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How Often Should I Clean My Fretboard?

Getting in a basic maintenance habit of wiping down your guitar or bass with a soft cloth after each playing session is a great way to keep finger gunk and oils from building up over time. If you can't remember to... Read more »

Micarta (TM)

This is a brand name for a thermosetting plastic made from a composite of linen, canvas, paper, fiberglass, carbon fiber, or other fabric. It was invented by George Westinghouse around 1910. It is a trademark of... Read more »

Surgical EQ vs. Tone Shaping EQ

Sometimes a precision, "surgical" EQ cut or boost is exactly what a track or channel needs to accentuate or remove a trouble frequency or to control feedback or resonances. But other times, a wider bandwidth EQ... Read more »

Roland Ready

A synonym for "GK-ready," This distinction means that a device is compatible with Roland's 13-pin GK pickup system for transmitting individual string information independently. This allows for individual processing... Read more »

Disc Makers offers Music Release 101 Course

Looking to release your own music to your fans? Like to maybe sell some copies or get some notice? Then you need this new FREE 5-day e-mail course from our friends at Disc Makers! Just sign up — did we mention... Read more »

The Full-size Odyssey We’ve Been Waiting For

Introduced at Winter NAMM 2015, the 86%-sized re-creation of the historic ARP Odyssey was an instant hit. Many vintage synth fans, however, were clamoring for a full-sized version of the legendary analog synth. The... Read more »

Apogee Updates Element Control App

Apogee has released a free software update for their Element Control app for Mac and iOS. This app, designed exclusively for the Element Thunderbolt audio interfaces, now features a new talkback features which can... Read more »

Convolution Reverb

This is a reverb processor that uses convolution and impulse response files to virtually recreate the ambience of a physical space. Convolution reverbs can sound incredibly realistic when using impulse responses of... Read more »

Strymon Riverside Multistage Drive Pedal Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Strymon Riverside Multistage Drive pedal. Strymon's Riverside multi-stage drive effects pedal goes from crystal-clear clean boost to thick, modern high gain without sacrificing sound... Read more »

How to Add Depth to Delay with Reverb

Here's a method for adding depth to and mellowing out the character of a delay effect: Insert a reverb plug-in after a delay plug-in on a channel strip or aux channel in your DAW. Keep the reverb decay short, and... Read more »

Linear Phase Equalizer

A linear-phase equalizer uses linear-phase filters. This means that when a signal goes through the filter, all frequencies should experience the same time delay (known as "pure time delay"), which preserves the wave... Read more »

Allen & Heath Qu Series Buying Guide

The Qu series of digital mixers is Allen & Heath's answer to the call for a powerful live sound mixing system with convenient recording and playback solutions, iPad control, and flexible I/O options. These mixers... Read more »

2017 Winter NAMM Rumors: CONFIRMED

Sure, the Holidays are nice, but every musician knows that the real winter magic happens at the annual NAMM Show. This is the music industry's largest platform for launching new, innovative tech and gear and before... Read more »

Hammond Novachord with Sweetwater’s Daniel Fisher

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm3RBAZChrQ Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's full-time synth fanatic, gives an in-depth tour of the Hammond Novachord, which is widely regarded as the father of the modern polyphonic... Read more »

Behringer DeepMind 12 Chord and Poly Chord Modes

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's in-house synth guru, digs deeper into the Chord and Poly Chord features of Behringer's DeepMind 12 True Analog 12-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer. For a 42-minute overview of the DeepMind 12... Read more »

Behringer DeepMind 12 Basic Edit Pages

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's synthesis expert, digs deeper into the basic Edit Pages of Behringer's DeepMind 12 True Analog 12-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer. For a 42-minute overview of the DeepMind 12 please watch:... Read more »

Behringer DeepMind 12 Control Voltage and Pedal Inputs

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's mad scientist of synth, digs deeper into the basic Control Voltage and Pedal Inputs of Behringer's DeepMind 12 True Analog 12-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer. External control of the... Read more »

Behringer DeepMind 12 Arpeggiator

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's soundware engineer, digs deeper into the Arpeggiator features of Behringer's DeepMind 12 True Analog 12-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer. For a 42-minute overview of the DeepMind 12 please... Read more »

Behringer DeepMind 12 Modulation Matrix

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's professor of synthesis, digs deeper into the Modulation Matrix features of Behringer's DeepMind 12 True Analog 12-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer. For a 42-minute overview of the DeepMind 12... Read more »

Cut the Mud

In most popular music, electric bass generates much of the punch and bottom end, working in conjunction with the kick drum. Because of this, it stands to reason that you want to have as much low end in your bass... Read more »

Connection Terminal

In a speaker, a connection terminal provides a way to make an electrical connection to the voice coil. Speakers use variety of terminal types, including simple push-on terminals or gold-plated 5-way binding posts... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2017 Sneak Preview!

The big annual Winter NAMM trade show is just around the corner, and we're expecting an amazing array of new product introductions at this year's show! But why wait until the show opens to start learning about... Read more »

Dueling Drummers: Nick D’Virgilio and Mike Johnston of MikesLessons.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgus-9_jNz0 Find out what happens when two world class drummers join forces in the Sweetwater Performance Theatre. Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio is joined by Mike Johnston of... Read more »

Fender American Professional Stratocaster Guitar Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gggETM6ic84 Don Carr presents the American Professional Stratocaster from Fender. It has been crafted to give you the best design elements from classic vintage Strats and the most... Read more »