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Drums News

How to Get a Great Kick Drum Sound with Telefunken Microphones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI1_bPxJoNE Mark Hornsby from Sweetwater Studios shares some tips on getting a great kick drum recording, using Telefunken microphones. Mark shows how the choice of microphone, the... Read more »

Yamaha Recording Custom Series Drum Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpZpra7crB4 Nick D'Virgilio presents the Yamaha Recording Custom Series. The Recording Custom Series has been re-engineered in collaboration with Steve Gadd, an iconic session... Read more »

Yamaha Recording Custom Series Drum Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpZpra7crB4 Nick D'Virgilio presents the Yamaha Recording Custom Series. The Recording Custom Series has been re-engineered in collaboration with Steve Gadd, an iconic session... Read more »

Welcome Aston Microphones

We're pleased to welcome Aston Microphones to the Sweetwater family! Created using British engineering and unique processes, Aston mics are instantly recognizable. From the drawing board through fabrication to final... Read more »

Pearl Midtown Drum Series Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_Ub7qRR3mA Raymond Massey from Pearl presents the Midtown Series 4-piece shell pack (in the Black Gold Sparkle finish). This 4-piece shell pack squeezes into the tiniest corner of a... Read more »

DW Performance Series Satin Oil Drums Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvMolJQs9dY Nick D'Virgilio presents the DW Performance Series Satin Oil drums. Delivering unbelievable resonance and projection thanks to DW's proprietary HVX shell, Performance... Read more »

Sugar Percussion Interview with Sweetwater Sound

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InGUPeEwTdQ Nick D'Virgilio sits down with the crew from Sugar Percussion: Ruby Sugar Price, Jefferson Shallenberger, and Jonathan Womble. They explain how they began making drums and... Read more »

Glen Sobel Interviewed by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JA-E7_iaEQ Nick D'Virgilio sits down with drummer Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper) for an interview. Glen talks about his musical history, his equipment, playing with Motley Crue, and much... Read more »

DW Purple Heart Snare Drum Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq_3-E1RJDc Nick D'Virgilio presents the DW Purple Heart snare drum. This snare drum exhibits excellent attack, projection, and sensitivity, and it's versatile enough for nearly any... Read more »

Todd Sucherman Interview at Sweetwater GearFest 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jwj9vWWmjEk Nick D'Virgilio sits down with drummer Todd Sucherman for this interview at Sweetwater's GearFest 2016. Todd Sucherman, drummer from the multi platinum band STYX won #1... Read more »

Bill Ludwig III Interviewed at Sweetwater GearFest 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqJ6wsNLdD0 Nick D'Virgilio sits down with drum industry veteran Bill Ludwig III. Bill talks about his early experiences with drums, Ringo Starr, and what goes into a great set of... Read more »

The History of DW with John Good, by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaNd6NK7SzE Nick D'Virgilio joins master drum builder John Good, Vice President of DW, to learn about the history of the DW drum company. Since their initial 1972 start as a small... Read more »

Ludwig Keystone X Pro Beat Shell Pack Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRkdDnEy_z0 Nick D'Virgilio presents the Ludwig Keystone X Pro Beat shell pack. A great combination of mounted tom, floor tom, and bass drum shells for recording and live performance... Read more »

The Indie Artist’s Guide to Gigging

The latest FREE downloadable guide from our friends at Disc Makers is The Indie Artist's Guide to Gigging: Strategies for Booking, Promoting, and Thriving On Stage in Your Home Town and On the Road, a comprehensive... Read more »

Neil Peart’s R40 Retro Drums at Sweetwater GearFest 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv7UWpIbaQo Nick D'Virgilio talks with Lorne Wheaton, drum tech for Neil Peart, to talk about Neil's drums on display at GearFest 2016. Lorne was on hand all weekend long to answer... Read more »

Happy 4th of July!

Best wishes from everyone at inSync and Sweetwater for a safe and enjoyable day celebrating the freedom of our nation!

Alex Van Halen’s Touring Kit at Sweetwater GearFest 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uih7ulBbl20 Nick D'Virgilio talks with John Douglas, drum tech for Alex Van Halen. Van Halen's drum kit was on display at Sweetwater's GearFest 2016 - join Nick as John walks us... Read more »

Scotty Moore Dies at 84

One of the founders of rock and roll, genre-defining guitarist, Scotty Moore, best known for his time as Elvis Presley's guitarist and first manager, passed away at his home yesterday. In addition to performing and... Read more »

Chad Wackerman Interview at Sweetwater GearFest 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe-pPagP0gs World-famous drummer Chad Wackerman sits down with Nick D'Virgilio for this interview at GearFest 2016. Chad deftly fuses the power of rock with the finesse of jazz. His... Read more »

Harmony Central’s GearFest X-treme Show Report

Our friends at Harmony Central have posted an awesome report on their experiences at GearFest 2016 here at Sweetwater! The crew from HC arrived with the Harmony Central AirStream trailer in tow and set up a command... Read more »

Summer NAMM is Here!

The annual Summer NAMM trade show, held in Music City — Nashville, TN — opened its doors today and will run through Saturday, June 25. The Summer NAMM show is always a blast, with new product... Read more »

New Products Announced at GearFest 2016

The 15th annual GearFest saw the announcement of many great new products — attendees at the show were the first in the world to see and get their hands on these new releases! From Arturia to sE Electronics to... Read more »

Make Music Day 2016

Join in a world-wide celebration of music on June 21! First launched in France in 1982, Make Music Day has grown into an international festival, with events in more than 700 cities in 120 countries! Anyone and... Read more »

GearFest Exclusive: the World’s First Commercially Available Synthesizer

Here's a hot tip on an amazing must-see at GearFest here at Sweetwater this weekend: see and hear a beautifully restored 1941 Hammond Novachord — widely considered the precursor to the modern synthesizer... Read more »