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10 Guitar Hacks That You Should Know

If you've ever wondered how to rid your headstock of that annoying pinging sound or what to do when your strap button comes loose from your electric guitar, you've found the right article. Here is a short list of... Read more »

Supro Tremo-Verb Combo Amplifier Review

Don Carr presents the Supro Tremo-Verb tube combo amp. A feature-rich update of a now-legendary late-'60s classic, the Supro 1622RT Tremo-Verb all-tube guitar combo amplifier is poised to launch your guitar tone... Read more »

Re-creating the Lightsaber Sound

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's synth master, celebrates May The Fourth by recreating the light saber sound using the new Novation PEAK Polyphonic Desktop Synthesizer. This light saber sound is further energized by... Read more »

Keep Swinging: The Fight Against ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive disease, striking slowly and then with increasing ferocity. It is an all out assault on the motor neurons, the nerve cells in the central nervous system that... Read more »

Sweetwater Vocal Mic Shootout Discussion

Mitch Gallagher sits down with Mark Hornsby and Lynn Fuston to talk about choosing the right vocal mic, mic shootouts, and the challenges of conducting a fair and unbiased listening comparison of 50 vocal mics. More... Read more »

Best Strings for Ukuleles

So you've picked out your favorite ukulele, and you've been playing it for a while now. But you notice that the strings are starting to sound a little dull and lifeless. It's probably time to replace them. So you... Read more »

BOSS DS-1 Distortion Pedal Review

Nick Bowcott presents the BOSS DS-1 distortion pedal. Simply put, the BOSS DS-1 distortion pedal is a modern classic. For the better part of 30 years, you've heard this orange box put through its paces on countless... Read more »

Best Ukuleles for Beginners

There's something about the ukulele (properly pronounced in the Hawaiian style: oo-koo-lay-lay) that just brings people together. Maybe it's the ukulele's youthful, childlike voice that dreamily pulls us in. Or it... Read more »

Sound Devices MixPre Series Overview

Paul Isaacs from Sound Devices presents the MixPre series of audio recorders/mixers/USB audio interfaces. And even though these portable recorders fit in the palm of your hand, they offer a lot of power under the... Read more »

Shure GLX-D Advanced Digital Wireless Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Shure GLX-D digital wireless series. GLX-D systems feature Shure's sophisticated LINKFREQ automatic frequency management, and bidirectional communication that lets your transmitter... Read more »

Making of Sweetwater’s Vocal Mic Shootout

Sweetwater's Lynn Fuston explains what went into Sweetwater's unprecedented vocal mic shootout. The best way to compare mics is by hearing them! That's why we collected 50 mics in Sweetwater's Studio A and recorded... Read more »

Behind the Scenes: Creating the Vocal Mic Shootout

When Sweetwater first considered doing the microphone comparison that we're calling the Sweetwater Vocal Mic Shootout, we knew we'd have to pull out all the stops to do it right. The most important part of any gear... Read more »

Willie, Trigger, and a gypsy named Django

Today is Willie Nelson's 84th birthday. What do you get the man who seems to have everything? How about the chance to play side by side with his boyhood hero and musical idol, legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django... Read more »

Parallel Compression Explained

It sounds kind of geeky and high tech, like one of those techniques that you've read about but haven't really felt the need to try — possibly because you aren't completely sure what it is or when you might need to... Read more »

iZotope RX 6 Demo

Mitch Gallagher joins Geoff Manchester from iZotope for a thorough demonstration of RX 6 audio editing/restoration software. This indispensable tool has been dubbed the "photo editor of the audio world," renowned... Read more »

Behind the Brand: JHS Pedals

Sweetwater proudly represents hundreds of the music industry's top brands. Sometimes it's easy to forget that every brand is powered by people who share our passion for music. These are people worth knowing. People... Read more »

How to Set Up a Bass

To set up your bass guitar, you have to think big: big sound, big tone, big volume. This also means big sound waves and big string vibrations. With this in mind, you have to approach your setup in a way that... Read more »

Friedman Pink Taco Mini Combo Amplifier Review

Nick Bowcott presents the Friedman Pink Taco Mini Combo. Pulling from Friedman's years of amp modding and repair experience, the Pink Taco Mini Combo all-tube, single-channel amplifier brings you the best of classic... Read more »

QSC K.2 Series Loudspeakers Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the QSC K.2 series of powered loudspeakers. The K.2 Series is packed with more of everything. Double the power. Higher SPL. Greater low-frequency extension. Experience sublime clarity... Read more »

PRS J-MOD 100 John Mayer Signature 100-watt Tube Head Playthrough

Don Carr here, putting the PRS J-MOD 100 to work! I wrote and recorded this piece of music specifically for the J-MOD and it's the only amp on the track, along with a nice variety of guitars and pedals. Seven... Read more »

Remembering Roy Orbison

Rock legend Roy Orbison would've been 81 today. To give Roy our best on his birthday, we're going to take a look at the one song that many consider to be his best — "Oh, Pretty Woman."   In the early days of... Read more »

Glen Campbell: The Rhinestone Cowboy

  Glen Campbell is one of the most important musicians to ever make an impact on the great American songbook. With an enviable catalog of A-list credits as an LA studio session guitarist, more than 50 years of... Read more »

Geoff Downes Interviewed by Sweetwater

Mitch Gallagher is joined by keyboardist and producer Geoff Downes (Yes, Asia, The Buggles, Glenn Hughes) for a special interview at Sweetwater. Downes talks about his tour with Asia, the origins of "Video Killed... Read more »

Mapex Saturn V MH Exotic 4-piece Shell Pack Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents the Mapex Saturn V MH Exotic 4-piece shell pack. With its SONIClear bearing edges and tone-enhancing tom hardware, there's no question about it: the Mapex Saturn V is the best Saturn shell... Read more »