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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 »

Roland DJ-808 Performance DJ Controller Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DdDz0ytfrM Mitch Gallagher visits California on 909 Day to check out the Roland DJ-808 Performance DJ controller at Six01 Studios in Burbank. Roland DJ Products National Sales... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

What is True Stereo versus Pseudo-stereo?

In terms of effects and processors, there are a number of terms that can apply to the "stereo-ness" of the signal. Consider these definitions: True Stereo — The stereo signal consists of two related channels... Read more »

What is the Difference Between Active and Passive Speakers?

The difference is that an active speaker has built-in active (electrically powered, battery or external AC) electronics, such as an active crossover and/or a built-in power amp. A passive speaker, on the other hand... Read more »

Novation Adds New Features with Circuit v1.3 Firmware

Novation has updated the firmware for their popular Circuit groovebox to version 1.3. The free firmware update adds powerful new features as well as streamlines and simplifies the Circuit workflow making it easier... Read more »

Gator G-TOUR DSP DJ Controller Cases Overview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1810i7n7BU Rob Garofala from Gator presents their G-TOUR DSP series of DJ controller cases. Built with tour-style plywood and heavy-duty, commercial-grade hardware, and filled with... Read more »

NI Announces KOMPLETE 11

Unleash your creativity! Native Instruments has announced version 11 of their awe-inspiring KOMPLETE suite of virtual instruments and effects. There are now three versions of KOMPLETE, allowing you to choose which... Read more »

Kenny Harris and Dan Pawlovich from PANIC! AT THE DISCO

Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio interviews Kenny Harris (touring guitarist) and Dan Pawlovich (touring drummer) from Panic! At The Disco. They discuss the band, how they use Ableton Live software during live... Read more »

Kenny Harris and Dan Pawlovich from Panic! at the Disco Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQlwPHVI1JM Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio interviews Kenny Harris (guitar) and Dan Pawlovich (drummer) from Panic! at the Disco. They discuss the band, how they use Ableton Live... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Vocalist’s Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians. Entitled The Vocalist's Guide to Recording, Rehearsing, and Performing: Care and Maintenance for Singers in Every Genre, this guide is... Read more »

Season 3 of MASCHINE TruTorials

Native Instruments has posted Season 3 of their instructional video series for MASCHINE. TruTorials is back with 12 new 90-second episodes showcasing MASCHINE's workflow and capabilities. These free, bite-sized... Read more »

Korg Releases Electribe V2.0 and Free Patterns

Korg has released a new version 2.0 operating system for their Electribe and Electribe Sampler. The Version 2.0 operating system addresses three big user requests: Single-level undoPattern chainingOn-screen original... Read more »

Ableton Announces Upcoming Live 9.7

Ableton is previewing version 9.7 of the popular Live DAW software; the new version is in beta test stage and will be released later this year. They're telling us to look for big improvements to slicing, recording... Read more »

Push/Pull MIDI Drums for Added Feel

It's never been easier to program drum parts. Nearly every DAW will let you draw a part directly on a musical grid or you can use tracks generated by an awesome instrument such as Toontrack EZdrummer 2. Just... Read more »

Welcome Aston Microphones

We're pleased to welcome Aston Microphones to the Sweetwater family! Created using British engineering and unique processes, Aston mics are instantly recognizable. From the drawing board through fabrication to final... Read more »