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Coming Soon: NAMM 2017

The annual Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show in Anaheim, California, will open its doors at 10am PST on Thursday, January 19 — and Sweetwater will be there! Tune in at 10 to view... Read more »

Drum Lesson: Linear Triplet Fills with Mike Johnston of MikesLessons.com

Join Mike Johnston of MikesLessons.com for a quick lesson on linear triplet fills, and how to incorporate them into your playing. Check out more lessons from Mike Johnston here: https://www.MikesLessons.com Check... 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 »

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 »

Mitch Gallagher’s Top Pro Audio & Music Gear Picks of 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PcfpDnNIes Join Mitch Gallagher as he looks back at some of the great music gear and audio equipment from 2016. These are just a few of the most notable new products of 2016 - enjoy... Read more »

5 Ways To Improve Your Percussion Tracks

Every studio should have a bag of percussion toys somewhere around. That bag may only contain a tambourine and an egg shaker, or it may hold everything from bongos, triangles and rainsticks to finger cymbals and... Read more »

DW Collector’s Series Jazz Exotic Shell Pack Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3g5PZzj9GU Nick D'Virgilio presents the DW Collector's Series Jazz Exotic Shell Pack. Collector's Series drums boast exceptional craftsmanship, giving you a shell pack that sounds... Read more »

Stone Custom Drum Company Niles Maple/Poplar 3-piece Shell Pack Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYZ0V1NBt7I Nick D'Virgilio presents the Stone Custom Drum Company Niles shell pack. This shell pack has the heart and soul of a late-1970s Slingerland drum kit. In fact, it's a dead... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools 12.7

We posted a teaser back on December 8 about the upcoming release of the next version of Pro Tools, and now the release date is here! Avid has unveiled Pro Tools 12.7, which includes a variety of new features... Read more »

Latin Percussion Matador Stave Cajons Reviewed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87ac3Ph8osk Nick D'Virgilio presents two cajons by Latin Percussion: the Matador Quinto Cajon, and the Matador Tumba Cajon. LP's proud tradition in conga making extends to its LP... Read more »

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 »

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 »

Free Disc Makers Songwriters on Songwriting Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released another essential guide to make music: Songwriters on Songwriting — and like all of their other guides, this one is completely free! In Songwriters on Songwriting, a... Read more »

Pearl Ash Cajon and Eco Acoustic Cajon Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTbEVlZ0cCY Nick D'Virgilio presents two cool cajons from Pearl: the Ash Cajon and the Eco-Acoustic Cajon. Ash is a light and resonant wood that, as the resonator of the Pearl Ash... Read more »

WFL III Limited Edition Aluminum and Limited Edition Maple Snare Drums Reviewed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lUIMHjMGQs Nick D'Virgilio presents two Limited Edition drums from WFL III. Ludwig has over a century in the drum making biz. And today, Bill Ludwig III is bringing the spirit of... Read more »

Black Friday is Here!

Looking for the best deals ever? Then welcome to Black Friday at Sweetwater! Today, you'll find the gear you want at up to 80% off. Whether you're shopping for a gift for the musician, engineer, or producer in your... Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving

From all of us here at Sweetwater and inSync, best wishes for a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Paiste 2002 Big Beat Cymbal Series Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpIEYKVxTsk Nick D'Virgilio presents the Paiste 2002 Big Beat series of cymbals. These cymbals are crafted from Paiste's 2002 bronze (CuSn8) for stage projection and specially... Read more »

Sennheiser HD 200 Pro Headphones

Sennheiser has expanded their popular HD Pro series of headphones with a new model, the HD 200 Pro. Designed to provide Sennheiser-quality audio at an affordable price, the HD 200 Pro features proprietary neodymium... Read more »

Rock ‘N’ Rolla Portable Turntables

Rock 'N' Rolla has introduced three new portable "briefcase" turntable models, the Junior, Premium, and XL. The Junior features three speeds and a USB port for converting your vinyl collection into digital files... Read more »

Drum Tips & Tricks With Kenny Aronoff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HKJYcOEEG8 Nick D'Virgilio joins world-renowned drummer Kenny Aronoff in Sweetwater's Performance Theater to share some wisdom. Best known for his work with John Cougar Mellencamp... Read more »

A Song for You

On November 13, 2016, the Tulsa Sound grew a little quieter with the passing of Leon Russell. From session musician to sideman to solo star, Leon devoted his life to the music that he loved. Leon Russell was born... Read more »

iZotope’s Free Mixing Guide Updated

iZotope has updated their free downloadable Mixing with iZotope guide with new Neutron tips. The free guide takes a comprehensive look at the art, aesthetic, and theory behind audio mixing. You'll learn how to use... Read more »