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Summer NAMM 2015: Yamaha Reface CS Keyboard Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vNe0O_G9OE Avery from Yamaha presents the Reface CS keyboard at Summer NAMM 2015. Inspired by the iconic CS-80 polyphonic analog synthesizer, the Yamaha Reface CS mobile mini... Read more »

Summer NAMM 2015: Yamaha Reface DX Keyboard Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwMldiEsn78 Avery from Yamaha presents the Reface DX keyboard at Summer NAMM 2015. The DX7 defined the synth sound in the '80s. The Yamaha Reface DX mobile mini keyboard puts the... Read more »

Summer NAMM 2015: Yamaha Reface YC Keyboard Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1quDlIdgus Avery from Yamaha presents the Reface YC keyboard at Summer NAMM 2015. The Yamaha Reface YC mobile mini keyboard provides you with authentic, great-sounding organ sounds... Read more »

Summer NAMM 2015: Yamaha Reface CP Keyboard Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6VJFrZ3eP0 Avery from Yamaha presents the Reface CP keyboard at Summer NAMM 2015. In addition to classic combo piano sounds, the Reface CP's Vintage Keyboard Sound Engine also... Read more »

IMSTA FESTA Comes to Chicago

The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) is bringing their IMSTA FESTA to Chicago for the first time, on July 25, 2015. The free event, hosted by SAE Institute and co-sponsored by Sweetwater, the... Read more »

Roland JD-XA Synthesizer Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lryMa9q74Lo Scott Tibbs from Roland presents the JD-XA analog/digital hybrid synthesizer. The JD-XA boasts a powerful analog synthesis engine, comprised of four parts each with two... Read more »

Summer NAMM is Here!

Summer NAMM 2015 is in the history books! But that doesn't mean that our coverage is finished. We've got our comprehensive show report online and ready for your perusal. This year's show was loaded with great new... Read more »

Yamaha Reface YC Synthesizer Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxqxovOQ2hc Blake Angelos and Nate Tschetter from Yamaha present the Reface YC mobile mini-keyboard. You get five different organ models ranging from vintage tonewheel to transistor... Read more »

Yamaha Reface DX Synthesizer Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9y7nt61zSA Blake Angelos and Nate Tschetter from Yamaha present the Reface DX mobile mini-keyboard. It packs the synth engine from Yamaha's iconic DX-7 FM synthesizer, with... Read more »

Yamaha Reface CP Synthesizer Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDvWRter-8U Blake Angelos and Nate Tschetter from Yamaha present the Reface CP mobile mini-keyboard. In addition to classic combo piano sounds based on the CP80 electric grand piano... Read more »

Yamaha Reface CS Synthesizer Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFgt_ArWo6s Blake Angelos and Nate Tschetter from Yamaha present the Reface CS mobile mini-keyboard. Inspired by the iconic CS-80 polyphonic analog synthesizer and packed with five... Read more »

Intro to Yamaha Reface Series Keyboards by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28PUYy0fpb4 Blake Angelos and Nate Tschetter from Yamaha present the Reface series of mobile mini-keyboards. Based on Yamaha's most famous synthesizers like the DX-7 and the CS-80... Read more »

Summer NAMM Hits This Weekend

This weekend, July 9-11, Summer NAMM rolls back into Nashville's Music City Center. Summer NAMM, presented by the National Association of Music Merchants, is an annual trade show featuring hundreds of manufacturers... Read more »

Free Matrix-12 V Sound Bank

Arturia is giving away 50 new presets for their stunning Matrix-12 V software synthesizer. The Ambient Soundscapes Bank contains all-new, carefully designed presets custom created by Arturia's sonic specialists;... Read more »

Alesis VI61 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UNIS_ExIsw Mike from Alesis presents the VI61 61-key keyboard controller - there are also 25-key and 49-key versions available. This keyboard sports semi-weighted, full-sized keys... Read more »

Akai Professional Advance 61 Keyboard Controller Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fibhstyEnNc Drew from Akai Professional presents the Advance 61 keyboard controller. Also available in 25-key and 49-key versions, the Advance series of keyboard controllers are... Read more »

How to Market Your Music

You know you have the talent to be a huge success in the music biz, but to "make it" takes more than musical talent — you also need to market yourself. To help you out, our friends at Disc Makers have released... Read more »

What is Reface?

Yamaha has released a teaser for what is apparently a new synthesizer that will be sneak-previewed on July 7 — check out the YamahaSynth home page and the YouTube blurb. The only keyboard mentioned by name is... Read more »

M-Audio Code-61 USB/MIDI Keyboard Controller Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MuMOwSvHFk Steve from M-Audio presents the Code-61 keyboard controller at Sweetwater's GearFest '15. The Code series of controllers boast a whole new keybed design, designed for... Read more »

Dave Smith Interviewed by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAS-3dYr4A8 Mitch Gallagher sits down with synth pioneer Dave Smith here at Sweetwater Sound. Dave was visiting Sweetwater for GearFest '15, featuring a special panel discussion... Read more »

GearFest ’15 Photo Wrap-up

Enjoy some more photos from GearFest 2015 - we had a blast, and we know attendees did too! We're already working on even more for GearFest 2016, we hope you can make it.

Waldorf Brings Nave to Mac/PC, Attack to iOS

Waldorf has announced that their popular Nave synthesizer, currently available for iPad, is now Mac and PC compatible, and also announces that Attack is now available through the App store for iPad. The... Read more »

GearFest 2015 Breaks Attendance Record

GearFest 2015 was a bigger success than ever, breaking every record established by previous GearFest events. Launched in 2002, Sweetwater's free, annual GearFest is the nation's largest end-user-oriented music and... Read more »

GearFest ’15 Photos

Every GearFest we're humbled at how many talented individuals come to share their passion for music. Thanks to everyone for making GearFest '15 the best yet!