veteran performer Nick D'Virgilio shares some expert advice on using a click track for live... Read more »

Live Monitoring 101: How to Use In-ear Monitors

Being able to hear yourself is critical for a great live performance, and in-ear monitors are a smart solution. Nick D'Virgilio shares some expert advice on getting the most out of your in-ear monitoring system at... Read more »

How to Incorporate a Digital Mixer into Your Live Sound System

Mitch Gallagher shares expert advice on integrating a digital mixer into your live sound system. For this video Mitch is using a Behringer X Air X18 digital mixer, connected to a pair of QSC K12 powered... Read more »

Live Vocal Processors: Add Studio Magic to Your Live Show

For many singers, one of the most thrilling developments in music technology to take hold over the past decade is the widespread availability of live vocal processing. What started off as a handful of harmonizers... Read more »

Going Wireless: Solutions for Cutting the Cord

There are many reasons to embrace the wonderful wireless technologies available to modern live sound production, from the freedom to move around the stage to the ability to significantly drop stage volume. In many... Read more »

Great Microphone Stands & Accessories You Should Know About

Consider the humble microphone stand — an often overlooked yet essential part of any live sound-reinforcement system. There are many kinds of stands to choose from, and it's important that you invest in the stands... Read more »

Best Live Sound Mic Placement Techniques

Getting great live sound is as much an art as it is a science, and much of that has to do with basic engineering techniques. Mic placement is one of the biggest factors of good live sound — nothing you do at... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates KOMPLETE KONTROL Software

Native Instruments has released a new version of their KOMPLETE KONTROL software to control their KOMPLETE KONTROL S-series keyboard controllers. In addition to assorted bug fixes, KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.8 offers an... Read more »

Woodwind Instrument

Woodwind instruments are a family of musical instruments within the more general category of wind instruments. There are two main types of woodwind instruments: flutes and reed instruments, depending on how they... Read more »

Bitwig Studio 2 Released

Bitwig has released Bitwig Studio 2, the next generation of their popular linear/non-linear music-production and -creation platform. Bitwig Studio 2 is loaded with new features, new devices, new capabilities, and... Read more »

Innovative New Effects with Eventide Fission

Eventide has released a new plug-in, Fission, that brings new capabilities to the world of audio processing based on innovative Structural Effects technology. Structural Effects is a patent-pending technology that... Read more »

Free QMix-UC App for PreSonus StudioLive and Studio 192

PreSonus has released a new version of the QMix-UC app, which allows for remote control over StudioLive Series III and StudioLive AI mixers asw well as Studio 192-series audio interfaces. The free app allows up to... Read more »

How to Control Delay with a Noise Gate

Adding delay and echo effects in a mix is a time-tested and great-sounding way to add depth and texture to a song. But if you're not careful, delays can make a mix sound messy and cluttered. Here's a cool mix trick... Read more »

Brass Instrument

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... Read more »

How Richard Chycki Recorded Drums and Keyboards for Dream Theater

Mitch Gallagher sits down with acclaimed Engineer, Mixer, and Producer Richard Chycki. He talks with Mitch about the microphones used to record the drums and piano/organ for the latest Dream Theater album, The... Read more »

LR Baggs Synapse Personal PA System at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the LR Baggs booth at NAMM to check out the Synapse personal PA system. With 500-watt Class D amplification and a compression woofer and tweeter with matched sound propagation for seamless... Read more »

AoE

The abbreviation for audio over Ethernet. This refers to the use of an Ethernet-based network to distribute real-time high-fidelity, low-latency digital audio. AoE replaces bulky snake cables or audio-specific... Read more »

Everywhere with Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash. This article could end right there. Few names in music pack a bigger wallop than the Man in Black himself – and today is his birthday. With Spring Break coming, it might be interesting to get a few... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE 2.6.1 Hotfix

Native Instruments has released the following statement: "Today we are releasing a hotfix for the MASCHINE 2.6 software update. We noticed an issue that prevents new users from accessing the library properly. While... Read more »

Audio Over Ethernet

In audio and broadcast engineering, audio over Ethernet (abbreviated "AoE") is the use of an Ethernet-based network to distribute real-time high-fidelity, low-latency digital audio. AoE replaces bulky snake cables... Read more »

Nick Bowcott Interviewed by Sweetwater

Mitch Gallagher interviews the one and only Nick Bowcott, the newest member of Sweetwater's Marketing Team. Known for his aggressive guitar antics with British metal band Grim Reaper, and more recently as Director... Read more »