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Should I Pan from the Perspective of the Drummer or the Audience?

There's no correct answer to this question. Some mix engineers vary their drum panning based on the sonic portrait they're painting with their mix. For example, are you trying to create a virtual garage or stage in... Read more »

Branding for Musicians Workshop

Our friends at Disc Makers are hosting a free webinar on June 2 on a topic that is vital for all musicians: how to develop and promote a unique brand. Being successful in the music business as a musician is, of... Read more »

Launch Control XL Updated with HUI Support

Novation has announced that their popular Launch Control XL performance control surface now features HUI integration. Launch Control XL has always been tightly integrated with Ableton Live, but this update allows... Read more »

Music Icon Prince Passes

Prince Rogers Nelson, best known as simply "Prince," passed away suddenly April 21 at age 57. A native of Minnesota, Prince built a massive career based on his vision of music, production values, refusal to... Read more »

Novation Upgrades Circuit with Circuit Components

Novation's hugely popular Circuit is an awesome tool for creating instrument, with drum and synth parts that can be easily programmed to create patterns and with tons of real-time control. Now Novation has upped the... Read more »

Arturia Updates BeatStep Pro Firmware

Arturia has released a firmware update to their BeatStep Pro controller and sequencer. Firmware version 1.4.0 offers numerous fixes and features improved stability when following MIDI, DIN, or analog external... Read more »

Akai Professional MPC Touch Demo with Spinscott by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwrE69OFssg Electronic music artist Spinscott performs "Touch" on the Akai Professional MPC Touch. From Spinscott: ""Touch" is a 100% Loop-Free & Sequence-Free performance on the... Read more »

Native Instruments Maschine “TruTorials — Season 2” Arrives

Native Instruments has released "Season 2" of their instructive, fast-paced, short "TruTorials" for Maschine. The TruTorials are designed to get you creating fast — each 90-second episode focuses on one... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Guide: Recording Live Music

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians: Recording Live Music: Expert Advice to Record Your Live Gigs. This downloadable guide will tell you everything you need to know to... Read more »

Musikmesse Is Here!

Musikmesse, the huge annual music and pro audio trade show held in Frankfurt, Germany, is here — and needless to say, there is loads of new gear on display! Be sure to check out our Musikmesse trade show... Read more »

Country Legend Merle Haggard Passes

Merle Haggard, iconic country music singer/songwriter/musician, passed away today. He was 79 years old. Haggard's family was from Checotah, Oklahoma, but had moved to Bakersfield, California. He was born not long... Read more »

Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2 Professional Multi Player Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31ljBDNpFiE Lars Schlichting from Pioneer DJ presents the CDJ-2000NXS2. A large 7" multicolor touchscreen provides you with critical information, including Wave Zoom, Needle... Read more »

Pioneer DJ DJM-900NXS2 4-channel DJ Mixer with Effects Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkwR6PVg-zs Lars Schlichting from Pioneer DJ presents the DJM-900NXS2 DJ mixer. Ready for professional touring and club use, the DJM-900NXS2 features Pioneer's first-ever 64-bit... Read more »

Pioneer DJ DDJ-RX rekordbox Controller Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlQPmE_gE64 Lars Schlichting from Pioneer presents the DDJ-RX rekordbox controller. Prepare your DJ set in the rekordbox dj software, connect the DDJ-RX to your laptop, and you're... Read more »

Sweetwater Joins Industry in Rallying Behind New Audio Format

Sweetwater Sound, the No. 1 online retailer of music instruments and pro audio equipment in the U.S., has announced that they are partnering with major professional audio gear manufacturers and industry-leading... Read more »

What’s a “Line Check”?

A "line check" is the process of making sure that all of the microphones, cables, and direct boxes on stage are working before the show or soundcheck starts. You can do this by having an associate with a cable... Read more »

iZotope Releases Mobius Filter

Mobius Filter, the latest plug-in release from iZotope, is designed to provide constant motion effects via perpetually rising and falling filter effects. An X/Y pad controls and manipulates the effects. Offering an... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools 12.5

Avid has released Pro Tools 12.5 and Pro Tools HD 12.5. The big news in this version is the arrival of Avid Cloud Collaboration, which brings to fruition the ongoing addition of new Pro Tools features, such as... Read more »

Cool Tool: Hand-held Recorder

In these days of computers, smartphones, and tablets, it's easier than ever to plug microphones into an audio interface or mixer, and send all the sources to your DAW of choice. But don't underestimate the value of... Read more »

Live Sound: Cable Organization

Nothing can ruin your set faster than tripping over cables — not only are cables a safety hazard for the performers, it's all too easy to pull over a piece of gear, break an input or output jack, or otherwise... Read more »

Propellerheads Announce A-List Studio Drummer

Propellerhead Software has announced their latest Rack Extension for Reason, A-List Studio Drummer. With more than 720 rhythms and 30 different styles — each played with five different drum kits, for a total... Read more »

Live Sound: Don’t Forget the Extension Cord

These days, nearly every musician needs power onstage — even vocalists need power for charging their iPads! Most musicians know that they should bring an extra power strip or two to the gig, just in case the... Read more »

Disc Makers Celebrates 70th with Giveaway

Our friends at Disc Makers are celebrating their 70th anniversary — and you could be a lucky winner! As part of the celebration, Disc Makers presents "Disc Makers Ultimate CD Wallet Bundle Prize Package,"... Read more »

Live Sound Month Continues at Sweetwater!

As part of Live Sound Month, the experienced sound-reinforcement engineers and performing artists at Sweetwater have prepared over 30 articles covering topics from speaker coverage and speaker delay to the best way... Read more »