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Rocktron Launches MicroHUSH

The world-famous HUSH noise reduction system from Rocktron will be available in a space-saving bantam/mini pedal format with the launch of the all-new MicroHUSH! There's never enough room on a pedalboard for all the... Read more »

GearFest App Now Available

The countdown is on: GearFest 2016 is just around the corner! This year's event is going to be the biggest and best ever. With so much to see and do, you're going to want to plan out your schedule — and now we've... Read more »

How to Record Bass with Victor Wooten

Our good friend and renowned bass virtuoso, Victor Wooten, stopped by Sweetwater recently to sit down for a video shoot in Sweetwater Studios with our own Director of Studio Operations, Mark Hornsby, to talk about... Read more »

The Grand Design Deluxe Edition

If you have discovered Grand Designs — the incredible documentary about the music and career of iconic guitarist Carl Verheyen — then you know that Carl's new album, The Grand Design, is loaded with killer songs... Read more »

In the Studio with Victor Wooten by Sweetwater Studios

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD3RxOKkysM Join producer Mark Hornsby and world-renowned bassist Victor Wooten in Sweetwater Studios to talk about recording bass guitar! These Nashville veterans share tips and... Read more »

Free Home Studio Handbook from Disc Makers

Our friends at Disc Makers have released another free must-have how to guide: The Home Studio Handbook! This guide provides information on everything you need to know about recording in your home. From building an... Read more »

Shure SM58 Celebrates 50!

Mic Month 2016 may be drawing to a close, but it's not too late for one final shout out: the Shure SM58 dynamic cardioid microphone turned 50 years old just a few weeks ago! Introduced in March of 1966 at the... Read more »

Sweetwater Hosts Worship Connect

The recent Worship Connect event at Sweetwater was a workshop designed to help worship leaders, techs, and musicians become better leaders and artists within their community. This was a unique opportunity to get... Read more »

Victor Wooten Rocks Sweetwater

Our good friend and bass player supreme Victor Wooten recently stopped by Sweetwater to shoot some videos on behalf of Hartke bass amps. While he was here, he treated the company to an impromptu jam session on our... Read more »

Pete Griffin Interview with Sweetwater Sound

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGgVYo6xGSI Mitch Gallagher interviews Grammy Award-winning bassist Pete Griffin. Pete has had the pleasure of performing with Dweezil Zappa, Dethklok, Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio, Chick... Read more »

Next-generation Creation Station Music/Audio Computers Arrive!

Sweetwater has released the latest-generation of our Creation Station Windows PC computers — and the new machines are the state of the art for music creation and audio production! There are four models in the... Read more »

Rupert Neve Designs RNDI Active Transformer Direct Interface Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSdpZ6Pw-wU Mitch Gallagher presents the RNDI direct box from Rupert Neve Designs. With fastidiously developed custom transformers and Class A biased, discrete FET amplifiers, the... Read more »

Pre-GearFest Amplified Workshops

Back by popular demand! Sweetwater's Amplified Workshops take place the day before GearFest officially starts — on June 16, right here on the Sweetwater campus. These paid workshops are taught by highly... Read more »

Billboard Releases Top 2015 Money-makers List

Billboard magazine has released their list of the top money-making musicians/bands for 2015. It's an interesting list both from the obvious curiosity aspect about who's popular, etc., but even more so because... Read more »

Avid Releases Sibelius 8.3

Avid has announced the latest update to the Sibelius notation software, version 8.3. The new version includes more than 60 improvements, such as the ability to color any note — including the notes in chords... Read more »

TC Announces Sub ‘n’ Up Octaver

TC Electronic has announced the latest member of their TonePrint family of pedals, the Sub 'n' Up Octaver. The Sub 'n' Up Octaver offers two modes: polyphonic octave shifting or vintage-style mono octave shifting... Read more »

Branding for Musicians Workshop

Our friends at Disc Makers are hosting a free webinar on June 2 on a topic that is vital for all musicians: how to develop and promote a unique brand. Being successful in the music business as a musician is, of... Read more »

Does My Guitar Pick Affect the Tone of my Bass or Guitar?

To a certain degree, yes. The material, thickness, and hardness of a pick will have an effect on how percussive the "pluck" of a string will be, which will affect your tone. However, other than that, the specific... Read more »

Music Icon Prince Passes

Prince Rogers Nelson, best known as simply "Prince," passed away suddenly April 21 at age 57. A native of Minnesota, Prince built a massive career based on his vision of music, production values, refusal to... Read more »

Welcome Xotic Effects!

Sweetwater is proud to announce the addition Xotic to our family of partner manufacturers. From the player-approved AC Booster, RC Booster, and BB Preamp to the bantam-sized EP Booster, SP Compressor, and SL Drive... Read more »

What is the Difference Between an Active and a Passive DI Box?

The most obvious difference is that passive DI boxes don't need to be powered. Active DI boxes require a power source, usually batteries or phantom power over an XLR jack. But the differences go deeper than that... Read more »

Saving the World, One String at a Time

As an environmentally conscious company, Sweetwater is excited to participate in D'Addario and TerraCycle's Playback string-recycling program, the first of its kind. On April 22-23, 2016, in celebration of Earth Day... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Guide: Recording Live Music

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians: Recording Live Music: Expert Advice to Record Your Live Gigs. This downloadable guide will tell you everything you need to know to... Read more »

Musikmesse Is Here!

Musikmesse, the huge annual music and pro audio trade show held in Frankfurt, Germany, is here — and needless to say, there is loads of new gear on display! Be sure to check out our Musikmesse trade show... Read more »