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What is “Circuit Bending?”

Literally, bending a circuit in some way to change what it does. This refers to the adventurous and tech-savvy arming themselves with electrical engineering knowledge, the proper tools and parts, and opening up... Read more »

Couldn’t Attend GearFest 2015? You’re in Luck!

GearFest, Sweetwater's massive annual 2-day celebration of music and gear, continues to grow every year, and 2015 was no exception! GearFest 2015, which took place in early June, broke virtually every previous... Read more »

PreSonus Updates Studio One 3 to v3.0.2

PreSonus has been busy; not only have they released a new free version of Studio One 3 called Studio One 3 Prime, but they have updated Studio One 3 to version 3.0.2. The free update introduces new functionality and... Read more »

Disc Makers Releases Free Music Promotion Guide Bundle

Disc Makers has released a new free bundle featuring three of their acclaimed musician's guides: Getting Radio Airplay, Touring as an Indie, and 10 Effective Strategies to Get Your Music Noticed. These guides are... Read more »

How to Capture Both Bass DI and Amped Tracks

There are entire books written about mic techniques for recording electric guitar; for bass guitar, however, it's tempting (and often recommended) to just record direct. After all, that is the "purest" bass sound... Read more »

Gator Titan Series Waterproof Guitar Case Overview and Hammer Test by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCmBu62f23Y Rob Garofala from Gator presents the Titan Series of waterproof guitar and bass cases. These cases are designed for maximum protection, perfect for world tours and... Read more »

Universal Audio Announces UAD Update and New Plug-ins

Universal Audio has updated UAD software to version 8.3. This version adds artist presets in the Precision Mix Rack Collection, as well as introducing several new plug-ins. First up are the new Ampeg SVT-VR and... Read more »

Ashdown Announces New Retroglide Bass Head

Ashdown has announced a new addition to their popular Retroglide series of amplifiers. The Retroglide-800 features an extremely powerful 800-watt amplifier section, yet the head is small and light enough (only 6-1/2... Read more »

Is There a Wah Pedal That Can Also Be an Expression Pedal?

Q: I've seen volume pedals that can also be expression pedals, but what I would like is a wah pedal that will also do expression. Is there such a thing? A: The Hotone Soul Press Micro Volume/Expression/Wah Pedal... Read more »

BeatBuddy Manager Updated for Mac and PC

Singular Sound, makers of BeatBuddy the first complete drum machine in a stompbox format, have updated their BeatBuddy Manager software. This is the most comprehensive update yet, featuring: Now both PC and Mac... Read more »

H9 Does Distortion…and More!

Eventide has announced a new algorithm, CrushStation, that brings overdrive and distortion to the company's popular H9 stompbox processor. The new algorithm does not strive to emulate an amp or pedal, rather it uses... Read more »

Positive Grid Announces BIAS FX Desktop

Positive Grid, makers of the acclaimed BIAS Amp and BIAS Amp Professional guitar modeling apps for Mac, Windows, and iOS, has announced BIAS FX Desktop for Mac and Windows. A guitar and effects processor, BIAS FX... Read more »

Should I Use Graphic or Parametric EQ?

A graphic EQ is designed to cut or boost level on equally spaced frequencies, such as 1/3-octave or octave spacing, with a preset bandwidth value. Parametric EQ, on the other hand, gives you fewer EQ bands, but with... Read more »

Vic Firth Passes

Everett "Vic" Firth, founder of the Vic Firth Company, passed away yesterday at the age of 85. Though well known for his namesake company, Firth was also highly successful as a musician — former Boston... Read more »

Summer NAMM 2015: Guild Starfire II Bass Guitar Overview by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1grVTVgsC6g Scott from Guild introduces the Starfire II bass at Summer NAMM 2015. The thinline semi-hollowbody is comfortable to play, but gives you the organic, resonant sound and... Read more »

Summer NAMM 2015: Guild Chris Hillman Signature Byrds Bass Overview by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ufXNlrIvyQ Scott from Guild presents the Chris Hillman Signature Byrds Bass at Summer NAMM 2015. Featuring a semi-hollow all-maple body, 3-piece mahogany neck with rosewood... Read more »

Songwriters on Songwriting

If you're looking for tips and professional insight on the art of songwriting, then you must check out the latest free guide from our friends at Disc Makers: Songwriters on Songwriting. In this guide, a... Read more »

Summer NAMM 2015: Bugera Veyron Series Bass Amplifier Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpQEn7JMagk Phil from Bugera presents the Veyron T bass amp head from the show floor of Summer NAMM 2015. Audio was recorded from the amp's direct output, directly into our camera... Read more »

Summer NAMM 2015: Wampler Low Blow Bass Overdrive Pedal Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVzIlXovr1I Brian Wampler presents his Low Blow bass overdrive pedal from the show floor at Summer NAMM 2015. More than just a simple distortion pedal, the Low Blow sports a... Read more »

IMSTA FESTA Comes to Chicago

The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) is bringing their IMSTA FESTA to Chicago for the first time, on July 25, 2015. The free event, hosted by SAE Institute and co-sponsored by Sweetwater, the... Read more »

Summer NAMM is Here!

Summer NAMM 2015 is in the history books! But that doesn't mean that our coverage is finished. We've got our comprehensive show report online and ready for your perusal. This year's show was loaded with great new... Read more »

Summer NAMM Hits This Weekend

This weekend, July 9-11, Summer NAMM rolls back into Nashville's Music City Center. Summer NAMM, presented by the National Association of Music Merchants, is an annual trade show featuring hundreds of manufacturers... Read more »

Hardware vs. Software

Here's an FAQ we see all the time: which is better; software or hardware? This question has raged since software emulations first appeared. And we here at Sweetwater have the final, definitive answer: it depends... Read more »

How Many Features Do I Need?

Q: I'm looking at picking up some new gear, but I can't decide which features I need for the stuff I want — should I get something with tons of control or something simple? There are benefits to both simple... Read more »