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Recording News

500 Series: Why You Should Add One to Your Rig

Where It All Began API Founder Saul Walker In 1966, Saul Walker started designing audio components for his new company, Automated Processes Inc. (API). These components were modular building blocks built to fit into... Read more »

Save Up to $900 on RedNet and Red Interfaces with Trade-in

Looking to upgrade your rig to Focusrite's amazing Rednet or Red 4Pre or Red 8Pre interfaces? Now's the time, because you can get up to $900 for your trade, depending on the interface you select. Qualifying... Read more »

Eventide Fission Structural Sound Effects Plug-in Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Eventide Fission effects plug-in. It employs Structural Effects technology, a patent-pending technique that cleanly splits a sound into tonal and transient components. This results in... Read more »

Peter Erskine on Shure Microphones

Producer/Engineer Mark Hornsby talks about using Shure microphones to record world-renowned drummer Peter Erskine here at Sweetwater Studios. The mic setup is actually the same combination of mics that Peter uses in... Read more »

Walking in Q’s Shoes

Today is Quincy Jones's birthday, so it's time for another Sweetwater birthday tribute. But where to start? Quincy is an accomplished musician, actor, conductor, arranger, composer, record/television/movie producer... Read more »

BLOCKS Dashboard

ROLI has announced BLOCKS Dashboard, a free app that integrates Lightpad Block, Live Block, and Loop Block with digital audio workstations (DAWs) and plug-ins. Essentially, BLOCKS Dashboard turns Lightpad Block... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Vocalist’s Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians. Entitled The Vocalist's Guide to Recording, Rehearsing, and Performing: Care and Maintenance for Singers in Every Genre, this guide is... Read more »

Richard Chycki on Recording John Petrucci

Producer/engineer Richard Chycki sits down with Mitch Gallagher to talk about recording John Petrucci's guitar for the Dream Theater album, The Astonishing. He shares session photos and talks about the process for... Read more »

Electro-Voice ND Series Microphones Demo

Nick D'Virgilio presents the Electro-Voice ND series of microphones, and shares some tips on how to use them to capture exceptional drum tones. After the video, learn more about the microphones and other gear used... Read more »

Peter Erskine — The Return of DR.UM

Join world-renowned drummer Peter Erskine for a recording session at Sweetwater Studios. Widely known for his drumming with Weather Report, Steps Ahead, and other jazz icons, Peter Erskine shares his love of jazz as... Read more »

Amphion One15 Passive Studio Monitors Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Amphion One15 passive studio monitors. Any pro monitoring setup could benefit from Amphion One15 speakers. These high-end passive monitors employ custom-designed drivers, a high-density... Read more »

Bitwig Studio 2 Released

Bitwig has released Bitwig Studio 2, the next generation of their popular linear/non-linear music-production and -creation platform. Bitwig Studio 2 is loaded with new features, new devices, new capabilities, and... Read more »

Innovative New Effects with Eventide Fission

Eventide has released a new plug-in, Fission, that brings new capabilities to the world of audio processing based on innovative Structural Effects technology. Structural Effects is a patent-pending technology that... Read more »

Free QMix-UC App for PreSonus StudioLive and Studio 192

PreSonus has released a new version of the QMix-UC app, which allows for remote control over StudioLive Series III and StudioLive AI mixers asw well as Studio 192-series audio interfaces. The free app allows up to... Read more »

How Richard Chycki Recorded Drums and Keyboards for Dream Theater

Mitch Gallagher sits down with acclaimed Engineer, Mixer, and Producer Richard Chycki. He talks with Mitch about the microphones used to record the drums and piano/organ for the latest Dream Theater album, The... Read more »

Steinberg Teases Upcoming Nuendo 8 Release

Steinberg is previewing the upcoming release of Nuendo 8 at the GDC (Game Developers Conference) in San Francisco. The new version is said to offer game composers enhanced connection to the Audiokinetic Wwise audio... Read more »

Focusrite Releases RedNet Control 2

Focusrite has released a major update to their RedNet Control software, RedNet Control 2, which provides remote control over the company's range of RedNet hardware. The new RedNet Control 2 was developed largely in... Read more »

Steven Slate Interviewed by Sweetwater

Mitch Gallagher is joined by Steven Slate, CEO of Slate Digital. He talks with Mitch about his early days creating drum sample collections, his work as a recording engineer, and what drives him to continue creating... Read more »

8 Best Mic Preamps for Recording Vocals

Ask a dozen engineers about their favorite console or mic preamp for vocals, and you'll get a dozen different answers. Everybody hears things differently and we all have different preferences, so the topic of "best"... Read more »

Antelope Unveils Zen Studio+

Antelope Audio has reinvented their classic portable audio interface with new features and capabilities — the new Zen Studio+ has everything found in the original Zen Studio and much more! Like the Zen Studio... Read more »

Drum Mic Shootout with Mike Johnston of MikesLessons.com

Mike Johnston of mikeslessons.com demonstrates the dual Audio-Technica 5045 drum microphone setup that he uses for his online lessons and shows some alternate setups ranging in price from $200 to $4500. Take a... Read more »

MOTU 624 Audio Interface Review by Sweetwater

Mitch Gallagher presents the MOTU 624 hybrid audio interface, which packs high-end sound, ultra-low latency, and generous I/O into a portable half-rack unit. ESS Sabre32 DAC technology delivers an impressive 123dB... Read more »

Disc Makers Releases Free Home Studio Handbook

Our friends at Disc Makers have published their latest free guide: The Home Studio Handbook! Aimed at anyone interesting in home recording, this guide provides information on everything you need to know about... Read more »

Editors’ Picks: Coolest New Gear of 2017… So Far

Here at Sweetwater we constantly scan the horizon looking for new and innovative products or vintage products come back to life. We look for awesome new gear that excites us — gear that we know our customers... Read more »