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How to Record the Output of a Reason 9 Player Device to a Track

One of the new features in Propellerhead Reason 9 is Player devices (such as Note Echo, Scales and Chords, and Dual Arpeggio), which let you alter playback of a MIDI performance in realtime. This means if you record... Read more »

The Indie Artist’s Guide to Gigging

The latest FREE downloadable guide from our friends at Disc Makers is The Indie Artist's Guide to Gigging: Strategies for Booking, Promoting, and Thriving On Stage in Your Home Town and On the Road, a comprehensive... Read more »

How Often Should I Replace My Audio Cables?

Cables don't "wear out" in the same way that some components, such as vacuum tubes, do. In most cases, unless it is damaged or suffers wear from being coiled/uncoiled, stepped on, pulled, twisted, bent, or otherwise... Read more »

Happy 4th of July!

Best wishes from everyone at inSync and Sweetwater for a safe and enjoyable day celebrating the freedom of our nation!

Scotty Moore Dies at 84

One of the founders of rock and roll, genre-defining guitarist, Scotty Moore, best known for his time as Elvis Presley's guitarist and first manager, passed away at his home yesterday. In addition to performing and... Read more »

How to Use Both Delay and Reverb During Mixdown

Delay and reverb are classic effects that you'll find yourself using in almost every mix, sometimes on different tracks, but often on the same track. There are no hard and fast rules as to how you must use these... Read more »

Harmony Central’s GearFest X-treme Show Report

Our friends at Harmony Central have posted an awesome report on their experiences at GearFest 2016 here at Sweetwater! The crew from HC arrived with the Harmony Central AirStream trailer in tow and set up a command... Read more »

Summer NAMM is Here!

The annual Summer NAMM trade show, held in Music City — Nashville, TN — opened its doors today and will run through Saturday, June 25. The Summer NAMM show is always a blast, with new product... Read more »

Nektar Adds Reason 9 Support

Nektar has released an update to their line of keyboard controllers that includes both DAW integration with the just-released Propellerhead Reason 9 and mapping for the three new Player devices included in Reason 9... Read more »

Arturia Updates V Collection 5

Arturia has released the first software update to their award-winning V Collection 5. This update is mostly a bugfix and subtle enhancement update, however Arturia notes that they have addressed issues and requests... Read more »

Reason 9 Arrives!

Today marked the official release of Propellerhead Software's Reason 9, the latest version of their music production software. Reason 9 expands on the powerful Reason platform with new devices, new tools, workflow... Read more »

Sennheiser HD 25 Headphones Overview by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljp0CRmrB5c Jeff Mac from Techrep Marketing gives a quick overview of Sennheiser's HD 25 headphones. With excellent SPL handling, these headphones are ideal for broadcasters, live... Read more »

Breaking News: Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE v2.4.6 Hotfix

Native Instruments has released the following statement: "The MASCHINE 2.4.5 update uploaded to Service Center on Tuesday contains a critical issue that affects certain third-party plug-ins. A new version, 2.4.6... Read more »

New Products Announced at GearFest 2016

The 15th annual GearFest saw the announcement of many great new products — attendees at the show were the first in the world to see and get their hands on these new releases! From Arturia to sE Electronics to... Read more »

Make Music Day 2016

Join in a world-wide celebration of music on June 21! First launched in France in 1982, Make Music Day has grown into an international festival, with events in more than 700 cities in 120 countries! Anyone and... Read more »

New Gear at GearFest: iConnectivity mio

Our friends at iConnectivity are unveiling four new products at GearFest 2016 — the mio family of MIDI interfaces for Mac and Windows PC! These new MIDI interfaces connect via USB and provide a simple... Read more »

GearFest Exclusive: the World’s First Commercially Available Synthesizer

Here's a hot tip on an amazing must-see at GearFest here at Sweetwater this weekend: see and hear a beautifully restored 1941 Hammond Novachord — widely considered the precursor to the modern synthesizer... Read more »

Keith McMillen Instruments K-Mix Performance Mixer Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGehPVs1I-Y Mitch Gallagher presents the K-Mix Performance Mixer from Keith McMillen Instruments. This combination 8-in/10-out USB audio interface, touch-sensitive control surface... Read more »

5 Great Reasons to Attend GearFest 2016!

GearFest 2016 — our 15th annual FREE celebration of music and gear — takes place next Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, 2016, right here on the Sweetwater campus in Fort Wayne, IN! Here are five great... Read more »

GearFest App Now Available

The countdown is on: GearFest 2016 is just around the corner! This year's event is going to be the biggest and best ever. With so much to see and do, you're going to want to plan out your schedule — and now we've... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases REAKTOR Blocks 1.2 Update

Native Instruments has updated REAKTOR Blocks in REAKTOR 6 to version 1.2. The new version introduces CV and MIDI connectivity. With these new Blocks you can: Calibrate pitch signals for accurate use with external... Read more »

The Grand Design Deluxe Edition

If you have discovered Grand Designs — the incredible documentary about the music and career of iconic guitarist Carl Verheyen — then you know that Carl's new album, The Grand Design, is loaded with killer songs... Read more »

Free Home Studio Handbook from Disc Makers

Our friends at Disc Makers have released another free must-have how to guide: The Home Studio Handbook! This guide provides information on everything you need to know about recording in your home. From building an... Read more »

Shure SM58 Celebrates 50!

Mic Month 2016 may be drawing to a close, but it's not too late for one final shout out: the Shure SM58 dynamic cardioid microphone turned 50 years old just a few weeks ago! Introduced in March of 1966 at the... Read more »