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New Gear at GearFest: iConnectivity mio

Our friends at iConnectivity are unveiling four new products at GearFest 2016 — the mio family of MIDI interfaces for Mac and Windows PC! These new MIDI interfaces connect via USB and provide a simple... Read more »

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 »

Arturia Announces Limited-Edition Red Synths

Arturia has announced two new synthesizers in stunning red color. First up is the MiniBrute Red, a crimson take on the now-discontinued MiniBrute. The MiniBrute is a 25-key, all-analog monophonic synthesizer with a... 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 »

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 »

Native Instruments Releases REAKTOR Blocks 1.2 Update

Native Instruments has updated REAKTOR Blocks in REAKTOR 6 to version 1.2. The new version introduces CV and MIDI connectivity. With these new Blocks you can: Calibrate pitch signals for accurate use with external... 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 »

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 »

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 »

FXpansion Releases Geist2

FXpansion has released Geist2, the latest incarnation of their award-winning Geist sound-sculpting and beat-production system. Available for Mac OS X (10.9 or higher) and Windows (7 SP1 or higher), under 64-bit AAX... 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 »

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 »

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 »

CME Xkey Air 37-key Bluetooth MIDI Controller Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PS6sWfYLrA Mitch Gallagher presents the CME Xkey Air, a 37-key Bluetooth MIDI controller keyboard. Compatible with a plethora of apps on your iOS device, the Xkey Air 37 adds a mere... Read more »

Arturia Releases 6 New Instruments

The geniuses behind Arturia's line of virtual instruments have been hard at work! The company has announced not one, not two, not three...but six new instruments! Check these out! Synclavier V — an authentic... Read more »

Propellerhead Announces Upcoming Release of Reason 9

Propellerhead Software has announced the upcoming release of Reason 9, the latest version of the popular music creation software. A public beta for Reason 9 begins today, and the final software will be released on... Read more »

The Return of the Minimoog Model D

Moogfest, the annual celebration of the life and instruments of Bob Moog, is taking place this weekend in Durham, North Carolina, and Sweetwater is there in force! As the world's leading retailer in music... Read more »

AIR Announces Air Instrument Expansion Pack 3

AIR has announced the latest version of their complete virtual instrument bundle, Air Instrument Expansion Pack 3. Like AIEP2 before it, AIEP3 is a complete collection of premium effects and instruments, all with... Read more »

Pre-GearFest Amplified Workshops

Back by popular demand! Sweetwater's Amplified Workshops take place the day before GearFest officially starts — on June 16, right here on the Sweetwater campus. These paid workshops are taught by highly... Read more »

Billboard Releases Top 2015 Money-makers List

Billboard magazine has released their list of the top money-making musicians/bands for 2015. It's an interesting list both from the obvious curiosity aspect about who's popular, etc., but even more so because... Read more »

Avid Releases Sibelius 8.3

Avid has announced the latest update to the Sibelius notation software, version 8.3. The new version includes more than 60 improvements, such as the ability to color any note — including the notes in chords... Read more »

Branding for Musicians Workshop

Our friends at Disc Makers are hosting a free webinar on June 2 on a topic that is vital for all musicians: how to develop and promote a unique brand. Being successful in the music business as a musician is, of... Read more »

Music Icon Prince Passes

Prince Rogers Nelson, best known as simply "Prince," passed away suddenly April 21 at age 57. A native of Minnesota, Prince built a massive career based on his vision of music, production values, refusal to... Read more »

Nektar Introduces Impact GX49 and GX61 Controllers

The latest dynamic and expressive MIDI keyboard controllers from Nektar are the Impact GX49 and Impact GX61. Offering 49 keys and 61 keys respectively, the Impact GX keyboards feature pitch-bend and modulation... Read more »