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Orange Rocker Tube Combo Amplifier Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Orange Rocker series of tube combo amps. The all-tube Rocker series is the culmination of over a decade of fine-tuning that game-changing amplifier. The 15-watt Rocker 15 offers an... Read more »

Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII Audio Interface Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII audio interface, which debuted at Winter NAMM 2017. It improves on the acclaimed Apollo Twin with next-generation AD/DA converters for astonishingly wide... Read more »

Trace Elliot ELF Bass Amp Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Trace Elliot ELF bass amplifier. How'd you like to hold 200 watts in the palm of your hand? With the Trace Elliot ELF micro bass head you can. Achieve great bass tones with ease, thanks... Read more »

Aquarian Reflector Series Drumhead Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents the Reflector Series from Aquarian Drumheads. Aquarian is a company that listens to its artists' needs. So when Eric Moore (Sly & the Family Stone, Suicidal Tendencies) requested a head... Read more »

Supro Westbury Electric Guitar Review

Don Carr presents the Supro Westbury guitar. With the Island Series Westbury, the Supro brand is reentering the electric guitar market. Supro's vintage instruments have been highly sought after since the reignition... Read more »

Meinl Pure Alloy Cymbals Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents Meinl Pure Alloy cymbals. When you're a company as radical as Meinl Cymbals, a push toward the traditional can be a refreshing twist. So it is with the Pure Alloy series. These cymbals look... Read more »

EarthQuaker Devices Space Spiral Delay Pedal Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the EarthQuaker Devices Space Spiral modulated delay pedal. an analog-voiced digital delay pedal with a ton of tone-shaping potential that will appeal to the most sonically adventurous. The... Read more »

Way Huge Russian Pickle Fuzz Pedal Review

Don Carr presents the Way Huge Russian Pickle fuzz pedal. Looking for that elusive "tall font" black Russian fuzz tone? Unless you can find a collector's piece, the Way Huge Russian-Pickle Fuzz pedal is as good as... Read more »

Electro Voice ND Series Microphones Overview

Rick Belt from Electro Voice presents their ND series of live performance mics. After the video, click the links below for more info. Handheld vocal mics: ND76 - https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ND76 ND76S... Read more »

Taylor 814ce Deluxe First Edition Acoustic-electric Guitar Review

Don Carr presents the Taylor 814CE Deluxe First Edition guitar. Only 50 Taylor 814ce Deluxe First Edition acoustic-electric guitars are being made, and we've got them all here at Sweetwater! Experience rich, complex... Read more »

Why Do Some Guitar Amps Have Complex EQ And Others Just a Tone Knob?

First, let's assume the question is about modern guitar amplifiers. With older amps, fewer tonal options were available. But these days, it's mostly a matter of style. Some amps are designed to have a "tone" right... Read more »

Blend Clean and Distorted Bass for Better Tone

Distorted bass sounds awesome — greasy, gritty, garage-y, and punchy. But if you're not careful, distorted bass can get lost in the mix. This is because using distortion can increase compression (reducing the... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2017: Pre-Show Kickoff

✈️...And we're off! Be sure to tune in to Sweetwater. We'll be scouring the show floor of Winter NAMM 2017 to bring you a real-time look at the coolest new gear of 2017. View our Winter NAMM 2017 Sneak Peek here:... Read more »

Slate Digital Updates VerbSuite Classics

Slate Digital has released version 1.0.7.1 of VerbSuite Classics. In addition to several bug fixes, improvements in this version include: Added the Device Browser Added a Reset Reverb Parameters in the Configuration... Read more »

Coming Soon: NAMM 2017

The annual Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show in Anaheim, California, will open its doors at 10am PST on Thursday, January 19 — and Sweetwater will be there! Tune in at 10 to view... Read more »

How To EQ Background Vocals

Few things are as frustrating as having perfect background vocal recordings that don't "sit" well in the mix. If you push the volume up, they start to mask the lead vocals, but if you pull them back, they fade away... Read more »

NAMM News: PRS Unveils Sonzera Guitar Amplifiers

PRS Guitars has introduced a new family of all-tube combo and head guitar amplifiers, the Sonzera series. Available in 20-watt combo and 50-watt head and combo versions, the new amps are aimed to provide maximum... Read more »

NAMM News: SSL Updates Sigma

Solid State Logic has updated their Sigma Remote Controlled Analogue Summing Mixer to version 2.1 software. The free update introduces Eucon control and three new AAX, Audio Units, and VST/VST3 format plug-ins. A... Read more »

Drum Lesson: Linear Triplet Fills with Mike Johnston of MikesLessons.com

Join Mike Johnston of MikesLessons.com for a quick lesson on linear triplet fills, and how to incorporate them into your playing. Check out more lessons from Mike Johnston here: https://www.MikesLessons.com Check... Read more »

Sennheiser XS Wireless 1 Mic Systems Demo

Nick D'Virgilio presents the Sennheiser XS Wireless 1 series of wireless microphone solutions. Sennheiser XS Wireless 1 systems combine modern looks with great sound and ease of use for up to 10 channels at a time... Read more »

6 Great Reverb Pedals

Reverb is an effect that can easily be taken for granted by guitarists. It comes built in to a lot of amps and is usually controlled by a single knob. And once the right setting is figured out, it's basically left... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2017 Preview

It's NAMM time again! Each year, the world's manufacturers of music and pro audio gear gather together in Anaheim, California, for a huge trade show where they introduce the new products we'll all be lusting after... Read more »

How Often Should I Clean My Fretboard?

Getting in a basic maintenance habit of wiping down your guitar or bass with a soft cloth after each playing session is a great way to keep finger gunk and oils from building up over time. If you can't remember to... Read more »

Surgical EQ vs. Tone Shaping EQ

Sometimes a precision, "surgical" EQ cut or boost is exactly what a track or channel needs to accentuate or remove a trouble frequency or to control feedback or resonances. But other times, a wider bandwidth EQ... Read more »