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What is a “Snake” and Do I Need One?

"Snake" is a generalized term for many cables all permanently bundled together in a tube or other binding. A snake is useful when you need to route a bunch of cables from one location to another — rather than... Read more »

Keith Emerson Passes

Prog-rock keyboard virtuoso/composer/legend Keith Emerson died Friday at his home in Santa Monica, Los Angeles. A pioneer in the prog-rock genre, Emerson, as one of the founders of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, combined... Read more »

Live Sound Month at Sweetwater!

We're celebrating Live Sound Month at Sweetwater! For over three decades, our passion has been helping performers take the stage with confidence, with PA solutions that cover everything from churches to coffee... Read more »

Strymon MultiSwitch and Firmware Updates

The Strymon MultiSwitch adds a lot of creative power when combined with the company's TimeLine, Mobius, or BigSky pedals. In most cases, connecting a MultiSwitch to your Strymon pedal will be simply "plug and play,"... Read more »

Pedalboard Essentials: Loop Switchers

I've been using pedals in my guitar rig since back in the Dark Ages, when they were steam powered. (Keeping the fire stoked with logs under the pedalboard to keep up the steam was a real hassle during gigs...) I've... Read more »

Fresh Tones: Wah at the End of the Pedal Chain

The classic position for a wah pedal is as the first pedal your guitar sees (or second, if you use a vintage fuzz pedal that doesn't deal well with buffers). It's almost considered gospel: the wah becomes part of... Read more »

What’s the Difference Between Resistive and Reactive Loads?

It's not safe to operate a tube guitar amplifier with no speaker connected. The amplifier needs to see a "load" — normally from a speaker — that gives the power it puts out somewhere to go. Without a... Read more »

Cool Tool: Ansmann Work Light

Shed a little light on the subject! There's nothing worse than trying to set up on a dark stage or fiddling around in the dark inside or behind a rack loaded full of equipment. Sure, many smartphones have a... Read more »

Can I Use Rubbing Alcohol to Clean my Strings?

We don't recommend it. Rubbing alcohol may dry out the wood of the fingerboard, and may damage certain plastic materials on the guitar, and in some cases, even damage the guitar's finish. We've found that it can... Read more »

Disc Makers Guide to Marketing for Musicians

Our friends at Disc Makers have published another free guide: The Complete Marketing Process for Musicians: Creating and Executing a Music Marketing Plan. It's no secret that you'll never build a fan base or get... Read more »

President’s Day Sale — Save Up to 72%!

Looking for a great deal? You'll definitely find amazing deals at Sweetwater's 2016 President's Day Sale! You could save up to 72% off of regular prices on select items, now through February 16, 2016. Check out some... Read more »

Recording Secret: Mute Unplayed Strings

Strings on stringed instruments resonate. That's what they are supposed to do. When you're strumming open chords that may be exactly what you want. But if you're recording a particularly low or downtuned part that... Read more »

Get iZotope DDLY Free — Limited-time Offer

Free never sounded so good! Get iZotope's new DDLY Dynamic Delay Plug-in absolutely FREE from Sweetwater, no strings attached! Limited-time offer good through March 9, 2016. The DDLY is designed to let you create... Read more »

Maurice White Passes

Maurice White, founder, songwriter, producer, and co-lead singer for Earth, Wind & Fire, has passed away. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1941, Maurice formed his first band with Booker T Jones as a child. In his... Read more »

Eventide Releases SpaceTime for H9

Eventide has released a new optional algorithm and presets for their H9, H9 Core, and H9 Max stompboxes, SpaceTime. Utilizing the immense DSP capability of the H9, SpaceTime combines two delays with control over... Read more »

Welcome Strymon!

Uncompromising design and a broad range of tonal options. Welcome to the Sweetwater family, Strymon. From the Ola dBucket Chorus to the Big Sky uber-reverb, from the el Capistan dTape Echo to the Flint tremolo and... Read more »

Dix Trips Visits Sweetwater!

Our good friend, the award-winning producer/director, Nigel Dick (music videos for Britney Spears, Nickelback, Breaking Benjamin, Guns N' Roses, Oasis, Def Leppard, Tears For Fears, and hundreds more, as well as... Read more »

What is the 4-cable Method for Connecting an Amp to a Multi-effects?

The "four-cable method" refers to a way to connect a compatible guitar multi-effects pedal to a guitar amplifier. Some digital multi-effects pedals have multiple inputs and outputs, and allow to route different... Read more »

Auralex Announces MudGuard v2

Auralex has announced the MudGuard v2 microphone shield, which is designed to isolate microphones from external bleed from unwanted sources. The MudGuard v2 has a unique, patent-pending multi-radii convex shape... Read more »

How to Record Direct with a Guitar Amp/Software Speaker Simulator

Have you ever listened to the sound of a guitar amp direct without running it through a speaker cabinet? It sounds terrible — thin, buzzy, and trebly. This is why guitarists always want to use a speaker... Read more »

TC Electronic SpectraComp Mini Bass Compressor Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcqOV0cK5hw Tore Mogensen from TC Electronic joins Mitch Gallagher to present the SpectraComp bass compressor pedal. The pedal is modeled after the popular MD3 engine from TC... Read more »

Rose L. Shure Passes

Rose L. Shure, chairman of Shure Inc., passed away on January 25. Shure Inc. was founded by Mrs. Shure's husband, Sidney N. Shure, in 1925, and she had been an integral part of the success of the company for more... Read more »

TEC Award Winners Announced

On January 23rd, at the Winter NAMM trade show in Anaheim California, the winners in the 31st Annual NAMM TEC Awards were announced. Comedian Sinbad hosted the show, which presented awards in 31 technical and... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2016: Tech 21 Bass Fly Rig

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5_JaXUrMn4 Sweetwater stops by the Tech 21 booth at Winter NAMM 2016 to check out their Bass Fly Rig, a compact multi-effects processor for electric bass. Get the Tech 21 Bass Fly... Read more »