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Winter NAMM 2016: Two Notes Le Bass Preamp Pedal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka1dWuY561g Sweetwater stops by the Two Notes booth at Winter NAMM 2016 to check out the Le Bass preamp pedal. Bass demo begins around 3:10. Audio was recorded via the direct out of... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2016: Yamaha TRBX204 Bass Guitar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N017VCExmZ8 The Yamaha TRBX204 4-string electric bass guitar is a fantastic instrument for players wanting their first active bass, and for players needing a high-quality backup for... Read more »

Sweetwater’s Massive Winter NAMM 2016 Report!

Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) is the biggest trade show of the year for the musical instrument and pro audio industry. Each January, manufacturers, retailers, and the press gather in Anaheim... Read more »

TC Electronic Winter NAMM 2016 Releases Presented by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NShSpm_7ywE Mitch Gallagher sits down with Tore Mogensen from TC Electronic to check out three of their latest products being introduced at the Winter NAMM 2016 music trade show: the... Read more »

Specs Only Tell Part of the Story

It's tempting to shop by comparing specifications. After all, better gear always has better specs, right? Specs can be tremendously informative and useful when making gear decisions. But specs aren't everything... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2016 Preview

It's less than a week until the doors open on the most important trade show in the musical instrument and pro audio industry, Winter NAMM! Held in Anaheim, California, Winter NAMM brings together manufacturers... Read more »

Eagles’ Glenn Frey dead at age 67

Eagles vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Glenn Frey passed away today in New York City from complications related to rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He had been ill for several weeks... Read more »

Peavey Announces MiniMEGA Bass Amp Head

Peavey has announced the new MiniMega, a 1,000-watt bass amplifier head. Coming in a just nine pounds, the MiniMEGA produces a full and rich tone and delivers unprecedented performance in a compact bass amp. The... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Pro Tools Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released Pro Tools for Musicians: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started!, a new 50-page guide meant for any and all Pro Tools users — musicians, engineers, songwiters, and... Read more »

RMS vs. Peak Power When Comparing Speakers

When you're researching the wattage of musical instrument/pro audio speaker drivers, you will often find two values for the power handling rating: RMS (root mean square), and "peak." It's important to know what each... Read more »

David Bowie Passes

David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie, has passed away after an 18-month battle with liver cancer. His death comes two days after the release of his latest album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday. A native... Read more »

Trip Wamsley Interviewed by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQzOGNngBGw For this Guitars and Gear interview, Mitch Gallagher sits down with composer and bassist Trip Wamsley. He talks about his upcoming projects, playing with other bass... Read more »

How Hi-Z is High Enough?

Electric guitars with passive pickups will always sound better through a "hi-Z," or high-impedance input. This is because you want to plug your guitar into an amplifier, direct box, preamp, or audio interface that... Read more »

Best of 2015: Sweetwater’s Top Artist Interview

What was the most-watched Sweetwater artist interview video for 2015? And the winner is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slfzjawcvUg Popular runners up include: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsDSB5AxOrQ... Read more »

Happy New Year!

From everyone here at Sweetwater's inSync, best wishes for a safe, happy, prosperous, and musical 2016!

Happy Holidays!

From all of us at Sweetwater's inSync, best wishes for a safe and joy-filled holiday!

What are the Differences Between Plate and Spring Reverbs?

Plate and spring reverbs are in some ways very similar devices but they are quite different in sound. A plate reverb is a thin sheet of metal, suspended via springs (or sometimes clamps) under tension inside a rigid... Read more »

Avid Announces Pro Tools 12.4

Avid has announced the latest version of Pro Tools, v12.4 will be available in late December, 2015. The new version adds Track Freeze, which joins Commit and Track Bounce as methods for reclaiming CPU power during... Read more »

Why Are Bass Amps So High Wattage Compared to Guitar Amps?

A quick browse of available guitar amps reveals that while most guitar amps fall in the 15-watt to 100-watt range, most bass amps tend to be 100 to 500 watts or even higher. Bass amps generally need more power than... Read more »

What are the Differences Between Buffered and True Bypass Pedals?

"Buffered" and "true bypass" refer to how the pedal behaves when it is disengaged or bypassed. In a true bypass (sometimes called "hard bypass") pedal, when the pedal is off, your signal is routed directly from the... Read more »

7 Gifts That Will Fit in a Stocking

It's that time of year — gift-giving season is upon us! (And don't forget, gift season also means gift receiving!) Don't procrastinate, get your wish list ready now for your friends and family. If you need... Read more »

6 Essential Home Studio Building Blocks

A home studio may be the ultimate facilitator of creative freedom for a musician. Where else can you create, totally unfettered by the clock, free to experiment for as long as you like? That's something you'd... Read more »

10 Gig Bag Essentials

There's nothing worse than getting to a gig, session, or rehearsal and finding out that you forgot something, or that something you needed wasn't included in your gig bag. One way to avoid this nightmare situation... Read more »

Income Tax Planning for Musicians

If you're in the business of creating, performing, or recording music, there are steps you can take to make the most of your year-end gear purchases and potential tax deductions. But you need to wrap these up by... Read more »