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Weekly Roundup for August 30, 2013
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  Petrucci Rocks Sweetwater!

Dream Theater guitar virtuoso John Petrucci visited Sweetwater to help us celebrate the arrival of Music Man guitars and basses into...
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This Week's Top News
  Video » Focusrite Tape App and Squier Stratocaster with USB Demo – Sweetwater’s iOS Update Vol. 52 
Check out Tape and other audio-related apps right here: Get the Squier Strat with USB right here: This week Mitch tries out the Tape recording app from Focusrite, and also the... Read More »
  Chicago Visits Sweetwater 
Jason Scheff, bassist/vocalist with the legendary band Chicago, arrived in town today to prepare for the band's show here tomorrow night. A long-time Sweetwater customer... Read More »
  Digitech Vocalist Live FX 
Digitech has announced the Vocalist Live FX, a new vocal effects processor with guitar input, designed for maximum ease of use and effects power on stage. Check out these... Read More »
  Video » TC Electronic PolyTune 2 and Spark Mini Pedal Demo – Sweetwater Guitars and Gear Vol. 45 
Get the PolyTune 2 tuner pedal right here: Get the Spark Mini booster pedal right here: And check out the IsoAcoustics L8R430 speaker stand here: Mitch tries out two pedals... Read More »
  SweetNotes Tours the World! 
Our friend Zac Kenney, sales representative for iZotope, was recently in Japan, and of course he needed quality reading material while he was away. We're honored that Zac... Read More »
  Making Movie Music Magic 
Have you ever, when you're watching the latest Hollywood music bio-pic or musical, wondered where all the instruments and other musical paraphernalia come from? For such hits... Read More »
  PreSonus Releases Studio One 2.6 
PreSonus has announced and released version 2.6 of their Studio One 2 DAW software for Mac and Windows. The new version is a free update and offers a variety of enhancements... Read More »
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This Week's Tech Tips
  Mon: Help Diagnosing an Ailing Tube Amp  
  Are there strange sounds coming from your guitar or bass tube amp? Buzzes, crackling, ringing, odd noises? Are fuses blowing? Most of these problems, and more, can be traced to bad vacuum tubes. Our award-winning Service Department recently put together a video called, "Troubleshooting Your Tube Amplifier," detailing how to track down a bad tube and how to... Read More »  
  Tue: Softube AAX 64-bit Compatibility  
  Our friends at Softube are projecting that their plug-ins will be compatible with Pro Tools 11 during September. A statement from their website: "We at Softube would like to congratulate Avid on the new Pro Tools 11 release! It's an exciting new version and we are working as fast as we can on getting our plug-ins available in the AAX 64 bit format. "Our... Read More »  
  Wed: Should I Use a Speaker Cabinet If I am Using the Red Box?  
  Q: I like the idea of using the Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5 to feed the output from my amplifier onstage straight into the PA with speaker emulation, so I don't need a mic on the amp. I still want to use a cabinet onstage so I can hear myself. Can I do that? A: The Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5 connects between your amp's speaker output and the input connection... Read More »  
  Thu: What is Lead-free Solder?  
  Q: I do some soldering work on my guitars — replacing pickups, pots, switches, etc. — and usually use regular old solder. But I see there is now lead-free solder. What is the difference? A: Most solder is an alloy of lead and tin. Lead-free solder often use an alloy of tin and silver, though other metals, such as copper, zinc, and more may be... Read More »  
  Fri: Cool Tool: Galaxy CM-130  
  Take charge of the volume level of your sound system! Mix at the recommended 80-85dB level. Monitor levels to prevent hearing damage and ear fatigue. Those are just a few of the tasks that a good SPL meter will allow you to do. A great example is the Galaxy CM-130, a compact, accurate, easy to use tool for monitoring the sound pressure levels you are dealing with. Read More »  
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This Week's Glossary Words
Fuzz Box
Compensated Nut
State Variable Filter
Flux (Solder)
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