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Ableton Just Announced Live 10. Here’s What’s New.

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How to Be a Successful YouTube Musician

Hello Sweetwater Fans! My name is Casey Cooper, and I run a YouTube channel based around my life as a drummer aimed at inspiring, educating, and entertaining drummers, people, and musicians all around the world. I... Read more »

SoundSwitch 512-Ch USB DMX Controller/Software Demo by Sweetwater

Performing with Serato DJ and SoundSwitch is like having your own personal tech running your lights for you. This powerful hybrid software/hardware DMX lighting control system lets you easily create exciting... Read more »

Five Ways to Use Ableton Live to Jump-start Creativity

There are reasons that Ableton Live has become one of the world's most popular DAWs. Some people love how it can be used in a live setting as a player for backing tracks, as a sound module for a keyboard rig, or as... Read more »

3 Reasons Native Instruments Maschine MK3 is a Big Deal

Native Instruments' retooled Maschine MK3 offers powerful new features such as a built-in 24-bit/96kHz audio interface, high-resolution full-color displays, larger pads, touch-sensitive knobs, and more. As a... Read more »

Three Easy Mastering Tips for a Better Final Mix

Mastering is the final stage in the music production process before you send the audio out for CD manufacturing or to download and streaming outlets. It's where you add finishing touches to your completed mix before... Read more »

Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol MK2 Keyboard Controller Demo

Native Instruments' retooled Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2 includes powerful new features such as high-resolution full-color displays, pitch and mod wheels, a four-directional push encoder, and more, along with unrivaled... Read more »

Going Front of House with Pete Keppler

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Roland SH-01A Synthesizer Module Demo at Knobcon 2017

The SH-01A reimagines Roland's venerable SH-101 synthesizer as a Boutique Series module. Just like the original, the SH-01A generates distinctive bass sounds and bubbly analog effects using a simple 1-VCO, 1-VCF... Read more »

Roland TR-08 Rhythm Composer Demo — Knobcon 2017

Roland's TR-08 reimagines the world's most famous drum machine as a Boutique Series module. Fire it up, and you'll experience the same sizzling hi-hats, snappy snare, clicky rimshot, and unmistakable cowbell as the... Read more »

TipTop Audio Modules Demo from Knobcon 2017

Sweetwater's Daniel Fisher visits the TipTop Audio booth at Knobcon 2017 to check out their Eurorack modular synthesizer modules. After the video, shop TipTop Audio at Sweetwater here:... Read more »

Propellerhead Software Announces Reason 10

Propellerhead Software made a major announcement today about their immensely popular music-creation platform for Mac and Windows, Reason: The new version of the software, Reason 10, will be released to the world on... Read more »

5 Essential EDM Sounds and How to Make Them

Ten years ago, EDM was an acronym that a handful of people used to describe the whole of electronic dance music — techno, house, drum, bass, and the like — but in recent years, it's developed a much more focused... Read more »

The Musician’s Guide to Hearing Protection — from a Doctor!

Why would a major touring act like AC/DC abruptly cancel 10 concerts on their Rock or Bust World Tour? In March 2016, lead singer Brian Johnson was advised by his physicians to "stop touring immediately or risk... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates Battery to 4.1.6

Native Instruments has released BATTERY 4.1.6. The update features a new browser "favorites" option: users can add a star to any kit or sample and restrict searching to favorites. BATTERY 4.1.6 also fixes minor bugs... Read more »

Extremely Broken Things: Repairing Dweezil Zappa’s #1 Guitar

When Dweezil Zappa packed his gear to play Sweetwater's GearFest 2017 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he brought along his go-to Gibson Frank Zappa® Roxy SG. The flight itself was uneventful, but somewhere between the West... Read more »

Avid Announces Complete Plug-in Bundle

Now, you can have the complete library of Avid plug-ins for Pro Tools, Pro Tools HD, or Pro Tools First, for Mac or Windows, for less than 14 cents a day! Avid has announced their Complete Plug-in Bundle, which... Read more »

Get a Free AES Convention Pass – Courtesy of Sweetwater!

This year's 143rd International AES (Audio Engineering Society) Convention is shaping up to be one of the best ever. The annual AES convention and trade show is an unparalleled opportunity to check out new gear in... Read more »

Tips for Traveling with Instruments & Gear

When it comes to taking your show on the road, you can't beat giving the compass a spin and seeing where you land. But be careful. Life on the road can be tough on your gear. How can you make sure your gear has as... Read more »

PreSonus Releases Mobile Apps for Android

PreSonus has released Android versions of three mobile control apps previously only available for iOS: UC Surface provides complete multi-touch control of StudioLive AI consoles, RML-series rack mixers, and... Read more »

Serato DJ Club Kit and HID Mode Overview

Get the Serato DJ Club Kit here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SeratoClubKit OP from Serato presents the DJ Club Kit and gives an overview of HID Mode. The Serato DJ Club Kit is the perfect way to step up... Read more »

IMSTA Festa Chicago, July 22, 2017

IMSTA Festa is coming to Chicago on July 22, 2017! IMSTA Festa is an event dedicated to sharing and learning about software for music production, networking, and learning better ways to make music. This year's event... Read more »

New from Waves and CLA!

It was a huge honor and pleasure to have our good friend, uber-mixer Chris Lord-Alge (Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, Keith Urban, Aerosmith, and countless more), join us here for GearFest 2017. He put on an... Read more »

Serato Sample Plug-in Expansion Demo

Get the Serato Sample plug-in here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SeratoSample With the Serato Sample plug-in, you can quickly find 16 of the best samples in your track, chop them out, and tweak them to... Read more »