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Mesa/Boogie Signal Management Pedals

Mesa/Boogie has released four new pedals aimed at helping guitars players optimize their tone and manage difficult signal situations. First up, we have the Stowaway, a compact input buffer for pedalboards. The... Read more »

Orange 4 Stroke Bass Head Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCc8e7TWvOs Jon Bailey from Orange presents the 4 Stroke bass amplifier head (available in 300-watt and 500-watt versions). The 4-band parametric EQ offers +/-18dB in your bass, low... Read more »

To Rack or Not to Rack

The '80s may have been the heyday of the "rack of doom"-style guitar rig, with huge, refrigerator-sized equipment racks filled with all sorts of processors. This resulted in something of a backlash against monster... Read more »

Manley VOXBOX and Ampeg B-15N Come to UAD

Universal Audio has released UAD software version 8.7 for UAD DSP accelerator hardware and Apollo audio interfaces. This release adds two new plug-ins to the UAD family, the Manley VOXBOX channel strip and the Ampeg... Read more »

NI Announces KOMPLETE 11

Unleash your creativity! Native Instruments has announced version 11 of their awe-inspiring KOMPLETE suite of virtual instruments and effects. There are now three versions of KOMPLETE, allowing you to choose which... Read more »

Isolated versus Non-Isolated Pedal Power Supplies

Non-isolated power supplies for guitar pedals are basically one power source that a number of different pedals can draw from, often in "daisy-chain" fashion. In most cases, this works fine. However, more pedals... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Vocalist’s Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians. Entitled The Vocalist's Guide to Recording, Rehearsing, and Performing: Care and Maintenance for Singers in Every Genre, this guide is... Read more »

When Should I Change My Guitar or Bass Strings?

Some players change their strings on a regular schedule whether they need to or not, just to be sure their strings never go bad. Other people don't really think about their strings, and keep them on their instrument... Read more »

Welcome Aston Microphones

We're pleased to welcome Aston Microphones to the Sweetwater family! Created using British engineering and unique processes, Aston mics are instantly recognizable. From the drawing board through fabrication to final... Read more »

Crank It Up, Turn Down the Bass Control

When you're playing your guitar parts by yourself at lower volumes, you'll probably want to turn your bass knob on your amp up to give your guitar full-bodied sound. However, when you're playing loud, especially in... Read more »

Hartke Bass Pedals Demo with Victor Wooten

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCUaC2bfNhg World-famous bassist Victor Wooten demonstrates three cool bass pedals from Hartke: the HC33 Chorus, the HF44 Bass Fuzz, and the HL77 Looper. The HF44 Bass Fuzz is a... Read more »

Orange Crush Bass Combos

Orange has redesigned their line of bass combo amps with the Crush Bass Series. The Crush Bass Series includes three amps: Crush Bass 25 (25 watts, 8-inch speaker), Crush Bass 50 (50 watts, 12-inch speaker), and... Read more »

Hartke KB12 Kickback 1×12″ Bass Combo Demo with Victor Wooten

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YQy7TAeRos Bass Virtuoso Victor Wooten presents the Hartke KB12 Kickback bass combo. Hearing your tone as the audience hears it is critical to live performance. The Hartke Kickback... Read more »

Hartke TX600 Bass Amplifier Demo with Victor Wooten

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rdV01j0QoA Bass virtuoso Victor Wooten presents the Hartke TX600 bass amp. The TX600 hybrid electric bass amplifier head is Hartke's most portable design. Despite only weighing seven... Read more »

The Indie Artist’s Guide to Gigging

The latest FREE downloadable guide from our friends at Disc Makers is The Indie Artist's Guide to Gigging: Strategies for Booking, Promoting, and Thriving On Stage in Your Home Town and On the Road, a comprehensive... Read more »

How Often Should I Replace My Audio Cables?

Cables don't "wear out" in the same way that some components, such as vacuum tubes, do. In most cases, unless it is damaged or suffers wear from being coiled/uncoiled, stepped on, pulled, twisted, bent, or otherwise... Read more »

Happy 4th of July!

Best wishes from everyone at inSync and Sweetwater for a safe and enjoyable day celebrating the freedom of our nation!

Bunny Brunel Interview at Sweetwater GearFest 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICd2a679Qrw Mitch Gallagher sits down with bassist Bunny Brunel at Sweetwater's GearFest 2016. Along with Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, and Jeff Berlin, Bunny founded the... Read more »

Peavey MiniMEGA 1000-watt Lightweight Bass Head Overview by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZcT1fF_Ako Michael Smith from Peavey presents the MiniMEGA 1000 bass amp head. It delivers a gut-churning 1,000 watts into 4 ohms, and yet it weighs in at just nine pounds and fits... Read more »

Scotty Moore Dies at 84

One of the founders of rock and roll, genre-defining guitarist, Scotty Moore, best known for his time as Elvis Presley's guitarist and first manager, passed away at his home yesterday. In addition to performing and... Read more »

Peavey MiniMAX 500-watt Lightweight Bass Head

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MCZSbsn7_A Michael Smith from Peavey presents the MiniMAX 500 bass amp head. The Peavey MiniMAX packs a massive tone arsenal that you'll find ideal for any live or studio gig. To... Read more »

Peavey MiniMEGA 1000-watt Lightweight Bass Head

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZcT1fF_Ako Michael Smith from Peavey presents the MiniMEGA 1000 bass amp head. It delivers a gut-churning 1,000 watts into 4 ohms, and yet it weighs in at just nine pounds and fits... Read more »

Avid Releases Sibelius 8.4

Avid has just released Sibelius 8.4. In addition to numerous bug fixes and improvements, this update introduces a new Custom Staff Sizes feature. There are now four staff sizes for you to choose among, defined in... Read more »

How to Use Both Delay and Reverb During Mixdown

Delay and reverb are classic effects that you'll find yourself using in almost every mix, sometimes on different tracks, but often on the same track. There are no hard and fast rules as to how you must use these... Read more »