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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 »

Sweetwater-Exclusive Vox AC10 Custom

Take one of the popular Vox AC10 all-tube 1x10" combo amps and replace the stock speaker with a Celestion Greenback, and what do you get? You get the Sweetwater-exclusive Vox AC10 Custom — and one amazingly... Read more »

PRS McCarty 594 Solidbody Electric Guitar Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PLeUxt4GtY Don Carr presents the PRS McCarty 594 electric guitar. a new take on their important McCarty line, gracefully blending elements of a fine vintage instrument with modern... Read more »

TC Electronic Sub ‘N’ Up Octave Pedal Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7GsWqFA__c Russell Gray from TC Electronic presents the Sub 'N' Up octave pedal. It has the power to turn your guitar tone into a ringing 12-string, a mammoth synth-style tone, and... Read more »

5 Great Reasons to Attend GearFest 2016!

GearFest 2016 — our 15th annual FREE celebration of music and gear — takes place next Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, 2016, right here on the Sweetwater campus in Fort Wayne, IN! Here are five great... Read more »

Rocktron Launches MicroHUSH

The world-famous HUSH noise reduction system from Rocktron will be available in a space-saving bantam/mini pedal format with the launch of the all-new MicroHUSH! There's never enough room on a pedalboard for all the... Read more »

GearFest App Now Available

The countdown is on: GearFest 2016 is just around the corner! This year's event is going to be the biggest and best ever. With so much to see and do, you're going to want to plan out your schedule — and now we've... Read more »

Les Paul – A Brief History

Today we celebrate what would be the 101st birthday of one of the most important figures of modern music, Lester William Polsfuss, better known as Les Paul. Many know Les Paul for his extensive catalog of hit... Read more »

Dave Amato Interviewed by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbDBV6bWnjM Mitch Gallagher interviews guitarist Dave Amato from REO Speedwagon. They talk about Dave's beginnings on the East Coast, singing background vocals, how to get more tour... Read more »

TC Electronic Wiretap Riff Recorder Pedal Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZJLdk74_Nw Russell Gray from TC Electronic presents the Wiretap riff recorder pedal. This pedal makes it easier than ever to capture a song idea while you're riffing, gigging, or... Read more »

The Grand Design Deluxe Edition

If you have discovered Grand Designs — the incredible documentary about the music and career of iconic guitarist Carl Verheyen — then you know that Carl's new album, The Grand Design, is loaded with killer songs... Read more »

Supro Drive Pedal Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2v5nEPtjDA Don Carr presents the Supro Drive overdrive pedal. This classic overdrive pedal by Thomas Elliott faithfully mimics the circuitry of the output section of a 1960s Supro... Read more »

Free Home Studio Handbook from Disc Makers

Our friends at Disc Makers have released another free must-have how to guide: The Home Studio Handbook! This guide provides information on everything you need to know about recording in your home. From building an... Read more »

Line 6 Introduces Helix Edit Software

The Line 6 Helix is an amazingly powerful amp/effects modeler, yet it's also quite easy to use. Now, to make tone creation with the Helix even easier, Line 6 has released the Helix Edit Software for Mac and Windows... Read more »

Universal Audio Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe Plug-in Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se6ZtYF0bXI Mitch Gallagher presents the Universal Audio Fender '55 Tweed Deluxe amp-modeling plug-in, with help from James Santiago from UA. This plug-in is compatible with all UAD-2... Read more »

Shure SM58 Celebrates 50!

Mic Month 2016 may be drawing to a close, but it's not too late for one final shout out: the Shure SM58 dynamic cardioid microphone turned 50 years old just a few weeks ago! Introduced in March of 1966 at the... Read more »

Xotic SP Compressor Pedal Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHpcsfFmYgI Don Carr presents the Xotic SP Compressor pedal. Based on the iconic Ross compression circuit, the SP Compressor does a phenomenal job of evening out your dynamics while... Read more »

Sweetwater Hosts Worship Connect

The recent Worship Connect event at Sweetwater was a workshop designed to help worship leaders, techs, and musicians become better leaders and artists within their community. This was a unique opportunity to get... Read more »

Vox Releases Tone Room App for Android

Vox has added Android support to their Tone Room amp for USB-equipped Vox amplifiers, such as the VX II, VT20X, VT40X, and VT100X, and more. Tone Room allows for easier editing of your favorite amp models and... Read more »

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 »

6 Tips for Getting Great Acoustic Guitar Sounds by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmQfVv_cn84 Mitch Gallagher and Don Carr present six tried-and-true techniques for capturing great acoustic guitar tones, using the Audio-Technica AT5045 large-diaphragm condenser... Read more »

PRS Announces McCarty 594

Paul Reed Smith Guitars has unveiled their latest, the McCarty 594. A vintage-inspired instrument, the McCarty 594 combines effortless playability, authentic vintage tones, versatile sonic selections, and gorgeous... 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 »

Bogner La Grange Overdrive/Boost Pedal Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zla5C7yq7bc Don Carr presents the Bogner La Grange Overdrive/Boost pedal. It's essentially a highly tweakable amp-in-a-box that nails the aggressive tones of late '60s British amp... Read more »