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Gretsch Drums Brooklyn 4-Piece Shell Pack Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgyzni6qFTA Nick D'Virgilio presents the Gretsch Drums Brooklyn four-piece shell pack. The Gretsch Brooklyn 4-piece Shell Pack boasts vintage tone that can only be described as warm... Read more »

Bitwig Studio Update Features MASCHINE JAM Integration

Bitwig has updated Bitwig Studio to version 1.3.15. The flagship new feature of this update is support for the Native Instruments MASCHINE JAM hardware controller. The update also includes numerous enhancements to... Read more »

VHF

The abbreviation for "very high frequency," which refers to a band or range of radio frequencies defined by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to be used for some television stations and a wide variety of... Read more »

Antelope Synergy Bundle Announced

Antelope Audio has announced that they are bundling the free "Antelope Synergy Bundle" with all of their audio interfaces: Zen Studio, Zen Tour, Orion Studio, Orion 32, Orion 32+, and Goliath. The Synergy Bundle... Read more »

TC-Helicon Perform-VK Vocal Effects Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO2UfDZ2vJk Mitch Gallagher presents the TC-Helicon Perform-VK vocal processor. Get the TC-Helicon Perform-VK here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PerformVK/

QSC TouchMix-30 Pro Digital Mixer Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox6ZQ63rBUg Mitch Gallagher presents the QSC TouchMIx-30 Pro digital mixer with touchscreen interface. With a total of 32 inputs, advanced processing and routing capabilities, and a... Read more »

High-Output Pickup

A high-output pickup sends a stronger signal to an amp, for a given amount of string movement/mass, compared to a lower-output pickup. This is a term that means different things depending on your perspective —... Read more »

Can I Run a Distortion Pedal into a Raging Guitar Amp?

Sure. Some of the most famous sounds in rock have been using a BOSS Super Overdrive, Ibanez TubeScreamer, or MXR Distortion+ into a distorted amp. You just need to keep the concept of gain staging in mind. If you've... Read more »

Xotic X-Blender Effects Loop Pedal Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpV952iHP78 Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's Director of Product Optimization, takes a break from his keyboards to geek on his second love, guitar processors. In this video, Fisher... Read more »

Avid Announces Upcoming Pro Tools 12.7 and More!

Our friends at Avid made several important announcements today. 1. There are big promos going on through the end of the year for owners of Pro Tools 9.x, 10.x, 11.x, and 12.x with an expired or no Annual Upgrade... Read more »

Waves Primary Source Expander

With a hi-tech name like "Primary Source Expander," you know the new plug-in from Waves has to be cool! This plug-in is designed for live sound use; it lets you increase mic gain before feedback while reducing stage... Read more »

Fender Announces New American Pro Series

Fender has released an new family of instruments, the American Professional series! The new series brings new pickups, new models, and new colors to the Fender lineup. Best of all, we've already got them in stock... Read more »

Dual Coil Pickup

A musical instrument (usually guitar or bass) magnetic pickup design that uses two coils of wire and two magnets. The two coils of wire are usually out of polarity with one other, and then each is wrapped around a... Read more »

How Do I “Break In” a Speaker?

When you're dealing with any mechanical device that has moving parts, those parts will naturally move more freely when they have been loosened up by use. In speakers, both the surround (the ring of rubber or foam... Read more »

The Journey of a Pearl Music City Custom Drum Kit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8rSBFOCDjA Join Nick D'Virgilio as he heads down to the Pearl factory in Nashville to witness the birth of a Music City Custom drum kit. You'll get to see how the kit is built, then... Read more »

Greg Lake Dies at 69

Greg Lake Remembered Today's gray December skies just got a little grayer. Iconic vocalist, musician, and producer Greg Lake lost his fight with cancer on December 7, 2016, at the age of 69. For more than 47 years... Read more »

Manley ELOP+ Compressor/Limiter Overview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSBozWlVHPQ Ted Bahas from Techrep Marketing presents the Manley ELOP+ compressor/limiter. Manley's ELOP has remained an essential component in the signal chains of top engineers... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates KONTAKT to 5.6.5

Native Instruments has released a new update to KONTAKT 5, bringing it to version 5.6.5. The main addition in this update is a new user interface tool for KONTAKT instrument builders — a fully customizable XY... Read more »

Dual Coil

A musical instrument (usually guitar or bass) magnetic pickup design that uses two coils of wire and two magnets. The two coils of wire are usually out of polarity with each other, and then each wrapped around a... Read more »

Steinberg Unveils Cubase 9

Big news from Steinberg: Cubase 9 is here! The new version is loaded with killer, innovative features that will make creating music and audio productions easier, faster, and more creatively inspiring than ever... Read more »

MXR Shin Juku Drive Pedal Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi246PX-lck Mitch Gallagher presents the MXR Custom Shop Shin Juku Drive. The MXR Custom Shop worked closely with celebrated Japanese amp guru Shin Suzuki to craft a pedal that... Read more »

Is It Better to Use an FRFR Speaker or a Guitar Amp with a Modeler?

In the early days of guitar amp modeling, most modelers did not let you separate out the preamp and power amp emulation from the speaker cabinet emulation. This meant that if you played with your modeler through a... Read more »

Single-coil Pickup

A musical instrument (usually guitar or bass) magnetic pickup design that uses only one coil of wire around a magnet. This is in contrast with a dual-coil, or humbucking, pickup design. Both designs are common and... Read more »

Two New Mobile Interfaces from MOTU

MOTU has released two new "hybrid" audio interfaces for Mac, Windows, and iOS: the 624 and 8A. Each of these compact, mobile interfaces supports Thunderbolt and USB3 connectivity as well as AVB/TSN audio networking... Read more »