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Erskine Hawkins Joins the Sweetwater Team!

Erskine comes to us from Dallas, Texas and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the University of North Texas. He has been on the road touring for several years, playing keys for Eminem... Read more »

Free Chick Corea Electric Piano for Montage

Yamaha has a announced a big bonus for owners of the incredible Montage synthesizers: the Chick Corea Mark V Sample & Performance Library for MONTAGE. The library is available as a free download from Yamaha. In 1984... Read more »

Can I Use the Fishman TriplePlay with iOS?

Q: Can I use the Fishman TriplePlay wireless MIDI guitar system with my iPad or will it only work with a computer? A: You can most certainly use the Fishman TriplePlay with an iOS device. All that is required is an... Read more »

Morgan Amps MVP23 Combo Amplifier Reviewed

By manipulating the Morgan Amps MPV23's simple controls, you can craft tones ranging from boutique cleans to liquid overdrive. Everything is interactive, thanks to this amplifier's unique gain structure. Roll back... Read more »

Zoom Updates MS Series Pedals

Zoom has updated the firmware for their MS series of guitar and bass stompboxes. For the MS-70CDR MultiStomp, Firmware Version 2.0 offers 51 all-new effects, including classic effects such as Tremolo, Slicer... Read more »

JHS Pink Panther Delay Pedal Review

Based on their very first delay pedal from 2007, the JHS Pink Panther digital delay pedal is a great example of digital processing done right. With the Dark control fully clockwise, you'll hear transparent digital... Read more »

Propellerhead Reason 9.5 DAW Software Reviewed – Now Supports Plug-ins!

Here's a reason to celebrate: now you can enhance your Reason sessions with any plug-in you want! Faster, sleeker, and more intuitive than ever, Reason 9.5 adds VST plug-in support to the legendary DAW's acclaimed... Read more »

QSC Updates TouchMix Digital Mixer Firmware

QSC has released version 3.0 firmware for the TouchMix-8 and TouchMix-16 digital mixers and version 1.2 firmware for the TouchMix-30 Pro digital mixer. The new firmware updates bring a host of new features and... Read more »

Ludwig Evolution Maple 6-piece Shell Pack Review

Get this shell pack here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/EVOM622TBK The Evolution Maple's lacquered shells are made from 100% North American maple and, thanks to 45° bearing edges and triple-flanged hoops... Read more »

Arturia AudioFuse Audio Interface Reviewed

The Arturia AudioFuse is a next-gen USB audio interface designed to optimize workflow, connectivity, latency, and sound quality. Built on a meticulously designed, symmetrical audio chain, the 14 x 14 AudioFuse rocks... Read more »

Vintage AKG C12 vs. New Telefunken C12 Mic Comparison

What's the sonic difference between a brand-new Telefunken C12 microphone compared to a vintage original AKG C12? Join Mitch Gallagher as we put them up against each other, featuring vocalists Nick D'Virgilio and... Read more »

Celebrating the Birth of (the) Les Paul

    It was exactly 102 years ago today that Lester William Polsfuss was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Happy birthday, Lester. Of course, we're talking about the late, great Les Paul, the grandfather of the... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases REAKTOR Blocks 1.3

Native Instruments has released a major update to REAKTOR Blocks. Version 1.3, first shown at the Superbooth show, introduces a new Blocks family, Kodiak. These five modules — two sequencers, one oscillator, a... Read more »

Trick Drums Buddy Rich 100th Anniversary Snare Drum Review

Buddy was the master. No one can dispute that. Tone, technique, showmanship — the man had it all. From Trick Drums of Chicago, a city Buddy loved, comes a signature snare in honor of his 100th birthday. The BRD100SD... Read more »

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Re-creating Classic Rock Synth Sounds with Daniel Fisher

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's Classic Rock evangelist, walks you through the recreation of five iconic synth effects from the 1970s, using the new Novation PEAK Polyphonic Desktop Synthesizer. Daniel is controlling... Read more »

Avid Updates Sibelius and Sibelius First to Version 8.6

Avid has released the latest updates to Sibelius, their flagship notation software, and Sibelius First, its friendly sibling. The new version features bugfixes, general improvements, and the following enhancements:... Read more »

Best Travel Guitars: 5 Great Guitars for the Road

We've all felt it. The desperate need to wrangle our favorite 6-string while we're far from home. Unfortunately, thanks to excessive baggage costs, the cumbersome nature of many guitar cases, and restrictions... Read more »

Yamaha Clavinova CLP-625 Digital Piano Review

The Yamaha Clavinova CLP-625 is an ideal digital piano for your home, giving you stunningly realistic playing feel and sound in a decor-friendly traditional package. With its Graded Hammer 3X keybed and synthetic... Read more »

Yamaha Clavinova CLP-645 Digital Piano Review

Thanks to its NWX (Natural Wood X) keyboard with synthetic ebony and ivory keytops and escapement, you'll enter a new world of realistic playability when you sit down in front of the Yamaha Clavinova CLP-645. And it... Read more »

Yamaha Clavinova CLP-635 Digital Piano Review

The Yamaha Clavinova CLP-635 wraps an authentic piano playing experience into a decor-friendly traditional package. A Graded Hammer GH3X keybed, synthetic ivory/ebony keytops, and escapement ensure that you'll... Read more »

Vox MV50 Tube Amplifier Heads Review

For electric guitar amplifier heads that push 50 watts of power, the Vox MV50 series of amplifiers are about as small as they come. By utilizing their Nutube technology and a Class D power section, Vox is able to... Read more »

Best Guitars for Beginners

When you're just beginning your guitar playing journey it's very important to have the right guitar, more than at any other point along the road. You will want an instrument that is easy to play, stays in tune... Read more »

A First Timer’s Guide to GearFest

GearFest 2017 has almost arrived (register here for FREE)! In a matter of weeks, more than 14,000 music fans will descend on the Sweetwater campus for two full days of workshops, performances, product demos — and of... Read more »