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Ambient Field

This refers to the distance away from a sound source where the reverberation or ambience is louder than the direct sound from the source. Louder and more powerful sound sources can have ambient fields that are... Read more »

Strymon Sunset Dual Overdrive Pedal Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Strymon Sunset Dual Overdrive Pedal. Strymon analyzed six of the most legendary overdrive and boost circuits, then fine-tuned their voicings to cover the widest range of tones possible... Read more »

Peter Erskine on TAMA Snare Drums

World-renowned drummer Peter Erskine shares why TAMA snare drums are among his first-choice instruments. After the video, check out TAMA snare drums at Sweetwater here:... Read more »

Live Mixing Tip: Use Reverb to “Position” Backup Vocals

Getting the balance between lead vocal and background vocals can be tricky, particularly if you're in a small venue where the instruments aren't running through the PA. In these situations, reverb is your friend... Read more »


A synonym for "phase shifter." A phaser is an effect common in guitar stompboxes and multieffects processors. A phaser uses phase modulation in order to create swooping and "jet airplane" sounding effects, somewhat... Read more »

Celebrating 30 Years of Fender Custom Shop

The Fender Custom Shop is celebrating 30 years in 2017! These special artisans have crafted amazing guitars through the years, for celebrities and others desiring one-of-a-kind instruments, for those seeking... Read more »

How to Sync Lighting to Your Live Show

Well-synchronized lighting can take your live show to a new level — chaotic lighting can clear the room in a hurry. Mitch Gallagher shares advice on using a DMX interface to control your lighting show from DAW... Read more »

Peter Erskine on Remo Drum Heads

World-renowned drummer Peter Erskine talks about why Remo drumheads are his drumheads of choice. After the video, shop Remo at Sweetwater here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/manufacturer/Remo Watch the making of... Read more »

Digital Mixer Tip: Build a Live Mix Off a Template

Using templates is a time-honored technique for quickly setting up your DAW in the studio. But it can also be a time saver when setting up your digital mixer for a live show. (Various digital mixers may use... Read more »

Crossover Frequency

"Crossover frequency" refers to the specific frequency at which a crossover divides the audio information into separate frequency ranges. Nearly all speaker cabinets used in PA systems or HiFi and studio systems... Read more »

BLOCKS Dashboard

ROLI has announced BLOCKS Dashboard, a free app that integrates Lightpad Block, Live Block, and Loop Block with digital audio workstations (DAWs) and plug-ins. Essentially, BLOCKS Dashboard turns Lightpad Block... Read more »

Peter Erskine on Zildjian Cymbals

World-renowned drummer Peter Erskine talks about why Zildjian cymbals are among his instruments of choice. When alchemist Avedis Zildjian I set out to create gold by combining metals, he instead discovered an alloy... Read more »

Behringer Updates DeepMind 12 Firmware to v1.0.4

Behringer has released a firmware update for the DeepMind 12 polysynth. The new version 1.0.4 firmware includes both new features and bug fixes: New Features Added OSC1 Fine, OSC2 Fine and OSC1+2 Fine tune... Read more »

Rough Mix

A preliminary mix of the existing tracks and elements recorded for a song. A rough mix is usually the first opportunity for the artist and producer to hear what they have recorded in the context of a complete or... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Vocalist’s Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians. Entitled The Vocalist's Guide to Recording, Rehearsing, and Performing: Care and Maintenance for Singers in Every Genre, this guide is... Read more »

Peter Erskine on TAMA Drums

World-renowned drummer Peter Erskine talks about why TAMA drums are his instruments of choice. TAMA builds their drums with a painstaking attention to detail, precision, and care in order to deliver the best drum... Read more »

Richard Chycki on Recording John Petrucci

Producer/engineer Richard Chycki sits down with Mitch Gallagher to talk about recording John Petrucci's guitar for the Dream Theater album, The Astonishing. He shares session photos and talks about the process for... Read more »

Yamaha Commercial Audio Updates Firmware of Dante-equipped Products

Yamaha has released firmware updates for many of its Dante-equipped products, introducing AES67 compatibility and connectivity along with a number of other functionality updates. Yamaha CL/QL series Digital Mixers:... Read more »


CobraNet is a combination of software, hardware, and network protocols was designed to deliver uncompressed, multi-channel, low-latency digital audio over an Ethernet network. Developed in the 1990s, CobraNet... Read more »

Electro-Voice ND Series Microphones Demo

Nick D'Virgilio presents the Electro-Voice ND series of microphones, and shares some tips on how to use them to capture exceptional drum tones. After the video, learn more about the microphones and other gear used... Read more »

Peter Erskine — The Return of DR.UM

Join world-renowned drummer Peter Erskine for a recording session at Sweetwater Studios. Widely known for his drumming with Weather Report, Steps Ahead, and other jazz icons, Peter Erskine shares his love of jazz as... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases SONAR 2017.02 Update

Cakewalk has released the SONAR 2017.02 update for SONAR Artist, SONAR Professional, and SONAR Platinum. The new update includes the following: Reuse existing Take lanes when recording — SONAR will now place... Read more »

Ethernet Network

A network in which all the included devices are attached via an Ethernet cable. Ethernet is a robust, twisted-pair cable with a locking connector, making it ideal for high-speed, high-volume data transfers over... Read more »

Amphion One15 Passive Studio Monitors Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Amphion One15 passive studio monitors. Any pro monitoring setup could benefit from Amphion One15 speakers. These high-end passive monitors employ custom-designed drivers, a high-density... Read more »