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Yamaha MX88 Synthesizer Demo

Blake Angelos from Yamaha presents the MX88 keyboard. The Yamaha MX88 rocks more than 1,000 killer MOTIF XS sounds, a class-compliant USB audio/MIDI interface, and deep controller integration with your favorite... Read more »

Sweetwater’s JUNO-DS Value-added Thumb Drive Overview

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's Director of Product Optimization, has created a Sweetwater-exclusive 8GB bonus thumb drive that lets you take your JUNO-DS61 and JUNO-DS88 to a whole new level. The thumb drive is so... Read more »

Novation PEAK Polyphonic Synthesizer Demo

Mitch Gallagher presents the Novation PEAK synthesizer module, with help from Novation's Enrique Martinez. With three New Oxford Oscillators per voice, each with traditional waveshapes plus access to 17 digital... Read more »

Best Effects Pedals for Synths and Keyboards

Effect pedal choices have exploded over the past decade, giving guitarists and bassists a mind-bending selection of both boutique and common brand pedals. Many of these pedals can also be used with keyboards and... Read more »

Get Your Free Copy of Band:Smart

Want to know everything about everything related to bands and making it in the music business? Then you must check out Martin Atkins' acclaimed Band:Smart book — and we've got it for you completely FREE of... Read more »

Ikutaro Kakehashi’s Remarkable 808

Sweetwater owes an unpayable debt to innovators like Roland Corporation Founder Ikutaro Kakehashi. With his passing on April 1, 2017, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to give just one small example of the... Read more »

How to Choose Effect Pedals for Your Synth

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's mad scientist of sonic aberration, explains how to choose effect pedals to use with synths and demonstrates why he considers these some of the best effects pedals for synthesizers. They... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Vocalist’s Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians. Entitled The Vocalist's Guide to Recording, Rehearsing, and Performing: Care and Maintenance for Singers in Every Genre, this guide is... Read more »

AKAI Professional MPX16 Sample Recorder and Player

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's in-house sample jockey, demonstrates some alternative uses for the AKAI Professional MPX16 Sample Recorder and Player, as well as a brief walk-through of its parameters and computer-based... Read more »

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Foundation Evo Synthesizer Demo

Perry Willig from Pittsburgh Modular presents the Lifeforms Foundation Evo modular analog synthesizer. With 15 Eurorack modules pre-loaded in a sturdy case, the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Foundation Evo is a... Read more »

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox Semi-modular Analog Synthesizer Demo

Perry Willig from Pittsburgh Modular presents the Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox, a semi-modular Eurorack-format analog synthesizer. It delivers the full power of the Lifeforms SV-1 Synthesizer Eurorack module in a fully... Read more »

Disc Makers Releases Free Home Studio Handbook

Our friends at Disc Makers have published their latest free guide: The Home Studio Handbook! Aimed at anyone interesting in home recording, this guide provides information on everything you need to know about... Read more »

Editors’ Picks: Coolest New Gear of 2017… So Far

Here at Sweetwater we constantly scan the horizon looking for new and innovative products or vintage products come back to life. We look for awesome new gear that excites us — gear that we know our customers... Read more »

Roland RD-2000 Digital Piano at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the Roland booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the RD-2000 stage piano. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017 trade show here:... Read more »

Dave Smith Instruments REV2 & Pioneer DJ Toraiz AS-1 Synthesizers at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the Dave Smith Instruments booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the REV2 polyphonic analog synthesizer, as well as the Toraiz AS-1 synth by Pioneer DJ (developed with DSI technology)... Read more »

Sweetwater’s Winter NAMM 2017 Report

The annual Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show in Anaheim, California is here — and Sweetwater is on the scene! Check out our comprehensive online trade show report here at... Read more »

Coming Soon: NAMM 2017

The annual Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show in Anaheim, California, will open its doors at 10am PST on Thursday, January 19 — and Sweetwater will be there! Tune in at 10 to view... Read more »

Disc Makers offers Music Release 101 Course

Looking to release your own music to your fans? Like to maybe sell some copies or get some notice? Then you need this new FREE 5-day e-mail course from our friends at Disc Makers! Just sign up — did we mention... Read more »

The Full-size Odyssey We’ve Been Waiting For

Introduced at Winter NAMM 2015, the 86%-sized re-creation of the historic ARP Odyssey was an instant hit. Many vintage synth fans, however, were clamoring for a full-sized version of the legendary analog synth. The... Read more »

2017 Winter NAMM Rumors: CONFIRMED

Sure, the Holidays are nice, but every musician knows that the real winter magic happens at the annual NAMM Show. This is the music industry's largest platform for launching new, innovative tech and gear and before... Read more »

Hammond Novachord with Sweetwater’s Daniel Fisher

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm3RBAZChrQ Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's full-time synth fanatic, gives an in-depth tour of the Hammond Novachord, which is widely regarded as the father of the modern polyphonic... Read more »

Behringer DeepMind 12 Basic Edit Pages

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's synthesis expert, digs deeper into the basic Edit Pages of Behringer's DeepMind 12 True Analog 12-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer. For a 42-minute overview of the DeepMind 12 please watch:... Read more »

Behringer DeepMind 12 Chord and Poly Chord Modes

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's in-house synth guru, digs deeper into the Chord and Poly Chord features of Behringer's DeepMind 12 True Analog 12-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer. For a 42-minute overview of the DeepMind 12... Read more »

Behringer DeepMind 12 Arpeggiator

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's soundware engineer, digs deeper into the Arpeggiator features of Behringer's DeepMind 12 True Analog 12-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer. For a 42-minute overview of the DeepMind 12 please... Read more »