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Microphone Month 5

Drums News

Victor Wooten Rocks Sweetwater

Our good friend and bass player supreme Victor Wooten recently stopped by Sweetwater to shoot some videos on behalf of Hartke bass amps. While he was here, he treated the company to an impromptu jam session on our... Read more »

Next-generation Creation Station Music/Audio Computers Arrive!

Sweetwater has released the latest-generation of our Creation Station Windows PC computers — and the new machines are the state of the art for music creation and audio production! There are four models in the... Read more »

Tama Star Series Maple Shell Pack Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKDldIYG4v4 Nick D'Virgilio presents the Tama Star Series Maple Shell Pack. Tama's Star Series is the pinnacle of their drum lineup, designed for maximum shell resonance resulting in... Read more »

Sabian HH Vangaurd Cymbals Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddzdD1cwzhw Nick D'Virgilio presents an assortment of Sabian's HH Vanguard cymbals. "HH" denotes that these cymbals are hand-hammered by expert craftsmen in the old-world tradition. A... Read more »

Pre-GearFest Amplified Workshops

Back by popular demand! Sweetwater's Amplified Workshops take place the day before GearFest officially starts — on June 16, right here on the Sweetwater campus. These paid workshops are taught by highly... Read more »

How to Get a Great Snare Drum Sound by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3zwHV_d8Ow Mark Hornsby and Nick D'Virgilio share some techniques for capturing great snare drum tones. For this video, Mark has chosen a Telefunken M80 dynamic microphone for the... Read more »

Billboard Releases Top 2015 Money-makers List

Billboard magazine has released their list of the top money-making musicians/bands for 2015. It's an interesting list both from the obvious curiosity aspect about who's popular, etc., but even more so because... Read more »

Avid Releases Sibelius 8.3

Avid has announced the latest update to the Sibelius notation software, version 8.3. The new version includes more than 60 improvements, such as the ability to color any note — including the notes in chords... Read more »

Yamaha Live Custom 4-piece Shell Pack Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyzTeaTtSIs Nick D'Virgilio presents the Yamaha Live Custom four-piece shell pack. It delivers a big, meaty sound that's ideal for live situations but gives you the nuance and... Read more »

How to Mic a Drum Kit by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlQhU4fTJ3A Mitch Gallagher and Nick D'Virgilio share techniques for capturing a great sound from an acoustic drum kit. After the video, click the links below for more information on... Read more »

How to Mic a Kick Drum by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU1a_fZvzs0 Mark Hornsby and Nick D'Virgilio offer some tried-and-true techniques for capturing great kick drum tone. For this video Mark has chosen a combination of a Royer R-121... Read more »

Remo Belli Passes

Remo Belli, founder and namesake of Remo, has passed away. Born in Mishawaka, Indiana in 1927, Belli developed an interest in drums at an early age. In high school, he became a busy performing musician, since most... Read more »

Branding for Musicians Workshop

Our friends at Disc Makers are hosting a free webinar on June 2 on a topic that is vital for all musicians: how to develop and promote a unique brand. Being successful in the music business as a musician is, of... Read more »

DW Collector’s Series Lacquer Top Edge Snare Drum Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmwW2ZUOnAY Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio presents the DW Collector's Series Lacquer Top Edge snare drum. Built from 10 plies of maple and mahogany with a premium lacquer finish and... Read more »

Music Icon Prince Passes

Prince Rogers Nelson, best known as simply "Prince," passed away suddenly April 21 at age 57. A native of Minnesota, Prince built a massive career based on his vision of music, production values, refusal to... Read more »

EZdrummer Rocks the ’70s

The hits keep coming from Toontrack! (Sorry, we know that's a terrible pun, but we couldn't resist...) The latest EZX expansion for EZdrummer 2 is Seventies Rock, a collection that includes three kits recorded at... Read more »

Yamaha DTXHP587 Hybrid Add-on Electronic Drum Package Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYJGCYK9H6I Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio shows you how to enhance an acoustic drum kit with the Yamaha DTXHP587 Hybrid Add-on Package. It gives you an easy way to get into hybrid... Read more »

Gon Bops Daniel de los Reyes Signature Cajon Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce4A58oBmG4 Nick D'Virgilio presents the Gon Bops Daniel de los Reyes Signature Cajon. It has a strong bass punch and snare-like snap that's great for mimicking drum set beats. The... Read more »

Tama DKP146 Soundworks Snare Drum Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HED7RKOfh-c Nick D'Virgilio presents the Tama DKP146 Soundworks snare drum. It's made of Kapur - a comparatively heavy hardwood. It sounds tight and well balanced, with a warm, fat... Read more »

DW Collector’s Series Black Iron Snare Drum Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzeTRu1Uk4s Nick D'Virgilio presents the DW Collector's Series Black Iron snare drum. Hand crafted by master drum builder Gregg Keplinger, the DW Collector's Series Black Iron Snare... Read more »

Pearl Music City Custom Reference Pure Shell Pack Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c3cwWnsssI Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio presents the Pearl Music City Custom Reference Pure shell pack. Pearl voiced every drum in its lightweight Reference Pure shell pack with a... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Guide: Recording Live Music

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians: Recording Live Music: Expert Advice to Record Your Live Gigs. This downloadable guide will tell you everything you need to know to... Read more »

Musikmesse Is Here!

Musikmesse, the huge annual music and pro audio trade show held in Frankfurt, Germany, is here — and needless to say, there is loads of new gear on display! Be sure to check out our Musikmesse trade show... Read more »

Country Legend Merle Haggard Passes

Merle Haggard, iconic country music singer/songwriter/musician, passed away today. He was 79 years old. Haggard's family was from Checotah, Oklahoma, but had moved to Bakersfield, California. He was born not long... Read more »