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Cycling ’74 Updates Max to v7.1

Cycling '74 has released a revision to Max 7. In addition to bug fixes and general stability improvements, Max 7.1 includes two new features: The enhanced Snapshot system allows users to save the state of a patcher... Read more »

Waves introduces Element 2.0

Waves' Element virtual analog polyphonic synthesizer offers dual oscillators with sync, four LFOs, and an extensive modulation matrix; built-in effects including chorus, delay, reverb, distortion, bit crusher, and... Read more »

Buy MASCHINE, Get 7 Free Expansions

Native Instruments is offering a smoking deal to purchasers of MASCHINE (black or white), MASCHINE STUDIO (black or white), or MASCHINE MIKRO (black or white) through January 4, 2016: purchase one of these MASCHINE... Read more »

Avid Announces Pro Tools 12.4

Avid has announced the latest version of Pro Tools, v12.4 will be available in late December, 2015. The new version adds Track Freeze, which joins Commit and Track Bounce as methods for reclaiming CPU power during... Read more »

Akai Professional MPC Touch Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWVBYBtcy1Y Rich Curtis from Akai presents the MPC Touch. Equipped with classic MPC pads, essential hands-on controls, and an amazing 7" multi-touchscreen, MPC Touch lets you get your... Read more »

7 Gifts That Will Fit in a Stocking

It's that time of year — gift-giving season is upon us! (And don't forget, gift season also means gift receiving!) Don't procrastinate, get your wish list ready now for your friends and family. If you need... Read more »

6 Essential Home Studio Building Blocks

A home studio may be the ultimate facilitator of creative freedom for a musician. Where else can you create, totally unfettered by the clock, free to experiment for as long as you like? That's something you'd... Read more »

Novation Circuit Synthesizer/Sequencer Workstation Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlys6Jvxolw Mitch Gallagher gives an overview of the Novation Circuit, a 2-part synth and 4-part drum machine with built-in sequencing. This standalone groove box, with its onboard... Read more »

Income Tax Planning for Musicians

If you're in the business of creating, performing, or recording music, there are steps you can take to make the most of your year-end gear purchases and potential tax deductions. But you need to wrap these up by... Read more »

Cubase Pro 8.5 and Cubase Artist 8.5 are Here!

Steinberg has released the latest version of Cubase Pro and Cubase Artist, version 8.5! Perhaps the biggest news is VST Transit, a cloud collaboration system that allows musicians around the globe to easily work... Read more »

Win Big in the Annual GearFest Raffle from pureMix

Our friends at pureMix have launched their annual GearFest raffle — and you could win big! But there's more to this raffle than just a chance to win great prizes. Each entrant in the raffle qualifies to view... Read more »

Arturia Updates BeatStep Pro to Firmware v1.3

Arturia has updated the firmware of their BeatStep Pro hardware and software beat machine to version 1.3. The updated version offers a plethora of new features and enhancements: Wait to load pattern — BeatStep... Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving!

From everyone at Sweetwater, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving holiday! inSync will return tomorrow!

The Vocalist’s Guide to Recording, Rehearsing, and Performing

Want to kick your vocal abilities up a notch? Need to learn how to warm up? How can you take care of and preserve your voice? Why should you keep a bag of potato chips handy in the studio? All these questions and... Read more »

Native Instruments Announces Compatibility with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Native Instruments has released the following statement regarding compatibility with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan: "...the compatibility issues connected with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan are now resolved. "The latest OS... Read more »

New Beat-making Tutorials from Propellerheads

The Propellerheads are back with two more Super Neat Beat Cheat Sheet tutorials, this time covering Liquid Drum 'n' Bass and Trip Hop . Not into making beats or EDM? These are still awesome production tutorials that... Read more »

Serato DJ updated to version 1.8

Serato has updated Serato DJ to version 1.8. This version includes many enhancements and new features: Key Detection — detect the key of the songPitch N' Time DJ update — key shift your tracks +/- 12... Read more »

You Could Win Big in Sweetwater’s Annual Holiday Giveaway!

A holiday classic returns! It's official: the annual Sweetwater holiday celebration has begun! This year celebrating our favorite time of year includes giving away more than $75,000 in prizes — and you could... Read more »

Stay In The Flow When Recording

When you're recording — especially if you're recording alone — it can be tempting to stop as soon as you've made a mistake, undo the record pass or delete the offending performance, and start again. That... Read more »

Ableton Release Live 9.5

Ableton has updated Live to version 9.5. Live 9.5 boasts new analog-modeled filters, new waveforms and metering displays, and new sampling capabilities. In addition to bug fixes and general enhancements, Live 9.5... Read more »

Guide to the Complete Marketing Process

If you're going to make music, it's nice if people can find it and hear it! The new free guide from our friends at Disc Makers, The Complete Marketing Process: Creating and Executing a Music Marketing Plan, will... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates MASCHINE to v2.4

Native Instruments has released MASCHINE 2.4, which features deep integration with third-party plug-ins via Native Instruments Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) format, first introduced with KOMPLETE KONTROL. With NKS... Read more »

Ableton Push 2 Controller for Ableton Live Overview by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xe3yA3xp5WY Ben Casey from Ableton presents the Push 2 control surface for Ableton Live software. The Push 2 controller offers you a matrix of 64 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads... Read more »

Ableton Push 2 Controller for Ableton Live Overview by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPDKbbot4pM Mitch Gallagher is joined by Ben Casey, Brand Manager and Certified Trainer from Ableton, to present the Push 2 control surface for Ableton Live. Ben explains the... Read more »