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Avid Announces Upcoming Pro Tools 12.7 and More!

Our friends at Avid made several important announcements today. 1. There are big promos going on through the end of the year for owners of Pro Tools 9.x, 10.x, 11.x, and 12.x with an expired or no Annual Upgrade... Read more »

Waves Primary Source Expander

With a hi-tech name like "Primary Source Expander," you know the new plug-in from Waves has to be cool! This plug-in is designed for live sound use; it lets you increase mic gain before feedback while reducing stage... Read more »

Fender Announces New American Pro Series

Fender has released an new family of instruments, the American Professional series! The new series brings new pickups, new models, and new colors to the Fender lineup. Best of all, we've already got them in stock... Read more »

How Do I “Break In” a Speaker?

When you're dealing with any mechanical device that has moving parts, those parts will naturally move more freely when they have been loosened up by use. In speakers, both the surround (the ring of rubber or foam... Read more »

The Journey of a Pearl Music City Custom Drum Kit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8rSBFOCDjA Join Nick D'Virgilio as he heads down to the Pearl factory in Nashville to witness the birth of a Music City Custom drum kit. You'll get to see how the kit is built, then... Read more »

Greg Lake Dies at 69

Greg Lake Remembered Today's gray December skies just got a little grayer. Iconic vocalist, musician, and producer Greg Lake lost his fight with cancer on December 7, 2016, at the age of 69. For more than 47 years... Read more »

Manley ELOP+ Compressor/Limiter Overview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSBozWlVHPQ Ted Bahas from Techrep Marketing presents the Manley ELOP+ compressor/limiter. Manley's ELOP has remained an essential component in the signal chains of top engineers... Read more »

5 Best New Mics Under $500

I love auditioning new mics. I always have. Other than the performer, instrument, and recording space, I believe microphones have the single greatest impact on the sound of a recording. During my career I've... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates KONTAKT to 5.6.5

Native Instruments has released a new update to KONTAKT 5, bringing it to version 5.6.5. The main addition in this update is a new user interface tool for KONTAKT instrument builders — a fully customizable XY... Read more »

Steinberg Unveils Cubase 9

Big news from Steinberg: Cubase 9 is here! The new version is loaded with killer, innovative features that will make creating music and audio productions easier, faster, and more creatively inspiring than ever... Read more »

MXR Shin Juku Drive Pedal Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi246PX-lck Mitch Gallagher presents the MXR Custom Shop Shin Juku Drive. The MXR Custom Shop worked closely with celebrated Japanese amp guru Shin Suzuki to craft a pedal that... Read more »

Is It Better to Use an FRFR Speaker or a Guitar Amp with a Modeler?

In the early days of guitar amp modeling, most modelers did not let you separate out the preamp and power amp emulation from the speaker cabinet emulation. This meant that if you played with your modeler through a... Read more »

Two New Mobile Interfaces from MOTU

MOTU has released two new "hybrid" audio interfaces for Mac, Windows, and iOS: the 624 and 8A. Each of these compact, mobile interfaces supports Thunderbolt and USB3 connectivity as well as AVB/TSN audio networking... Read more »

Best Drum Sets Under $1000

Many drummers (or even the parents of future drummers) don't realize that it's possible to get a respectable kit, with name-brand cymbals and hardware, for under a grand. While it may have been unthinkable a decade... Read more »

Recording a Wurlitzer Electric Piano

Recording a Wurlitzer Electric Piano In an age when we have digital versions of almost every keyboard instrument ever made, it can still be fun to go back to the source and record the original instruments. The... Read more »

6 Ways to Improve Your Vocal Recordings

1. Choose the right microphone Voices are different, and microphones are different. Find the right microphone for a particular voice, and the recording process can be easy. Use the wrong mic, and it can become an... Read more »

9 Reasons to Buy Your Next Guitar from Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hin0Hc844M8 Why buy your next guitar from Sweetwater? Here are nine reasons: • All the brands you love, plus a few you'll love to meet • See details photos of almost every guitar •... Read more »

TC-Helicon Mic Mechanic V2 Vocal Processing Pedal Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLT4gVO_Ftk Tom Lang from TC-Helicon presents the Mic Mechanic vocal processing pedal. The Mic Mechanic 2 gives you a powerful vocal toolbox in a compact, easy-to-use pedal — now with... Read more »

TC-Helicon Harmony Singer V2 Pedal Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bes8ZYHpm4I Tom Lang from TC-Helicon presents the Harmony Singer V2 pedal. The TC-Helicon Harmony Singer 2 pedal dynamically polishes your vocal sound while adding musically... Read more »

Manley Nu Mu Compressor/Limiter Overview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXPwhw5QChg Ted Bahas from Techrep Marketing presents the Manley Nu Mu compressor/limiter. The Manley Nu Mu gives you the best sonic qualities of both tube and transistor compressors... Read more »

Gotta Gig? Bring Backups!

Yes, backing up your computer data is vital. But this article is about another kind of backup: redundant gear, so that if something goes wrong, you're not out of commission. Today's gear is undeniably solid and... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Songwriters on Songwriting Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released another essential guide to make music: Songwriters on Songwriting — and like all of their other guides, this one is completely free! In Songwriters on Songwriting, a... Read more »

Slate Digital VMS Virtual Microphone System Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPnSk2uljT0 Mitch Gallagher presents the VMS Virtual Microphone System from Slate Digital. The Slate Digital VMS Virtual Microphone System includes an extremely transparent... Read more »

Mesa/Boogie Triple Crown TC-50 Tube Amplifier Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjYyOcQ7oeg Mitch Gallagher presents the Triple Crown TC-50 tube guitar amp head from Mesa/Boogie. Its 3-channel design offers two modes on each channel for American-sounding clean... Read more »