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How to Mic a Choir

The human voice. It was the very first instrument. No other musical instrument is capable of such complexity and expression. Now take one voice and multiply it by a dozen, several dozen — or even hundreds — and you... Read more »

Shure at AES 2017

Mitch Gallagher visits the Shure booth at AES 2017 to see what they've been working on. After the video, shop Shure at Sweetwater here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/manufacturer/Shure

Yamaha MMP1 at AES 2017

Mitch Gallagher visits the Yamaha booth at AES 2017 to see what they've been working on. After the video, shop Yamaha at Sweetwater here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/manufacturer/Yamaha

Remembering Tom Petty

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Interview: Steve Miller Talks Recording, His Early Gigs, and Much More

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Going Front of House with Pete Keppler

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The Musician’s Guide to Hearing Protection — from a Doctor!

Why would a major touring act like AC/DC abruptly cancel 10 concerts on their Rock or Bust World Tour? In March 2016, lead singer Brian Johnson was advised by his physicians to "stop touring immediately or risk... Read more »

Remembering Walter Becker

With the passing of Walter Becker, the music world lost a phenomenal talent and personality. Any time an artist of Becker's status is taken from us, it's important to retain the lessons he taught and examples he... Read more »

How to Mic a Guitar Amplifier

Once you have your ideal tone dialed into your amplifier, and creativity is ready to strike, how do you approach miking up your guitar amp? Especially if you're setting up last minute for a live show, you need to... Read more »

Extremely Broken Things: Repairing Dweezil Zappa’s #1 Guitar

When Dweezil Zappa packed his gear to play Sweetwater's GearFest 2017 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he brought along his go-to Gibson Frank Zappa® Roxy SG. The flight itself was uneventful, but somewhere between the West... Read more »

How to Mic a Drum Kit

There are lots of ways to mic a drum set. Let's walk through how to mic a drum kit, all the way from kick and snare to toms, overheads and rooms, including mic recommendations and placement. Kick Drum Kick drums... Read more »

Get a Free AES Convention Pass – Courtesy of Sweetwater!

This year's 143rd International AES (Audio Engineering Society) Convention is shaping up to be one of the best ever. The annual AES convention and trade show is an unparalleled opportunity to check out new gear in... Read more »

Software Control for 500 Series Modules – the Next Big Thing?

Imagine your dream studio, where your 500 Series processors are seamlessly integrated with your digital audio workstation. You have complete control of the analog rack hardware from your computer, with every... Read more »

Focus Your Mix: The Spotlight Concept

Before I dive into the technical part of music mixing, let me get a little philosophical. One thing I've noticed recently, both in studio mixes and live shows, is a lack of understanding of what I call the... Read more »

Tips for Traveling with Instruments & Gear

When it comes to taking your show on the road, you can't beat giving the compass a spin and seeing where you land. But be careful. Life on the road can be tough on your gear. How can you make sure your gear has as... Read more »

PreSonus Releases Mobile Apps for Android

PreSonus has released Android versions of three mobile control apps previously only available for iOS: UC Surface provides complete multi-touch control of StudioLive AI consoles, RML-series rack mixers, and... Read more »

Interview with Periphery

Debuting in 2005, Periphery took the metal world by storm. Since that time, they have blasted out five albums, earned a Grammy nomination, and established themselves as pioneers of the progressive metal movement... Read more »

IMSTA Festa Chicago, July 22, 2017

IMSTA Festa is coming to Chicago on July 22, 2017! IMSTA Festa is an event dedicated to sharing and learning about software for music production, networking, and learning better ways to make music. This year's event... Read more »

How to Mic a Snare Drum

Choosing a snare drum mic is important, as I discussed in Best Mics for Recording Snare Drums, but positioning the mic is equally important. Moving the mic as little as an inch can change the sound you're getting... Read more »

Ready, Set, Ringo: The Unique Sound of Ringo Starr

Ever since "Love Me Do" first hit the airwaves, drummers have tried to copy Ringo Starr's iconic sound. Unfortunately, there is no textbook because Ringo's drumming was anything but textbook. He would adapt and... Read more »

How to Keep Your Cool in Hot Performances

Outdoor performances are as much a part of summer as swimming pools and ice cream trucks. Unfortunately, so are heat, humidity, and sunlight. If you're not careful, performing outdoors can be a threat to your gear —... Read more »

2017 Summer NAMM Rumors: CONFIRMED

UPDATE: Our Summer NAMM Show Report is being updated constantly so you can stay up to date on all of the HOTTEST new products released at the show! Summer NAMM '17 is just weeks away, and our informants have been... Read more »

3 Volunteer-friendly Digital Mixers

Mixing front of house is a difficult job, even for an expert. And if you're an inexperienced volunteer, it can be absolutely overwhelming - especially during a packed worship service. Let's put it in perspective: it... Read more »

Revisiting Jimi Hendrix’s Adaptation of the National Anthem

It was a soggy Monday morning, August 18, 1969. Woodstock's Three Days of Peace & Music were leaking into the beginning of a new week. Pressured by the realities of school and work, the monstrous crowd of... Read more »