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Computer News

PreSonus Unveils Faderport 8

Take charge of your mixes! PreSonus' new Faderport 8 expands on the concepts on which the popular Faderport is based; simplicity, flexibility, and hands-on control, all at an affordable price. The Faderport 8 offers... Read more »

Slate Media Technology Releases RAVEN v3.2 for Pro Tools Windows

Slate Media Technology has released their RAVEN 3.2 software for their multi-touch controller for Pro Tools for Windows. This is their first Windows support for RAVEN, and allows Pro Tools users to access the full... Read more »

Big Changes for Pro Tools!

At the IBC trade show, Avid announced major changes that will make Pro Tools more affordable, and allow users more flexibility in configuring their systems and integrating third-party interfaces. You can now... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases KONTAKT 5.6

Native Instruments has released a free update to their flagship sampling application, KONTAKT. KONTAKT version 5.6 offers users an updated interface, improved stability, and bug fixes. In addition, it offers... Read more »

Shure Releases the 50th Anniversary Edition SM58

The most popular handheld dynamic mic in the world is celebrating an anniversary! The Shure SM58 dynamic cardioid microphone turned 50 years old earlier this year, and now Shure has released the limited-edition 50th... Read more »

30+ New Roland/BOSS Products Announced at 909 Day

On September 9, 2016, at Six01 Studios in Burbank, California, Roland and BOSS hosted an all-day (and night) online gala event celebrating the release of more than 30 products, complete with product debuts and... Read more »

First Look: Avid Pro Tools 12.6

Avid has unveiled the latest version of Pro Tools, v12.6, which will be released later this month. I had an opportunity to sit down for a hands-on "sneak peek" at some of the new features in the new version. There... Read more »

Native Instruments Announces Maschine Jam

Native Instruments has unveiled the Maschine Jam production and performance system, the latest member of the Maschine family. Designed for music creation in the studio and onstage, Maschine Jam combines an 8x8... Read more »

10 Tips for Making a Great Record

There are lists, tips and suggestions for ways to improve your recordings. This list is for those who don't just want to make a record — they want to make a great record. 1. Develop your artistic vision, and commit... Read more »

Creative Recording: Mic Your Headphones!

Sometimes, getting that narrow-band, old-transistor-radio type tone is just what a song needs. Many EQ and filter plug-ins offer some kind of "telephone" setting, but if you want to have some fun getting that effect... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates DrumCore to v4.0.11

Sonoma Wire Works has released a bugfix update to their drum instrument, DrumCore 4. The new version, 4.0.11, fixes an incorrect sample rate issue in Sonar X3, a WAV file naming and default folder issue when... Read more »

PreSonus Universal Control 1.8 for AudioBox Interfaces

PreSonus has released Universal Control 1.8 and recommends it for all AudioBox interfaces. The new update adds: AudioBox Series interface support, including new Windows driver and firmware updates for AudioBox VSL... Read more »

Blue Announces USB Studio Series

Blue Microphones has announced a new family of all-in-one recording systems, featuring the company's popular USB microphones bundled with recording software and custom, quick-start templates — some of which... Read more »

PreSonus Releases Notion 6

The latest version of PreSonus' Notion notation and composition software for Mac and PC is now available. Among the new features in Notion 6 are tighter integration with PreSonus' Studio One DAW, ReWire MIDI... Read more »

Shure MOTIV Series Overview by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNb1v8m0tnc Soren Pedersen from Shure presents the MOTIV series of microphones and audio interfaces. These compact mics deliver studio-quality sound for convenient recording on your... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases SONAR 2016.08 Update

Calkwalk has released the 2016.08 update for SONAR Artist, SONAR Professional, and SONAR Platinum. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the update includes the following new features: In the Plug-in Browser, users can... Read more »

How to Use Facebook to Promote Your Shows

CD Baby presents a free downloadable guide that will help you get the most out of Facebook to promote your events. Creating Effective Facebook Events: Fourteen rules to get more people to your shows is for anyone... Read more »

LaCie 2big Thunderbolt 2 External Hard Drive Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzRy6lsrvkg Mitch Gallagher presents the LacCie 2big Thunderbolt 2 hard drive. LaCie's RAID Monitor software alerts you when you need disk maintenance, identifies drive failures, and... Read more »

What is the Difference between Word Clock and Clock Sync?

Every digital device has an internal clock that determines when each sample should be captured (recorded) or reconstructed (replayed). This is the "word clock" — a digital clock that governs the sample rate of... Read more »

How to Master Tracks in Ozone

Sweetwater recently was privileged to have a visit from renowned mastering engineer, Jonathan Wyner, who sat down with our own Mitch Gallagher for a 6-part video series demonstrating how to use iZotope Ozone for... Read more »

D16 Group PunchBOX Kick Drum Synthesizer Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2QadaSHsKw Ray Williams from Music Marketing presents the D16 Group PunchBOX software instrument. PunchBOX combines sampling and synthesis in a virtual kick drum instrument. The... Read more »

How to Use Auto-panning for “Pseudo-stereo” Effects

If you have a mono sound that you wish to subtly spread across the stereo field, one creative trick is to use an auto-panner plug-in, such as Soundtoys PanMan, which lets you automatically pan a mono signal back and... Read more »

Mastering Tracks with iZotope Ozone: Getting Started (Part 1)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfbHoFGTrWA Mitch Gallagher sits down with mastering engineer Jonathan Wyner to talk about mastering tracks with iZotope Ozone software. In this video, Jonathan discusses getting... Read more »

Mastering Tracks with iZotope Ozone: Basic Compression (Part 3)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHSajjoFXEs Mitch Gallagher sits down with mastering engineer Jonathan Wyner to talk about mastering tracks with iZotope Ozone software. In this video, Jonathan discusses basic... Read more »