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Wampler Mini Ego Compressor Pedal

Mitch Gallagher presents the Wampler Mini Ego Compressor pedal. It boasts the same transparent performance that has made its larger brother a gold standard among musicians. This addition to the line does it in a... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE Software Update

Native Instruments has updated MASCHINE software to version 2.6. The new update brings features previously only available for MASCHINE JAM, and vice versa. MASCHINE 2.6 offers JAM's Variation Engine, which features... Read more »

Zildjian K Custom Special Dry Cymbals Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents Zildjian's K Custom Special Dry series of cymbals. The K Custom Series is where the Zildjian Sound Lab went into innovation overdrive. K Customs arm you with a collection of modern K voices... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates DrumCore to v4.1.0

Sonoma Wire Works has released DrumCore v4.1.0. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the update features seven dedicated stereo auxiliary outputs for busing sub-mix channels within a session. The full drum mix is... Read more »

Happy Birthday, Peter Gabriel

Happy Birthday to a True Frontiersman, Mr. Peter Gabriel   Today is February 13. Of course, we'll have plenty of time to celebrate Valentine's eve, but first, let's lift our chocolate-covered whatevers to... Read more »

His Race Is Won – Jazz Legend Al Jarreau Dies at 76

"I am a distance runner, a marathoner... literally and figuratively." – Al Jarreau   When it came to performing, Al Jarreau was in it for the long run. As a matter of fact, it took a team of doctors to convince... Read more »

Sweetwater Channel Hits 100,000,000 Views

Our YouTube channel has reached one hundred million views — thank you for your viewership! Our goal is to share knowledge and our passion for gear with musicians and audio engineers worldwide. Thank you for your... Read more »

PRS Wood Library 408 Semi-hollow Guitar Review

Don Carr presents the PRS Wood Library 408 semi-hollowbody guitar. Sweetwater has hand selected the premium tonewoods for this luscious semi-hollowbody electric, giving you a limited-edition, one-of-a-kind... Read more »

Mapex Armory Exotic 5-piece Shell Pack Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents the Mapex Armory Exotic 5-piece shell pack. When you're battling multiple guitars for a place in the mix, not just any drum kit will do. The Mapex Armory shell pack cuts through today's... Read more »

Re-balance Your Mix After Adding Effects

It's usually obvious when you add or remove an effect such as distortion or compression — an effect that affects a track's or channel's volume — you'll also need to adjust the track's or channel's volume... 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 »

ATV aFrame Electroorganic Frame Drum Demo

Mike Snyder from ATV presents the aFrame Electroorganic frame drum. It's rare to encounter a percussion instrument that feels as fresh as the ATV aFrame. Its approach resembles that of a traditional frame drum — 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 »

What Is Speaker Sensitivity?

Nearly every specification chart for a speaker you'll find will list that speaker's sensitivity in decibels. For the most part, sensitivity tells you how much sound pressure level (SPL) a speaker can produce from a... 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 »

Digital Audio Labs LiveMix System Overview

Luke Vettel from Digital Audio Labs presents the LiveMix personal monitoring system. On top of world-class sound quality, LiveMix gives performers powerful control over their own 24-channel mixes, and even provides... Read more »

3 Reasons to Use An EQ Pedal for Guitar or Bass

There are three primary reasons to use an EQ pedal for electric guitar, electric bass, or acoustic guitar: 1. To correct for problems in your instrument, your amp, or the room. For example, a guitar's tone may be... Read more »

Solidbody vs. Hollowbody Guitar Comparison

Mitch Gallagher compares two Gibson guitars, one solidbody and one hollowbody, to demonstrate their fundamental differences in tone. The hollowbody is a Gibson Memphis ES-275 — the solidbody is a... Read more »

Royer R-122 MKII Ribbon Microphone Demo

John Jennings from Royer Labs presents the second generation R-122 ribbon microphone. This version packs the same impressive output and flexibility as the original R-122, with the addition of a 15dB pad and a bass... Read more »

T-Rex Alberta II Dual Overdrive Pedal Review

Don Carr presents the T-Rex Alberta II Dual Overdrive pedal. This dual overdrive pedal brings you two totally independent overdrives in a single pedal, allowing you to set a cleaner drive on channel 1 for rhythm... Read more »

Do I Need To De-Ess Vocal Tracks?

Q: How important is it to de-ess vocal tracks? A: Ultimately, the answer depends on how offensive sibilance is in your vocal tracks. If it's noticeable, then de-essing is a good idea. De-essers are just what they... Read more »

How Many Channels Does A Rehearsal PA System Need?

Q: I'm starting a new band, and we're going to need a PA for rehearsals. But how do I know how big of a PA I need? A: Few things are as exciting as getting a band together, finding a rehearsal space, and beginning... Read more »

4 Ways to Get a Phat Snare Sound

Nick D'Virgilio shares four tips on creating a bigger snare sound. Nick has selected four DW snare drums for this demonstration, but these tips will apply to a wide range of snare drums. After the video, learn more... Read more »