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Keyboard News

Novation Releases Circuit v1.4 Firmware

The latest firmware release from Novation adds new features to the Circuit groovebox, making it more powerful than ever. The Circuit firmware v1.4 update is free, and can be done through the Circuit Components suite... Read more »

How Keith Emerson Changed the World of Synth

Today would've been Keith Emerson's 72nd birthday. Why is that important? Ask any synth player or fan of '70s progressive rock. They'll tell you that Keith Emerson was, no, is one of the most influential musicians... Read more »

Korg Announces Monologue + Monologue Review!

Korg has unveiled a new voice in the synthesizer world, the monologue! Completely programmable, the monologue features a unique new monophonic analog synthesis structure, a powerful 16-step sequencer, micro-tuning... Read more »

iZotope’s Free Mixing Guide Updated

iZotope has updated their free downloadable Mixing with iZotope guide with new Neutron tips. The free guide takes a comprehensive look at the art, aesthetic, and theory behind audio mixing. You'll learn how to use... Read more »

How to Run a Recording Studio

Thinking about putting your recording studio to work making money? Want to up the success of your commercial or project studio? Check out the latest free guide from our friends at Disc Makers: The Art of Running a... Read more »

Custom Westone In-ear Monitors

When you need to hear yourself, nothing works better than custom-molded in-ear monitors. And no one does custom in-ears better than Westone, who has been leading the industry for more than 50 years! Now Sweetwater... Read more »

Nektar LX+ Series Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT9PqYzxgkA Tim Chandler from Nektar Technology presents the LX+ series of controller keyboards, focusing on the LX61+. Based on their award-winning Panorama, Nektar's Impact LX61+... Read more »

Vintage Recording Studio for Your Kids

Have a daughter who wants to be a pop star? Need the perfect gift for your little aspiring recording engineer? Want to have a load of fun? Look no further than Melody's Recording Studio from American Girl. Based on... Read more »

Steinberg Unveils Dorico

They've been teasing it for some time, and now Steinberg's innovative, next-generation music notation/scoring program is here! Dorico offers many unique and exciting features and functions for musicians, arrangers... Read more »

Hands On: Gruv Gear Club Bag, Sliiv, and Bento Boxes

We all take gear on the go. Whether you're simply carrying your laptop around, putting together a mobile studio, taking gear to a gig, jam, or session, or traveling around the world, you want your gear to arrive... Read more »

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize

In a move that has musicians and music lovers thrilled — but some writers and poets bristling — the Nobel Committee dramatically redefined boundaries between "high art" and commercial creative forms when... Read more »

The Indie Artist’s Guide to Gigging

Our friends at Disc Makers have published yet another free guide! This one is aimed to help musicians looking to book shows, whether one-offs or full tours. The Indie Artist's Guide to Gigging — Strategies for... Read more »

Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 and Sequential Prophet-6 Synthesizer Comparison

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKtL1nb_x1M Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's in-house synthesist, does an in-depth side-by-side comparison of the Dave Smith Prophet-6 and OB-6. As the demo will show, there are more... Read more »

Arturia Announces DrumBrute

If you're looking for powerhouse analog drums for your beats and songs, look no further than DrumBrute, the new 100% analog drum machine from Arturia. Loaded with features and killer sounds, DrumBrute adds the... Read more »

PreSonus StudioLive 32

PreSonus has unveiled the new StudioLive 32, the 3rd generation of its acclaimed StudioLive series of digital mixers. It offers 32 channels with 32 fully recallable XMAX microphone preampifiers and 33... Read more »

Win Gear Used to Make David Crosby’s New Album!

Sweetwater and our friends at pureMix bring you an amazing gear giveaway, with five lucky winners! Sponsored by Avid, Focal, Lauten Audio, Dangerous Music, and Universal Audio, the giveaway is in celebration of the... Read more »

Knobcon 2016: Korg Volca Series Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr3luUZ45Q0 Daniel Fisher speaks with Nick Kwas of Korg who demonstrates the new Korg Volca Kick along with the Volca Beats, Volca FM, Volca Bass, Volca Keys, and the Volca Sample... Read more »

Knobcon 2016: Behringer DeepMind 12

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UNeZBLtGl8 Sweetwater's Daniel Fisher was given a few minutes to play some of the latest programming prototypes on the Behringer DeepMind 12, a 12-Voice polyphonic analog... Read more »

Sweetwater’s Knobcon 2016 Overview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg7TRp9UmJg Mitch interviews Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's synthesis guru, on his return from Knobcon 2016, in Schaumburg, IL. They discuss the Knobcon 2016 events, clinics... Read more »

Knobcon 2016: EarthQuaker Devices Pedal Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Dc5jsu_db4 Daniel Fisher, our resident synth and effects pedal fanatic, frantically tweaks as many EarthQuaker Devices effects pedals as possible in under five minutes, while Lisa... Read more »

Knobcon 2016: Arturia MatrixBrute Synthesizer Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFn7UM8UjQ0 Daniel Fisher, at Knobcon 2016, speaks with Mauricio Garcia of Arturia who describes and demonstrates the parameters of Arturia's new MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer... Read more »

Knobcon 2016: Roland Boutique Series Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_q-cCKYyk0 Daniel Fisher, at Knobcon 2016, speaks with Peter Brown of Roland who demonstrates the new additions to their Boutique line, including the Roland TB-03 Bass Line... Read more »

Yamaha Updates at Knobcon 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yrks_PjEp9Q Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's synthesizer fanboy, talks with Blake Angelos of Yamaha about new features for the Montage synthesizer found in Montage Firmware 1.2. Blake also... Read more »

The Definitive Collection of Keyboards!

Spectrasonics has released Keyscape Collector Keyboards, a virtual instrument plug-in offering more than 500 vintage keyboard sounds. The plug-in runs on Mac or Windows PC, under AAX, VST, and Audio Units formats... Read more »