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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 »

Make Sure Snare Mic Is In Phase With Overhead Tracks

Sometimes, you just can't seem to get your snare recordings to sound punchy. You do all the right processing in your DAW — compress the snare, EQ it to be snappy, but it still sounds lackluster. What you may... Read more »

DW Collector’s Series Jazz Exotic Shell Pack Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3g5PZzj9GU Nick D'Virgilio presents the DW Collector's Series Jazz Exotic Shell Pack. Collector's Series drums boast exceptional craftsmanship, giving you a shell pack that sounds... Read more »

Stone Custom Drum Company Niles Maple/Poplar 3-piece Shell Pack Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYZ0V1NBt7I Nick D'Virgilio presents the Stone Custom Drum Company Niles shell pack. This shell pack has the heart and soul of a late-1970s Slingerland drum kit. In fact, it's a dead... Read more »

How Do I Know If My Studio Needs Acoustic Treatment?

There are a few simple answers to this question: 1. If it's a room, then it needs acoustic treatment. Not to be flippant, but unless it's already treated, you can assume that pretty much any room being used as a... Read more »

Don’t Skimp On Interface Quality

It's fun to spend most of your budget on "sexy" pieces of gear — guitars, synths, amps, pedals, and so on; basically, the items that you can use directly to make sound and look awesome doing it! But don't... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools 12.7

We posted a teaser back on December 8 about the upcoming release of the next version of Pro Tools, and now the release date is here! Avid has unveiled Pro Tools 12.7, which includes a variety of new features... Read more »

PreSonus Releases Notion 6.1

PreSonus has updated Notion, their notation software application, to version 6.1. In addition to dozens of bug fixes, the new update includes: New keyboard workflowsEnter notes and chords with QWERTY keyboard in... Read more »

Can I Use Unbalanced Cables with Balanced Equipment?

You can — with some caveats. The advantage of using balanced cables to connect between balanced outputs and balanced inputs is that balanced connections have better noise rejection, thanks to a second... Read more »

Latin Percussion Matador Stave Cajons Reviewed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87ac3Ph8osk Nick D'Virgilio presents two cajons by Latin Percussion: the Matador Quinto Cajon, and the Matador Tumba Cajon. LP's proud tradition in conga making extends to its LP... Read more »

Gretsch Drums Brooklyn 4-Piece Shell Pack Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgyzni6qFTA Nick D'Virgilio presents the Gretsch Drums Brooklyn four-piece shell pack. The Gretsch Brooklyn 4-piece Shell Pack boasts vintage tone that can only be described as warm... Read more »

The Journey of a Pearl Music City Custom Drum Kit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8rSBFOCDjA Join Nick D'Virgilio as he heads down to the Pearl factory in Nashville to witness the birth of a Music City Custom drum kit. You'll get to see how the kit is built, then... Read more »

Gotta Gig? Bring Backups!

Yes, backing up your computer data is vital. But this article is about another kind of backup: redundant gear, so that if something goes wrong, you're not out of commission. Today's gear is undeniably solid and... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Songwriters on Songwriting Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released another essential guide to make music: Songwriters on Songwriting — and like all of their other guides, this one is completely free! In Songwriters on Songwriting, a... Read more »

Pearl Ash Cajon and Eco Acoustic Cajon Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTbEVlZ0cCY Nick D'Virgilio presents two cool cajons from Pearl: the Ash Cajon and the Eco-Acoustic Cajon. Ash is a light and resonant wood that, as the resonator of the Pearl Ash... Read more »

WFL III Limited Edition Aluminum and Limited Edition Maple Snare Drums Reviewed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lUIMHjMGQs Nick D'Virgilio presents two Limited Edition drums from WFL III. Ludwig has over a century in the drum making biz. And today, Bill Ludwig III is bringing the spirit of... Read more »

Black Friday is Here!

Looking for the best deals ever? Then welcome to Black Friday at Sweetwater! Today, you'll find the gear you want at up to 80% off. Whether you're shopping for a gift for the musician, engineer, or producer in your... Read more »