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Zildjian K Custom Special Dry Cymbals Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents Zildjian's K Custom Special Dry series of cymbals. The K Custom Series is where the Zildjian Sound Lab went into innovation overdrive. K Customs arm you with a collection of modern K voices... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates DrumCore to v4.1.0

Sonoma Wire Works has released DrumCore v4.1.0. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the update features seven dedicated stereo auxiliary outputs for busing sub-mix channels within a session. The full drum mix is... Read more »

Mapex Armory Exotic 5-piece Shell Pack Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents the Mapex Armory Exotic 5-piece shell pack. When you're battling multiple guitars for a place in the mix, not just any drum kit will do. The Mapex Armory shell pack cuts through today's... Read more »

Drum Mic Shootout with Mike Johnston of MikesLessons.com

Mike Johnston of mikeslessons.com demonstrates the dual Audio-Technica 5045 drum microphone setup that he uses for his online lessons and shows some alternate setups ranging in price from $200 to $4500. Take a... Read more »

ATV aFrame Electroorganic Frame Drum Demo

Mike Snyder from ATV presents the aFrame Electroorganic frame drum. It's rare to encounter a percussion instrument that feels as fresh as the ATV aFrame. Its approach resembles that of a traditional frame drum — a... Read more »

Disc Makers Releases Free Home Studio Handbook

Our friends at Disc Makers have published their latest free guide: The Home Studio Handbook! Aimed at anyone interesting in home recording, this guide provides information on everything you need to know about... Read more »

Editors’ Picks: Coolest New Gear of 2017… So Far

Here at Sweetwater we constantly scan the horizon looking for new and innovative products or vintage products come back to life. We look for awesome new gear that excites us — gear that we know our customers... Read more »

How Many Channels Does A Rehearsal PA System Need?

Q: I'm starting a new band, and we're going to need a PA for rehearsals. But how do I know how big of a PA I need? A: Few things are as exciting as getting a band together, finding a rehearsal space, and beginning... Read more »

4 Ways to Get a Phat Snare Sound

Nick D'Virgilio shares four tips on creating a bigger snare sound. Nick has selected four DW snare drums for this demonstration, but these tips will apply to a wide range of snare drums. After the video, learn more... Read more »

Pro Tips for Enhancing Your Drum Sound

If you want to make a living at being a drummer, then you should know that there are a lot of things you can do that will help bring in more work. Having the right attitude, always showing up to the session or gig... Read more »

How to Record Multitrack Audio via USB with the Roland TD-50 Drum Module

Nick D'Virgilio shows how to record multitrack audio via USB with the Roland TD-50 electronic drum module. The Roland TD-50 sound module includes all-new kit sounds to inspire your best grooves and performances... Read more »

Roland TD-50KV Electronic Drum Set Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents the Roland TD-50KV electronic drum set. The Roland TD-50 sound module includes all-new kit sounds to inspire your best grooves and performances. Drums and cymbals are presented in stunning... Read more »

DW Collector’s Exotic Stradavarius 45th Anniversary Shell Pack at Winter NAMM 2017

Sweetwater stops by the DW booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the Collector's Exotic Stradavarius 45th Anniversary shell pack. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017 trade... Read more »

Sweetwater’s Winter NAMM 2017 Report

The annual Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show in Anaheim, California is here — and Sweetwater is on the scene! Check out our comprehensive online trade show report here at... Read more »

Aquarian Reflector Series Drumhead Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents the Reflector Series from Aquarian Drumheads. Aquarian is a company that listens to its artists' needs. So when Eric Moore (Sly & the Family Stone, Suicidal Tendencies) requested a head... Read more »

Meinl Pure Alloy Cymbals Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents Meinl Pure Alloy cymbals. When you're a company as radical as Meinl Cymbals, a push toward the traditional can be a refreshing twist. So it is with the Pure Alloy series. These cymbals look... Read more »

Coming Soon: NAMM 2017

The annual Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show in Anaheim, California, will open its doors at 10am PST on Thursday, January 19 — and Sweetwater will be there! Tune in at 10 to view... Read more »

Drum Lesson: Linear Triplet Fills with Mike Johnston of MikesLessons.com

Join Mike Johnston of MikesLessons.com for a quick lesson on linear triplet fills, and how to incorporate them into your playing. Check out more lessons from Mike Johnston here: https://www.MikesLessons.com Check... Read more »

Surgical EQ vs. Tone Shaping EQ

Sometimes a precision, "surgical" EQ cut or boost is exactly what a track or channel needs to accentuate or remove a trouble frequency or to control feedback or resonances. But other times, a wider bandwidth EQ... Read more »

Disc Makers offers Music Release 101 Course

Looking to release your own music to your fans? Like to maybe sell some copies or get some notice? Then you need this new FREE 5-day e-mail course from our friends at Disc Makers! Just sign up — did we mention... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2017 Sneak Preview!

The big annual Winter NAMM trade show is just around the corner, and we're expecting an amazing array of new product introductions at this year's show! But why wait until the show opens to start learning about... Read more »

Dueling Drummers: Nick D’Virgilio and Mike Johnston of MikesLessons.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgus-9_jNz0 Find out what happens when two world class drummers join forces in the Sweetwater Performance Theatre. Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio is joined by Mike Johnston of... Read more »

Mitch Gallagher’s Top Pro Audio & Music Gear Picks of 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PcfpDnNIes Join Mitch Gallagher as he looks back at some of the great music gear and audio equipment from 2016. These are just a few of the most notable new products of 2016 - enjoy... Read more »

5 Ways To Improve Your Percussion Tracks

Every studio should have a bag of percussion toys somewhere around. That bag may only contain a tambourine and an egg shaker, or it may hold everything from bongos, triangles and rainsticks to finger cymbals and... Read more »