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Rose L. Shure Passes

Rose L. Shure, chairman of Shure Inc., passed away on January 25. Shure Inc. was founded by Mrs. Shure's husband, Sidney N. Shure, in 1925, and she had been an integral part of the success of the company for more... Read more »

TEC Award Winners Announced

On January 23rd, at the Winter NAMM trade show in Anaheim California, the winners in the 31st Annual NAMM TEC Awards were announced. Comedian Sinbad hosted the show, which presented awards in 31 technical and... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2016: M-Audio CTRL 49 Keyboard Controller

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QE9PdP0hVA Sweetwater stops by the M-audio booth at Winter NAMM 2016 to check out their CTRL 49 keyboard controller. See Sweetwater's Winter NAMM 2016 Show Report to check out the... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2016: AKAI MPC Studio Black

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7PjblfmuGs Sweetwater stops by the Akai booth at Winter NAMM 2016 to check out their MPC Studio Black. See Sweetwater's Winter NAMM 2016 Show Report to check out the latest music... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2016: AKG K167 DJ Headphones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBcqDJ4tSmA Sweetwater stops by the AKG booth at Winter NAMM 2016 to check out K167 DJ headphones. See Sweetwater's Winter NAMM 2016 Show Report to check out the latest music gear for... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2016: AKG K67 DJ Headphones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m924Scjx6EM Sweetwater stops by the AKG booth at Winter NAMM 2016 to check out K67 DJ headphones. See Sweetwater's Winter NAMM 2016 Show Report to check out the latest music gear for... Read more »

Give Your Sequences “Feel” with Groove Extraction

The days of sequenced MIDI parts sounding robotic are over. (Unless you want your MIDI tracks to sound robotic, of course. There's nothing wrong with that!) There are lots of parameters and features in most... Read more »

Sweetwater’s Massive Winter NAMM 2016 Report!

Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) is the biggest trade show of the year for the musical instrument and pro audio industry. Each January, manufacturers, retailers, and the press gather in Anaheim... Read more »

Specs Only Tell Part of the Story

It's tempting to shop by comparing specifications. After all, better gear always has better specs, right? Specs can be tremendously informative and useful when making gear decisions. But specs aren't everything... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2016 Preview

It's less than a week until the doors open on the most important trade show in the musical instrument and pro audio industry, Winter NAMM! Held in Anaheim, California, Winter NAMM brings together manufacturers... Read more »

Eagles’ Glenn Frey dead at age 67

Eagles vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Glenn Frey passed away today in New York City from complications related to rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He had been ill for several weeks... Read more »

How to Preserve Human Feel by Quantizing Sections of Tracks

Quantization is an amazing timing tool that can help you save a performance that's generally great, but might have a few problem areas where there are noticeable timing discrepancies. When you have a track like... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Pro Tools Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released Pro Tools for Musicians: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started!, a new 50-page guide meant for any and all Pro Tools users — musicians, engineers, songwiters, and... Read more »

RMS vs. Peak Power When Comparing Speakers

When you're researching the wattage of musical instrument/pro audio speaker drivers, you will often find two values for the power handling rating: RMS (root mean square), and "peak." It's important to know what each... Read more »

Pioneer DJ Unveils Next-generation CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2

Pioneer DJ has taken their flagship pro DJ set-up a giant leap forward with the new CDJ-2000NXS2 and DJM-900NXS2. Combining new features and even better audio quality, the new items offer more accurate and natural... Read more »

How to Create a Synth “Riser” to Build Excitement

A tried-and-true technique to build energy into another part of a song is to use a drum fill — it works every time! But if you're looking for an alternative, why not try a synth "riser"? Popular in dance... Read more »

David Bowie Passes

David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie, has passed away after an 18-month battle with liver cancer. His death comes two days after the release of his latest album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday. A native... Read more »

Numark NS7III DJ Controller Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paoyao0yuzw Numark's flagship NS7III DJ control system is one of the most comprehensive Serato rigs ever made. It's designed to satisfy both the most demanding controllerist and the... Read more »

Best of 2015: Sweetwater’s Top Artist Interview

What was the most-watched Sweetwater artist interview video for 2015? And the winner is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slfzjawcvUg Popular runners up include: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsDSB5AxOrQ... Read more »

Happy New Year!

From everyone here at Sweetwater's inSync, best wishes for a safe, happy, prosperous, and musical 2016!

iZotope Announces Full Product Line Support for Mac OS X 10.11

iZotope has completed updating their line to support Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. This culminates an update process that began weeks ago. We have compiled a full list of all of their products, along with which version... Read more »

Happy Holidays!

From all of us at Sweetwater's inSync, best wishes for a safe and joy-filled holiday!

What are the Differences Between Plate and Spring Reverbs?

Plate and spring reverbs are in some ways very similar devices but they are quite different in sound. A plate reverb is a thin sheet of metal, suspended via springs (or sometimes clamps) under tension inside a rigid... Read more »

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 »