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Weekly Roundup for August 2, 2013
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  Stolen Strad Recovered After 5 Years

What could be worse? You stop for a quick sandwich and your Stradivarius violin is stolen right out from under your feet! That's...
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This Week's Top News
  Don’t Miss Out: Build Your Own Boutique Amp! 
Many guitar players experiment with modifying their guitars to suit their own specific needs and wants. Some even assemble complete guitars from the ground up using parts or... Read More »
  Video » iOS Update – Vol. 48, Thor Synthesizer App and Novation Launchkey Power Tip 
Check out the Propellerhead Thor synthesizer and other music-related apps right here: And learn more about the Novation Launchkey MIDI controller used in this video here:... Read More »
  Grammy-winning Engineer/Producer Mike Shipley Passes 
Grammy-winning engineer/producer Mike Shipley died on July 26. Shipley was born in Australia and moved to England in his teens. He began his career as an assistant at Wessex... Read More »
  Video » Guitars and Gear Vol. 42 – Radial PZ-DI Piezo-optimized Direct Box Demo 
Get your own Radial PZ-DI right here: Mitch demonstrates the piezo-optimized PZ-DI direct box. It's got three input load settings to maximize its performance with acoustic... Read More »
  Zelda, Unicycle, Accordion, Woods 
What do the four words in the title of this post have in common? Up until now, we had no clue. Now, however, with the revelation of this video courtesy of the NAMM Daily News... Read More »
  ProGear: A Fine Read for All Ages 
Young Liam Gaskins is getting a good start on his music career with help from Sweetwater's ProGear gear directory! According to proud father (and Sweetwater customer) Andrew... Read More »
  Video » Sweetwater Minute – Vol. 204, Bun E. Carlos Interview 
Mitch interviews drummer extraordinaire and co-founder of Cheap Trick, Bun E. Carlos. Bun E. Carlos was visiting Sweetwater for GearFest '13, where he took to the stage for a... Read More »
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This Week's Tech Tips
  Mon: Can the Avid Fast Track Duo be Bus Powered by an iPad?  
  Q: The Avid Fast Track Duo audio interface has a "Tablet" port on the back for hooking up to an iPad. I can't tell, does it work with bus power? A: The Fast Track Solo and Fast Track Duo can connect directly to an iPad; they come with dedicated cables for connecting their tablet port to an iPad's 30-pin connector. However, they cannot be bus powered with an... Read More »  
  Tue: Can I swap 5881 or KT66 Power Tubes in Place of 6L6 Power Tubes?  
  Q: I have a guitar amp that uses 6L6 power tubes, and I would like to try KT-66 and 5881 power tubes to hear what difference it makes in tone and volume. Can I do this? A: We do not recommend that you try this sort of thing unless you are positive you know what you are doing. We are not responsible for damage to your amp or tubes that may result! First, the... Read More »  
  Wed: Is It Possible to Rename or Delete Presets in iMini?  
  Q: Is it possible to rename or delete presets in Arturia's iMini app? A: According to Arturia, it is not currently possible to rename or delete presets. You can, of course, do all kinds of preset management within the Mini V computer software and then export the presets to iMini. Read More »  
  Thu: Wah Before or After Fuzz?  
  Q: Should I place my wah pedal before or after my fuzz box in my guitar signal chain? A: The answer depends on the result you're after. Placing the fuzz in front of the wah results in a more intense wah effect, because the fuzz increases the amount of harmonic material the wah filter has to work on. Placing the fuzz after the wah will tend to reduce how... Read More »  
  Fri: 5881 Versus 6L6 tubes?  
  Q: I saw the Tech Tip on July 30 on swapping 5881 tubes with 6L6 tubes. What is the sonic difference between these two types of vacuum tube? A: We have to speak in generalities here, because tube types vary widely, depending on the manufacturer and vintage of the tube. In tech terms, 5881 tubes generally have smaller plates, which are not able to withstand... Read More »  
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This Week's Glossary Words
Octal Tube
Evacuation Tip
Tube Socket
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