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Meinl Cajon Drumset Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents Meinl's complete Cajon Drumset. Perfect for studio recording, small stages and acoustic performances, this cool percussion package combines a gorgeous Meinl cajon with a kick pedal, hi-hat... Read more »

Audient iD4 Audio Interface Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Audient iD4 audio interface. Packing large-format console performance into a petite desktop chassis, the Audient iD4 audio interface fortifies your studio with one of Audient's renowned... Read more »

Best Mics for Recording Rap Vocals

Neumann U 87 The Neumann U 87 is an industry-standard condenser mic and has been for years because of its signature sound. The familiar look and sound of the U 87 have made it an engineer's and producer's top pick... Read more »

Live Monitoring 102: How to Use In-ear Monitors (Continued)

This is a continuation of the first video, Live Monitoring 101: How to Use In-ear Monitors, which you can view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKU9LbMOV20 Being able to hear yourself is critical for a great... Read more »

Best Mics and Preamps for Acoustic Guitar

There are many ways to record acoustic guitars — and all are correct. Some engineers like small-diaphragm condenser microphones on acoustics while others prefer to use large-diaphragm condensers — and in some... Read more »

Vinnie Colaiuta Interviewed by Sweetwater

Nick D'Virgilio interviews master drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Jing Chi). Along with guitarist Robben Ford and bassist Jimmy Haslip, Colaiuta was visiting Sweetwater Studios to record their latest album. Vinnie talks... Read more »

Welcome to Sweetwater

Sweetwater offers customers a free 2-year warranty on nearly everything we sell, free shipping, 24/7 technical support and the dedicated support of our Sales Engineers. Visit us at Sweetwater.com, or give us a call... Read more »

Best Effects Pedals for Synths and Keyboards

Effect pedal choices have exploded over the past decade, giving guitarists and bassists a mind-bending selection of both boutique and common brand pedals. Many of these pedals can also be used with keyboards and... Read more »

Get Your Free Copy of Band:Smart

Want to know everything about everything related to bands and making it in the music business? Then you must check out Martin Atkins' acclaimed Band:Smart book — and we've got it for you completely FREE of... Read more »

6 Hacks for Keeping Your Guitar in Tune

Guitar tuning is an important part of guitar playing. Getting and keeping your guitar in tune requires consistent attention, so minimizing the time and effort spent tuning allows you to spend more time playing. Many... Read more »

TAMA Starclassic Maple Exotix Shell Pack Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents the TAMA Starclassic Maple Exotix shell pack. TAMA's Starclassics once ruled the world. Today, TAMA is transforming these former hard rock staples into a timeless classic: the Starclassic... Read more »

PRS 509 Electric Guitar Review

Don Carr presents the PRS 509 solidbody electric guitar. The 509 boasts an amazing array of humbucking and single-coil tones, thanks to five single-coil pickups mounted in the carved figured maple top. The... Read more »

JBL 7 Series Master Reference Monitors Overview

Mitch Gallagher presents the JBL 7 Series of reference monitors. For music production, post and broadcast, JBL 7 series of active studio monitors make it easier to achieve a superior monitoring experience in your... Read more »

Microphone Specifications — Do They Matter?

How do you choose which microphone to use in a given situation? Can you look at the specs for a given mic and deduce the best way to use it? The short answer is no, you can't. It would be great to look at the spec... Read more »

Live Recording At Folk Alliance

The 2017 Folk Alliance International Conference was held in Kansas City back in February — and since the Sweetwater Studios team spent the conference running a Pop-up Studio, we wanted to share with our more... Read more »

Ernie Ball Paradigm Guitar Strings Review

Don Carr presents next-generation guitar strings from Ernie Ball — Paradigm guitar strings. Ernie Ball Paradigm acoustic guitar strings are amazingly resistant to rust and breakage — and whether you earn a living... Read more »

28 Best Pro Tools Shortcuts You Should Know

So you have Pro Tools. Have you figured out how to cut, copy, paste, play, record, and return to zero without ever touching the mouse? Or maybe you've mastered Command+F for fades or Command+E for separating clips... Read more »

Wampler Bravado Series Amplifiers Demo

Brian Wampler presents his Bravado series of tube amplifiers. Every aspect of these amps is designed to create the ultimate clean platform for your pedals, with all the punch and sparkle you'd expect from a premium... Read more »

DigiTech CabDry VR Speaker Cabinet IR Pedal Review

Don Carr presents the DigiTech CabDry VR speaker cab IR pedal. Featuring 14 guitar and bass cabinet impulse responses, the DigiTech CabDry VR speaker cabinet IR pedal puts the sound of a miked speaker cabinet on... Read more »

Muddy Waters, Windy City

On this day, April 4, in 1913, a baby boy named McKinley Morganfield was born in Issaquena County, Mississippi. His mother died shortly after he was born, and he was raised in a log cabin by his grandmother, Della... Read more »

DigiTech FreqOut Natural Feedback Creation Pedal Review

Don Carr presents the FreqOut feedback-creation pedal. Use it to coax natural-sounding feedback from your guitar amplifier at any volume, with or without distortion. You even have control over the harmonics that are... Read more »

Ikutaro Kakehashi’s Remarkable 808

Sweetwater owes an unpayable debt to innovators like Roland Corporation Founder Ikutaro Kakehashi. With his passing on April 1, 2017, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to give just one small example of the... Read more »

Ernie Ball Paradigm Guitar Strings Review

Don Carr presents next-generation guitar strings from Ernie Ball — Paradigm guitar strings. Ernie Ball Paradigm acoustic guitar strings are amazingly resistant to rust and breakage — and whether you earn a living... Read more »

Line 6 Helix LT View Screens

Andy Paredes from Line 6 gives an overview of the advanced view screens on the Helix LT floor processor. Helix LT is one of the most powerful, feature-laden, and true-sounding compact multi-effects/modeling units... Read more »