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Microphone Month 5

Articles by Sweetwater

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 »

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 »

Back-Electret

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 »

Blackstar ID:Core 40 V2 Stereo Combo Amp Review

Nick Bowcott presents the Blackstar ID:Core 40 V2 combo amp. It might be the ultimate practice amplifier for beginning guitarists. Choose from six inspiring amp voices that run the gamut from classic clean to... Read more »

Electret Mic

Also just called an "electret" or "back-electret," 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 »

Peace of Mind: Uninterruptable Power Supply

Many people use an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) battery back-up power unit for their computer — basically a UPS is a battery that provides power when the AC from the wall is cut. With a UPS there's... Read more »

Trace Elliot Transit A Acoustic Preamp Pedal Review

Don Carr presents the Trace Elliot Transit A acoustic preamp pedal. Plugging your acoustic-electric guitar directly into the PA is convenient. But you're at the mercy of the engineer. That's why Trace Elliot created... Read more »

4 Tips for Overcoming Songwriter’s Block

When it comes to your music, you're firing on all cylinders. Your playing has never been better. Your confidence is soaring. Enough with the covers! It's time to crank out an original masterpiece that reflects your... Read more »

Apogee Updates Symphony Control Software for Symphony I/O Mk II

Apogee has updated their Symphony Control software for their flagship Symphony I/O Mk II series of audio interfaces. The release offers significant new features for users, including standalone AD/DA functionality... Read more »

Dynamic Mic

A dynamic mic is one in which audio signal is generated by the motion of a conductor within a magnetic field. In most dynamic mics, a very thin, light diaphragm moves in response to sound pressure. The diaphragm's... Read more »

BOSS LS-2 Line Selector Pedal Review

Nick Bowcott presents the BOSS LS-2 line selector pedal. This pedal allows you to switch easily between several different effects and route input and output signals flexibly. The LS-2 can also supply 9V DC power to... Read more »

Mix Tip: Subtle Movement Using Tremolo

Tremolo is usually used as an intense effect. Whether a classic surf pulsing or a choppy, almost techno effect, when most people reach for tremolo it's to create something in your face. But tremolo can also be used... Read more »

Mult (Synth)

When talking about modular synthesizers and EuroRack modules, a mult is an input that splits the signal to multiple output jacks, allowing the same signal to be routed to more than one destination at a time. This is... Read more »

Seymour Duncan PowerStage 700 Guitar Amp Head Review

Don Carr presents the Seymour Duncan PowerStage 700 guitar amplifier. This miniature power amplifier is engineered to attain the best tone and performance from your pedal-based electric guitar rig. Small enough to... Read more »