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How to Make Beats in Reason

Propellerhead Software has a cool video series going on how to make beats using Reason; the tutorial series is called "Super Neat Beat Cheat Sheet" and currently consists of three videos covering different styles:... Read more »

Blue Introduces Lola

Blue has expanded their acclaimed headphone family with Lola, a sealed, over-the-ear headphone with massive custom drivers and detailed, accurate sound quality. Lola introduces a new lighter, slim-fit headband with... Read more »

139th AES Convention Coverage Begins October 30!

The 139th AES Convention, one of the premier audio events of the year, is set to unveil the latest technological advances from the professional audio world and Sweetwater will keep you in tune with all of it. A... Read more »

u-he Zebra2 Modular Synthesizer Plug-in Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lh0gXVuXdQk Rajiv Bethune from Music Marketing presents the u-he Zebra2 synth plug-in. With Zebra2, you can create any additive, freehand, or spline-based waveform you can dream up... Read more »

PreSonus Announces HP2

The PreSonus HP2 stereo personal headphone amplifier is designed for musicians and performers who need mobility and uncompromising audio quality when using wired headphones or in-ear monitors. The HP2 is a portable... Read more »

7 Questions About Sample Rate

It's easy to talk about the sample rates for sessions, but how much do you know about it? In this article, I'll answer a few questions about sample rates. What is "Sample Rate"? Sample rate is literally how fast... Read more »

Equalization — A Primer

Equalizers. We use them all the time, but other than twisting knobs (or adjusting sliders), we don't generally think about what they are — or how they came about. An equalizer (EQ) allows for manipulation of... Read more »

An Intro to Reverb

Reverb is arguably one of the mixing engineer's most-used effects. Though its popularity waxes and wanes (there was a time when singers sounded like they were in the bottom of a well, and a time when reverbs were... Read more »

KOMPLETE KONTROL S88 and NKS Announced

Native Instruments has expanded the powerful KOMPLETE KONTROL S-series keyboard controller family in two ways: First, they've announced the stunning new KOMPLETE KONTROL S88, an 88-key, weighted-action version of... Read more »

36 Month Financing is Back — for a Limited Time!

0% interest for 36 months on qualifying orders $699 and up; that's what Sweetwater's 36 Month Financing is all about. Just your Sweetwater Musician's All Access Platinum Card, make the required 36 equal monthly... Read more »

Native Instruments and El Capitan Compatibility

Native Instruments has released the following statement on Apple Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan Compatibility with their software: In Mac OS X 10.11, Native Instruments Audio Units plug-ins will not pass the AU... Read more »

How to Use Ableton Live 9 with Pro Tools

Ableton Live 9 makes an ideal companion for Avid Pro Tools — for writing, loop production, creative effects, converting audio to MIDI, and much more. Getting the two pieces of software to communicate is easy... Read more »

The Definitive Press Kit Guide for Musicians

Want to get noticed by the press? Then you're going to need a press kit — and not just a selfie and quick email, but a well-designed, professional package that conveys what you and your music are all about... Read more »

Nektar Panorama and Impact and El Capitan

Nektar has released the following update on the OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility of the Panorama series of control surfaces/USB-MIDI controller keyboards: "We have found some issues during the process of testing... Read more »

Akai MPC Touch Announced

Akai Professional has announced the latest member of the immensely popular MPC Music Production Center family, the MPC Touch! With the MPC Touch, Akai has reinvented the Music Production Center paradigm, using a... Read more »

Is Your Music Good Enough?

Here's an interesting article we stumbled across on how to step back and evaluate whether your music is really ready for release or not. It's hard for all of us to be objective about our art, and the tips in this... Read more »

Novation Debuts Circuit

Novation has unveiled a new synthesizer workstation based around a 4x8 pad matrix: Circuit. The sonic power comes from two Nova series synth engines, a 4-part drum machine, onboard effects, a 128-step sequencer... Read more »

Updating to OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Today (September 30, 2015) Apple is releasing the latest update to the Mac operating system, OS X 10.11 "El Capitan." It offers many compelling new features for general use, such as improved performance, split... Read more »

Apple Releases OS X El Capitan

Apple has unveiled the latest version of OS X, OS X 10.11 — nicknamed "El Capitan." The new operating system for Mac computers adds many useful enhancements, including new ways to manage multiple windows and... Read more »

What is the YouTube -13 LUFS Loudness Reference Level?

LUFS (Loudness Units before Full Scale) is a synonym for Loudness, K-weighted, relative to Full Scale (LKFS), which is a loudness standard that aims to normalize loudness levels across broadcast mediums. In other... Read more »

Looking for Inspiration? Create Your Own Presets!

So you just bought a new synthesizer, programmable effects processor, or plug-in, and you love the presets. You're thrilled with how it sounds. You explore every preset, tweaking them to your taste and it's... Read more »

How to Make Your Recording Space Sound Great

It's a fact that most home studios are, well, in homes. And while this makes many things easier (for example, getting to the session on time), there is one thing that is inescapable — the average bedroom is... Read more »

Effects Tip: Use an Octave Effect to Thicken your Sound

This effects tip is good for any instrument, and it works both for recording and live performance. If you want to thicken up the tone of an instrument, consider using an octave effect. Mix it in subtly, to the point... Read more »

Q: What is Efficiency in a Speaker?

The "efficiency" of a speaker refers to the sound level in decibels (dB) measured from a distance of one meter. Decibels, in this case, are a measure of perceived volume, not power, so the more efficient the... Read more »