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XILS-lab Launches StiX

French virtual instrument developer XILS-lab has announced StiX, a virtual analog and multi-synthesis drum machine with an integrated sequencer for Mac and PC. Based on the long-lost STIX Programma ST-305 from... Read more »

Sweetwater Exclusive Meinl Percussion Artisan Edition String Cajon Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKbRuPDKWIo Nick D'Virgilio presents a Sweetwater Exclusive version of the Meinl Percussion Artisan Edition String Cajon. In addition to the stunning good looks of its Ocean Blue... Read more »

FXpansion Announces BFD Horsepower

FXpansion has released their latest edition to the expanding BFD 3 library, BFD Horsepower. BFD3 is the third generation of FXpansion's flagship software acoustic drum studio for Mac (OS X 10.6.8 or higher) and... Read more »

Sweetwater Joins Industry in Rallying Behind New Audio Format

Sweetwater Sound, the No. 1 online retailer of music instruments and pro audio equipment in the U.S., has announced that they are partnering with major professional audio gear manufacturers and industry-leading... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools 12.5

Avid has released Pro Tools 12.5 and Pro Tools HD 12.5. The big news in this version is the arrival of Avid Cloud Collaboration, which brings to fruition the ongoing addition of new Pro Tools features, such as... Read more »

Tama S.L.P. Series Hammered Steel Snare Drum Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCDprwNg-rU In this video we're playing the Tama S.L.P. Series Hammered Steel snare drum. This 5.5" x 14" snare drum boasts a 1.2mm hammered steel shell, brass tube lugs, and... Read more »

Disc Makers Celebrates 70th with Giveaway

Our friends at Disc Makers are celebrating their 70th anniversary — and you could be a lucky winner! As part of the celebration, Disc Makers presents "Disc Makers Ultimate CD Wallet Bundle Prize Package,"... Read more »

Live Sound Month Continues at Sweetwater!

As part of Live Sound Month, the experienced sound-reinforcement engineers and performing artists at Sweetwater have prepared over 30 articles covering topics from speaker coverage and speaker delay to the best way... Read more »

Keith Emerson Passes

Prog-rock keyboard virtuoso/composer/legend Keith Emerson died Friday at his home in Santa Monica, Los Angeles. A pioneer in the prog-rock genre, Emerson, as one of the founders of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, combined... Read more »

Pearl Music City Custom Reference Pure Double-bass Shell Pack Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7HvTszuebc Hey drummers, check out this Pearl Music City Custom Reference Pure shell pack! Pearl voiced every drum in its lightweight Reference Pure shell pack with a custom blend of... Read more »

Live Sound Month at Sweetwater!

We're celebrating Live Sound Month at Sweetwater! For over three decades, our passion has been helping performers take the stage with confidence, with PA solutions that cover everything from churches to coffee... Read more »

6 Ways to Overcome Drum Volume by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TlGnzDHxUk Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio presents six great tips for managing the volume of your drum kit. Whether you're playing live on a crowded stage, or in a studio recording... Read more »

Roland TD-30KSE Electronic Drum Set Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsQuIOcMCJg Hey drummers, check out the TD-30KSE electronic drum kit from Roland! This Sweetwater Exclusive version of the TD-30K features an upgraded VH-13-MG hi-hat and a PD128S... Read more »

Sabian XSR Series Cymbals Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3ENqKfys8M Bob Rupp and Doug Webber from Sabian present the XSR Series of cymbals. For the XSR Series, Sabian has leveraged the latest cymbal-making technology and drawn on many of... Read more »

Roland EC-10 El Cajon Electronic Cajon Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTCim1oik6I Hey drummers, check out the EC-10 El Cajon, an electronic cajon from Roland! In addition to top-notch acoustic sounds, the EC-10 EL Cajon is packed with 30 electronic kits... Read more »

iSPARK and SPARKle for iPad

Arturia has introduced iSPARK, an app for iPad that brings the power of SPARK 2 to the mobile world. Best of all, iSPARK's user interface is designed to emulate Arturia's SPARKle compact rhythm controller, and you... Read more »

Tama Starclassic Performer B/B Shell Pack Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XbwSh_7_uI Hey drummers, today I'm trying out the Tama Starclassic Performer B/B Shell Pack. Each of the four shells included in this kit features hybrid birch and bubinga, a... Read more »

Tama S.L.P. Series Figured Maple Snare Drum Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FI9xnmgjKw Hey drummers, take a listen to this Tama S.L.P. Series snare drum! Balancing vintage tone with modern construction methods, the TAMA S.L.P. Vintage Poplar Maple snare drum... Read more »

Tama Starclassic Performer B/B Shell Pack Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_uhZ9WL4qQ Hey drummers, today I'm playing the Starclassic Performer B/B 4-piece shell pack from Tama. The shells included in this kit feature hybrid birch and bubinga shells, a... Read more »

Disc Makers Guide to Marketing for Musicians

Our friends at Disc Makers have published another free guide: The Complete Marketing Process for Musicians: Creating and Executing a Music Marketing Plan. It's no secret that you'll never build a fan base or get... Read more »

Pearl Music City Custom Drum Kit Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_vBatmeu0M Pat Saunders from Pearl presents the Music City Custom series of acoustic drum kits, with help from Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio. The custom blend of maple and African... Read more »

President’s Day Sale — Save Up to 72%!

Looking for a great deal? You'll definitely find amazing deals at Sweetwater's 2016 President's Day Sale! You could save up to 72% off of regular prices on select items, now through February 16, 2016. Check out some... Read more »

DW Collector’s Series Pure Oak 5-piece Shell Pack Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_vVU7twpDQ Hey drummers, check out the DW Collector's Series Pure Oak 5-piece shell pack! Collector's Exotic Series drums boast exceptional craftsmanship, giving you a shell pack... Read more »

Get iZotope DDLY Free — Limited-time Offer

Free never sounded so good! Get iZotope's new DDLY Dynamic Delay Plug-in absolutely FREE from Sweetwater, no strings attached! Limited-time offer good through March 9, 2016. The DDLY is designed to let you create... Read more »