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139th AES Convention Coverage Begins October 30!

The 139th AES Convention, one of the premier audio events of the year, is set to unveil the latest technological advances from the professional audio world and Sweetwater will keep you in tune with all of it. A... Read more »

Stone Custom Drum Company Super American Hawaiian Koa Snare Drum Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wd4qgwGOMw Hey drummers, check out this gorgeous Hawaiian Koa snare drum from Stone Custom Drum Company! This is a 7-ply drum with Hawaiian koa over a cherry core. It features... Read more »

PreSonus Announces HP2

The PreSonus HP2 stereo personal headphone amplifier is designed for musicians and performers who need mobility and uncompromising audio quality when using wired headphones or in-ear monitors. The HP2 is a portable... Read more »

DW Collector’s Exotic 5-piece Shell Pack Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlwbmE0HFCA Let's check out another gorgeous drum kit from DW's Collector's Exotic series - this one features a Clear Rally Stripe Over Tropical Olive finish, with nickel hardware... Read more »

7 Questions About Sample Rate

It's easy to talk about the sample rates for sessions, but how much do you know about it? In this article, I'll answer a few questions about sample rates. What is "Sample Rate"? Sample rate is literally how fast... Read more »

Pearl Roadshow 4-piece Complete Drum Set Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLy-SavolKY Hey everybody, here's a great drum kit for beginners: the Pearl Roadshow 4-piece complete drum set. The Pearl Roadshow drum set is a no-hassle, one-stop-shop kit for all... Read more »

Gretsch Drums Marquee 5-piece Shell Pack Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzSYQ9iAxi8 Hey drummers, today we're taking a look at the Grestch Drums Marquee 5-piece Shell Pack! This shell pack includes a kick, three rack toms, and a floor tom - and each drum... Read more »

Equalization — A Primer

Equalizers. We use them all the time, but other than twisting knobs (or adjusting sliders), we don't generally think about what they are — or how they came about. An equalizer (EQ) allows for manipulation of... Read more »

An Intro to Reverb

Reverb is arguably one of the mixing engineer's most-used effects. Though its popularity waxes and wanes (there was a time when singers sounded like they were in the bottom of a well, and a time when reverbs were... Read more »

36 Month Financing is Back — for a Limited Time!

0% interest for 36 months on qualifying orders $699 and up; that's what Sweetwater's 36 Month Financing is all about. Just your Sweetwater Musician's All Access Platinum Card, make the required 36 equal monthly... Read more »

The Definitive Press Kit Guide for Musicians

Want to get noticed by the press? Then you're going to need a press kit — and not just a selfie and quick email, but a well-designed, professional package that conveys what you and your music are all about... Read more »

Akai MPC Touch Announced

Akai Professional has announced the latest member of the immensely popular MPC Music Production Center family, the MPC Touch! With the MPC Touch, Akai has reinvented the Music Production Center paradigm, using a... Read more »

Classic Kenny Aronoff Grooves for Toontrack

Toontrack has announced a new MIDI drum expansion pack for EZdrummer and Superior Drummer, American Rock MIDI! The new collection of MIDI grooves features 376 individual MIDI files selected and performed by Kenny... Read more »

Is Your Music Good Enough?

Here's an interesting article we stumbled across on how to step back and evaluate whether your music is really ready for release or not. It's hard for all of us to be objective about our art, and the tips in this... Read more »

Meinl Percussion Ergo-Shaped Pedal Cajon Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr1N1K8B_wM Hi everybody, today I'm trying out the Ergo-Shaped Pedal Cajon from Meinl Percussion! This cajon has a handy snare throw-off control on its side, which makes it easy to... Read more »

Apple Releases OS X El Capitan

Apple has unveiled the latest version of OS X, OS X 10.11 — nicknamed "El Capitan." The new operating system for Mac computers adds many useful enhancements, including new ways to manage multiple windows and... Read more »

Roland HandSonic HPD-20 Percussion Controller Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CXHLAWP8RI Hi everybody, check out the Roland HandSonic HPD-20! This digital drum is a very cool instrument - it's fun and easy to play, sounds great, and has a ton of different... Read more »

Straight From Iceland

Toontrack has announced their latest EZX expansion pack for EZdrummer 2: Post-Rock. Recorded in Iceland's Sundlaugin Studios (originally a 1930s bath house/swimming pool) by engineer Birgir Jon Birgisson and drummer... Read more »

Pearl SensiTone Elite Brass Snare Drum Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOKfakuSS-E Hey everybody, check out this Pearl SensiTone Elite Brass Snare Drum! I love brass snare drums, and this one by Pearl is no exception. The sound has plenty of snap, the... Read more »

DW Collector’s Exotic Cherry 7-piece Drum Set Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L40Lj5ZSk4M Hey drummers, check out this DW Collector's Exotic Cherry drum kit! You can probably tell from the video that I had a ton of fun playing this kit. The toms have an awesome... Read more »

How to Make Your Recording Space Sound Great

It's a fact that most home studios are, well, in homes. And while this makes many things easier (for example, getting to the session on time), there is one thing that is inescapable — the average bedroom is... Read more »

Gretsch Drums Catalina Club 4-piece Drum Kit Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhsGGiIjj1U Hi everybody, today we're taking a look at the Catalina Club four-piece kit from Gretsch Drums. These are mahogany drums, which are known for their rich and warm tone. It... Read more »

Kenny Aronoff on TAMA Drums by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iB-6QuyVjU Legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff explains why he likes TAMA drums. After the video, click the link below for more info on TAMA drum gear at Sweetwater. Check out TAMA... Read more »

Meinl Percussion Modern Snare Cajon Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o0GjI94Vd0 Hi everybody, check out the Modern Snare Cajon by Meinl Percussion! You can get two very distinct sounds just by engaging or disengaging the snare wires. A knurled knob on... Read more »