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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 »

What is the Difference between a Wire and a Cable?

A "wire" is a single conductor (typically copper, but silver, aluminum, gold, and other materials are also used) that may be solid or stranded. Two or more insulated wires grouped together in a sleeve or jacket... Read more »

Home Studio Handbook

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide, the Home Studio Handbook! It's no secret that home studios are all the rage, and for good reason — the gear is so affordable, and with a home... Read more »

Native Instruments Announces TRAKTOR KONTROL S5

Native Instruments has announced the latest in the TRAKTOR KONTROL family of DJ controllers, the TRAKTOR KONTROL S5. The TRAKTOR KONTROL S5 brings to the table a portable 4-deck, all-in-one, STEMS-ready DJ control... Read more »

Labor Day Sale!

Sweetwater's massive Labor Day Sale is going on right now! You could save up to 75% on special buys, discounts, and closeout items. Check it out!

Native Instruments Traktor 2.9 Pro Update Includes Support for Stems

Native Instruments has updated their flagship DJ software, Traktor Pro, to support their brand-new open, multi-channel audio file format, called "Stems." Stems split a source into four musical elements — for... Read more »

Mixing with the Pros Workshop Series

Want to learn to mix like a pro? Then don't miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sit behind the glass with some of the most sought-after recording engineers in the world, the Mixing with the Pros Workshop... Read more »

How To Audition For a Band

Auditioning for a band is a chance to seize an opportunity quickly and decisively. If a band is holding auditions, that means there's a position to fill and probably soon. If it's someone you want to work with... Read more »

The 250 Best-selling Musicians of All Time

Garth edges out Elvis...Barbra inches past AC/DC...Springsteen and Madonna are neck and neck...Digital Music News has published their list of "The 250 Best-selling Musicians of All Time" — and it's a... Read more »

Careers at Sweetwater with The Tone King

During his visit to Sweetwater, The Tone King visited with Sweetwater's Talent Acquisition Specialist, Jordan Applegate, for a discussion on careers at Sweetwater... Read more »

Explore Sweetwater’s Digital Warehouse with The Tone King

One of the most exciting features in our brand-new Music Store is our proprietary "Digital Warehouse" — a system that allows customers in our Store to explore our massive onsite inventory, and bring any... Read more »

The Tone King Interviews Sweetwater’s Mitch Gallagher

During his visit to the Sweetwater campus (learn more about his visit here), The Tone King interviewed our own Editorial Director, Mitch Gallagher, resulting in a wide-ranging conversation about gear, Sweetwater... Read more »

Tour Sweetwater with The Tone King!

Sweetwater was recently lucky enough to have one of guitardom's leading bloggers and Youtube mavens, The Tone King, make the journey out to Fort Wayne for a personal visit. TTK is well known as a leading reviewer of... Read more »

What is the Difference between Echo and Delay?

Many engineers and musicians use the two terms interchangeably. But if you want to get tweaky about it, echo effects are a subset of delay effects, but delay effects can be much more than just echo. A basic... Read more »

What is “Circuit Bending?”

Literally, bending a circuit in some way to change what it does. This refers to the adventurous and tech-savvy arming themselves with electrical engineering knowledge, the proper tools and parts, and opening up... Read more »

Couldn’t Attend GearFest 2015? You’re in Luck!

GearFest, Sweetwater's massive annual 2-day celebration of music and gear, continues to grow every year, and 2015 was no exception! GearFest 2015, which took place in early June, broke virtually every previous... Read more »

PreSonus Updates Studio One 3 to v3.0.2

PreSonus has been busy; not only have they released a new free version of Studio One 3 called Studio One 3 Prime, but they have updated Studio One 3 to version 3.0.2. The free update introduces new functionality and... Read more »

Disc Makers Releases Free Music Promotion Guide Bundle

Disc Makers has released a new free bundle featuring three of their acclaimed musician's guides: Getting Radio Airplay, Touring as an Indie, and 10 Effective Strategies to Get Your Music Noticed. These guides are... Read more »