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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 »

Waves introduces Element 2.0

Waves' Element virtual analog polyphonic synthesizer offers dual oscillators with sync, four LFOs, and an extensive modulation matrix; built-in effects including chorus, delay, reverb, distortion, bit crusher, and... Read more »

Buy MASCHINE, Get 7 Free Expansions

Native Instruments is offering a smoking deal to purchasers of MASCHINE (black or white), MASCHINE STUDIO (black or white), or MASCHINE MIKRO (black or white) through January 4, 2016: purchase one of these MASCHINE... Read more »

Avid Announces Pro Tools 12.4

Avid has announced the latest version of Pro Tools, v12.4 will be available in late December, 2015. The new version adds Track Freeze, which joins Commit and Track Bounce as methods for reclaiming CPU power during... Read more »

Akai Professional MPC Touch Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWVBYBtcy1Y Rich Curtis from Akai presents the MPC Touch. Equipped with classic MPC pads, essential hands-on controls, and an amazing 7" multi-touchscreen, MPC Touch lets you get your... Read more »

7 Gifts That Will Fit in a Stocking

It's that time of year — gift-giving season is upon us! (And don't forget, gift season also means gift receiving!) Don't procrastinate, get your wish list ready now for your friends and family. If you need... Read more »

6 Essential Home Studio Building Blocks

A home studio may be the ultimate facilitator of creative freedom for a musician. Where else can you create, totally unfettered by the clock, free to experiment for as long as you like? That's something you'd... Read more »

Novation Circuit Synthesizer/Sequencer Workstation Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlys6Jvxolw Mitch Gallagher gives an overview of the Novation Circuit, a 2-part synth and 4-part drum machine with built-in sequencing. This standalone groove box, with its onboard... Read more »

Income Tax Planning for Musicians

If you're in the business of creating, performing, or recording music, there are steps you can take to make the most of your year-end gear purchases and potential tax deductions. But you need to wrap these up by... Read more »

Cubase Pro 8.5 and Cubase Artist 8.5 are Here!

Steinberg has released the latest version of Cubase Pro and Cubase Artist, version 8.5! Perhaps the biggest news is VST Transit, a cloud collaboration system that allows musicians around the globe to easily work... Read more »