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January Clearance 2017

Delmar Drum Wraps Turn 50

Drummers are a loyal bunch when it comes to the brands they play — the sounds, the features, and particularly the finishes. But what many drummers don't know is that the industry's most celebrated drum wraps have... Read more »

Should I Adjust My Guitar’s Neck Myself?

Adjusting the relief on a guitar or bass neck is generally quite simple and safe to do. It's something we think every guitar or bass player should at least be familiar with doing, in case of an "emergency" when a... Read more »

Klark Teknik announces 1176-KT

Quick, name one compressor/limiter that recording engineers can't do without. For many, the answer would be the venerable 1176 Limiting Amplifier. Now, Klark Teknik has released their take on this vintage must-have... Read more »

Apogee Element 46 Audio Interface Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rajh2TkOf0M Mitch Gallagher records some tracks with the Apogee Element 46 audio interface, with help from Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio and Don Carr. The Element 46 is a 12-in/14-out... Read more »

The Fringe – A Second or Two

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-LrQyeVwUI Music video directed by Nigel Dick. Shot in Ft. Wayne, IN. The Fringe is a bold, electrifying trio consisting of Randy McStine (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Jonas Reingold... Read more »

The Magic of Joni Mitchell’s Open Tunings

Happy birthday, Joni. That's right, today we're having cake and ice cream in honor of an iconic folk singer, songwriter, and of course – guitarist. Joni Mitchell's unique sound occupies a space all its own in music... Read more »

Ludwig Pro Beat 24 Stainless Steel 3-piece Shell Pack Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W4MINJFwvU Nick D'Virgilio presents the Ludwig Pro Beat 24 Stainless Steel 3-piece shell pack. Ludwig helped pave the way for non-wood drum kits in the 1970s - first with the... Read more »

How to Take Care of Your Microphones

A sound engineer's mic locker is the most important tool in his or her arsenal. Microphones are the first and most critical element of your recording chain. Proper care and maintenance are essential. Take care of... Read more »

KRK V Series 4 Active Studio Monitors

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE6stYd71WU Mitch Gallagher presents the KRK V-series 4 active studio monitor speakers. KRK worked with hundreds of engineers and producers to get the response right for its V Series... Read more »

Novation Releases Circuit v1.4 Firmware

The latest firmware release from Novation adds new features to the Circuit groovebox, making it more powerful than ever. The Circuit firmware v1.4 update is free, and can be done through the Circuit Components suite... Read more »

Does the Power Amp of the Positive Grid BIAS Head Amp Need To Be Disabled During Silent Recording?

The power amp section of the Positive Grid BIAS Head Amp is always on. However, that's not a problem for silent recording. Unlike tube amps, which always need a speaker load attached, the BIAS Head Amp has a... Read more »

Soundtoys Releases Version 5.1.1 Update

Soundtoys has updated their suite of Soundtoys 5 products to version 5.1.1. The new version includes the following fixes: Fixed issue that was causing crashing in some 32-bit sessions with high memory usage.Fixed DC... Read more »

Three New Plug-ins for UAD-2 and Apollo

Universal Audio has announced three new plug-ins for their UAD audio DSP accelerators and Apollo audio interfaces. Announced as part of the UAD Software v9.0 update, the API 2500 Bus Compressor, Chandler Limiter... Read more »

Universal Audio UAD Software v9.0 Adds Thunderbolt Support for Windows 10

Universal Audio has unveiled the latest software for their UAD audio DSP accelerators and Apollo audio interfaces. In addition to three new optional plug-ins, UAD v9.0 includes major features for Windows 10 users... Read more »

JBL PRX800 Series Overview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97F6hfV7Nn0 Nathan Baglyos from JBL presents the PRX800 series of active loudspeakers. Onboard Wi-Fi technology and advanced DSP allow you to achieve complete control over your live... Read more »

Windows Driver for Focusrite Clarett Thunderbolt Interfaces Now Available

Focusrite has released a Windows driver for their Clarett range of Thunderbolt audio interfaces. The driver offers parity with the Mac version, including latency as low as 2.32ms and Focus Control hardware mixer... Read more »

Richie Faulkner Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkiZvjHpes8 Mitch Gallagher is joined by Richie Faulkner, guitarist for Judas Priest. He talks about what it's like playing for a band he came up listening to, how he got the gig, and... Read more »

How Keith Emerson Changed the World of Synth

Today would've been Keith Emerson's 72nd birthday. Why is that important? Ask any synth player or fan of '70s progressive rock. They'll tell you that Keith Emerson was, no, is one of the most influential musicians... Read more »

Korg Announces Monologue + Monologue Review!

Korg has unveiled a new voice in the synthesizer world, the monologue! Completely programmable, the monologue features a unique new monophonic analog synthesis structure, a powerful 16-step sequencer, micro-tuning... Read more »

The Guitar Buying Experience at Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH1730Fx8XA With over 10,000 guitars at your fingertips, buying from Sweetwater has never been easier. In the Sweetwater Guitar Gallery you can search by color, price, components and... Read more »

Waves Announces Sierra Compatibility

Waves has announced that all their plug-ins (version 9.6 and higher) and software applications are now fully compatible with macOS X 10.12.1 (Sierra). If you are using a VST-compatible DAW, Waves instructs that you... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates Drumcore to v4.0.13

Sonoma Wire Works has released the latest update to Drumcore 4. The newest version, 4.0.13, includes the following additions and bugfixes: Improves downloading initial content, and purchasing and downloading add-on... Read more »

Concord LTD by Emerson Custom

Sweetwater has teamed with our friends at Emerson Custom to create a limited-edition Concord buffer pedal in a very cool matte black finish. When do you need a buffer? Most pedalboards can benefit from a... Read more »

Pace Unveils iLok 3

Pace has released the newest iLok license storage key, the iLok 3. The new iLok is the smallest yet, half the size of its predecessor at just 1.5 inches long and 0.5 inches wide. This lower-profile design combined... Read more »