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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 »

What is a “Snake” and Do I Need One?

"Snake" is a generalized term for many cables all permanently bundled together in a tube or other binding. A snake is useful when you need to route a bunch of cables from one location to another — rather than... Read more »

Keith Emerson Passes

Prog-rock keyboard virtuoso/composer/legend Keith Emerson died Friday at his home in Santa Monica, Los Angeles. A pioneer in the prog-rock genre, Emerson, as one of the founders of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, combined... Read more »

Arturia iSpark App Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMpcNe6HpG4 Mitch Gallagher presents the iSpark drum machine app from Arturia. iSPARK's user interface is designed to emulate Arturia's SPARKle compact rhythm controller, and you can... Read more »

Live Sound Month at Sweetwater!

We're celebrating Live Sound Month at Sweetwater! For over three decades, our passion has been helping performers take the stage with confidence, with PA solutions that cover everything from churches to coffee... Read more »

PAs for DJs

What Is a DJ? The term "DJ" has an extremely wide meaning, covering everything from the person in charge of keeping the music going at the wedding reception to performers who deconstruct, combine, and create... Read more »

iSPARK and SPARKle for iPad

Arturia has introduced iSPARK, an app for iPad that brings the power of SPARK 2 to the mobile world. Best of all, iSPARK's user interface is designed to emulate Arturia's SPARKle compact rhythm controller, and you... Read more »

Cool Tool: Ansmann Work Light

Shed a little light on the subject! There's nothing worse than trying to set up on a dark stage or fiddling around in the dark inside or behind a rack loaded full of equipment. Sure, many smartphones have a... Read more »

Disc Makers Guide to Marketing for Musicians

Our friends at Disc Makers have published another free guide: The Complete Marketing Process for Musicians: Creating and Executing a Music Marketing Plan. It's no secret that you'll never build a fan base or get... Read more »

President’s Day Sale — Save Up to 72%!

Looking for a great deal? You'll definitely find amazing deals at Sweetwater's 2016 President's Day Sale! You could save up to 72% off of regular prices on select items, now through February 16, 2016. Check out some... Read more »

Get iZotope DDLY Free — Limited-time Offer

Free never sounded so good! Get iZotope's new DDLY Dynamic Delay Plug-in absolutely FREE from Sweetwater, no strings attached! Limited-time offer good through March 9, 2016. The DDLY is designed to let you create... Read more »

Maurice White Passes

Maurice White, founder, songwriter, producer, and co-lead singer for Earth, Wind & Fire, has passed away. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1941, Maurice formed his first band with Booker T Jones as a child. In his... Read more »

iZotope Turns 15, Offers Free Vinyl

Our friends at iZotope are celebrating their 15th birthday! To celebrate, the company is giving you a gift: a free copy of Vinyl. iZotope is reissuing Vinyl, which was their very first plug-in, as a free download... Read more »

Dix Trips Visits Sweetwater!

Our good friend, the award-winning producer/director, Nigel Dick (music videos for Britney Spears, Nickelback, Breaking Benjamin, Guns N' Roses, Oasis, Def Leppard, Tears For Fears, and hundreds more, as well as... Read more »

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 201 Modular Synthesizer Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da_MfGqKeBc Richard Nicol from Pittsburgh Modular presents the Lifeforms System 201 pre-configured modular synthesizer. Easily one of the most playable Eurorack synth rigs to hit the... Read more »