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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 »

Country Legend Merle Haggard Passes

Merle Haggard, iconic country music singer/songwriter/musician, passed away today. He was 79 years old. Haggard's family was from Checotah, Oklahoma, but had moved to Bakersfield, California. He was born not long... Read more »

When I Turn On My Tube Amp, Does It Need to be in Standby?

There are several schools of thought on this. One goes like this: Tubes operate on two different types of electrical current, a low-voltage AC current that heats up their filaments, and high-voltage DC current that... Read more »

Music Man StingRay 40th Anniversary Bass

Forty years ago, Leo Fender created a prototype of the soon-to-be-famous Music Man StingRay Bass. Dubbed "Old Smoothie" because of its unique pickup arrangement — with 10 alnico polepiece magnets — this... Read more »

BeatBuddy Updates to v1.85, adds Sobriety

Singular Sound has released version 1.85 firmware for their popular BeatBuddy. Several major new features are included, such as an unique Sobriety Function that allows the user to specify just how much adult... Read more »

Sweetwater Joins Industry in Rallying Behind New Audio Format

Sweetwater Sound, the No. 1 online retailer of music instruments and pro audio equipment in the U.S., has announced that they are partnering with major professional audio gear manufacturers and industry-leading... Read more »

What’s a “Line Check”?

A "line check" is the process of making sure that all of the microphones, cables, and direct boxes on stage are working before the show or soundcheck starts. You can do this by having an associate with a cable... Read more »

Avid Releases Sibelius v8.2

Avid has released their second update for Sibelius notation software, version 8.2. This update is loaded with new features, building on the enhancements in Sibelius 8.0 and 8.1. Repeat barlines appear before time... Read more »

Playing Well with Others – Teamwork Onstage

When you're playing music onstage, communication and cooperation are essential. When everyone is playing tight and really listening to one another, the groove is infectious. You hear your part in the larger context... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools 12.5

Avid has released Pro Tools 12.5 and Pro Tools HD 12.5. The big news in this version is the arrival of Avid Cloud Collaboration, which brings to fruition the ongoing addition of new Pro Tools features, such as... Read more »

Cool Tool: Hand-held Recorder

In these days of computers, smartphones, and tablets, it's easier than ever to plug microphones into an audio interface or mixer, and send all the sources to your DAW of choice. But don't underestimate the value of... Read more »

Live Sound: Cable Organization

Nothing can ruin your set faster than tripping over cables — not only are cables a safety hazard for the performers, it's all too easy to pull over a piece of gear, break an input or output jack, or otherwise... Read more »

Live Sound: Don’t Forget the Extension Cord

These days, nearly every musician needs power onstage — even vocalists need power for charging their iPads! Most musicians know that they should bring an extra power strip or two to the gig, just in case the... Read more »

Disc Makers Celebrates 70th with Giveaway

Our friends at Disc Makers are celebrating their 70th anniversary — and you could be a lucky winner! As part of the celebration, Disc Makers presents "Disc Makers Ultimate CD Wallet Bundle Prize Package,"... Read more »

Live Sound Month Continues at Sweetwater!

As part of Live Sound Month, the experienced sound-reinforcement engineers and performing artists at Sweetwater have prepared over 30 articles covering topics from speaker coverage and speaker delay to the best way... Read more »

Preventing Volume Wars

We admit it, we love to hear a cranked up guitar amp, a thunderous bass, and hammering drums — there's nothing like it! But volume can very easily get out of hand, leading to a volume war onstage. The... Read more »