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Remembering Chris Cornell

In September 1989, I was in LA as a panelist at the sold-out Concrete Foundations Forum — an annual event and the world's first exclusively heavy metal industry convention. On the evening of September 23, one of the... Read more »

TAMA SLP Classic Dry Aluminum Snare Drum Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents the TAMA SLP Classic Dry Aluminum snare drum. With its 1.2mm aluminum shell and pronounced center bead, the LAL1455 is a clear nod to some of history's most sought-after snare drums. The... Read more »

TAMA SLP Fat Spruce Snare Drum Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents the TAMA SLP Fat Spruce snare drum. In a class of its own, the TAMA SLP Fat Spruce Snare Drum features an 8-ply, 7mm spruce shell with a beautiful wood grain finish, eight brass tube lugs... Read more »

Free Stem Mastering Seminar with Mike Wells

Dangerous Music and Sweetwater are proud to present a unique opportunity to learn stem mastering from a pro! The event will be streaming live on May 13, 2017, at 2pm EDT, free of charge. (A free Puremix membership... Read more »

How Many Takes Should I Record?

As many as you need, and no more. In all seriousness, modern DAWs let you record as many takes of the same part as you want, but there definitely is a point of diminishing returns. First, unless you are purely... Read more »

Best Drum Mic Kits

Whether in the studio or onstage, an acoustic drum kit is one of the most challenging instruments to mic up well. An acoustic drum kit fills the entire sonic spectrum, and it's challenging to deal with extremely... Read more »

5 Questions with Peter Erskine

Here at Sweetwater, we have the good fortune of having many of the world's leading musicians stop by for a visit, or in the case of drummer/educator extraordinaire, Peter Erskine, booking time to record an album in... Read more »

Rein in the Reverb

Reverb is an integral part of near every finished recording. It creates space in the mix, and ambience and body for individual instruments. For some types of sound design, a huge, cavernous reverb is an integral... Read more »

Nir Zidkyahu Interview

Nick D'Virgilio is joined by world-renowned drummer Nir Zidkyahu for this special interview. He talks with Nick about his jazz roots, recording with John Mayer on Room For Squares, and why he uses Sonor drums. Shop... Read more »

Powered Mixer, Powered Speaker, or Power Amp?

Q: I see powered mixers, powered speakers, and power amps for PAs. I'm a bit confused which do I need? Does everything need to be powered? A: What we're referring to here is an amplifier for driving PA speakers... Read more »

Mapex Saturn V MH Exotic 4-piece Shell Pack Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents the Mapex Saturn V MH Exotic 4-piece shell pack. With its SONIClear bearing edges and tone-enhancing tom hardware, there's no question about it: the Mapex Saturn V is the best Saturn shell... Read more »

Vocalists: Bring Your Own Mic to the Gig

As a vocalist singing with bands (and that includes instrumentalists who sing backups as well as lead singers), it's possible to get by without owning your own vocal microphone. Often the person in the band who owns... Read more »

Peace of Mind: Uninterruptable Power Supply

Many people use an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) battery back-up power unit for their computer — basically a UPS is a battery that provides power when the AC from the wall is cut. With a UPS there's... Read more »

Meinl Cajon Drumset Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents Meinl's complete Cajon Drumset. Perfect for studio recording, small stages and acoustic performances, this cool percussion package combines a gorgeous Meinl cajon with a kick pedal, hi-hat... Read more »

Live Monitoring 102: How to Use In-ear Monitors (Continued)

This is a continuation of the first video, Live Monitoring 101: How to Use In-ear Monitors, which you can view here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKU9LbMOV20 Being able to hear yourself is critical for a great... Read more »

Vinnie Colaiuta Interviewed by Sweetwater

Nick D'Virgilio interviews master drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Jing Chi). Along with guitarist Robben Ford and bassist Jimmy Haslip, Colaiuta was visiting Sweetwater Studios to record their latest album. Vinnie talks... Read more »

Get Your Free Copy of Band:Smart

Want to know everything about everything related to bands and making it in the music business? Then you must check out Martin Atkins' acclaimed Band:Smart book — and we've got it for you completely FREE of... Read more »

TAMA Starclassic Maple Exotix Shell Pack Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents the TAMA Starclassic Maple Exotix shell pack. TAMA's Starclassics once ruled the world. Today, TAMA is transforming these former hard rock staples into a timeless classic: the Starclassic... Read more »

Mapex Black Panther Artist Series Snare Drums Demo

Russ Miller presents the Mapex Black Panther Artist Series of snare drums. Mapex worked long hours with multi-platinum recording artist Russ Miller, as well as renowned drummers Matt Halpern and Chris Adler, to... Read more »

Multitrack Drum Recording with the Universal Audio Apollo 8p

Nick D'Virgilio shares some tips and techniques for multitrack recording with Universal Audio's Apollo 8p audio interface. Loaded with cutting-edge digital conversion and eight Unison-equipped preamps and UAD-2 QUAD... Read more »

Mapex Black Panther Design Lab Series Snare Drum Demo

Russ Miller presents the Mapex Black Panther Design Lab series of snare drums. Mapex Black Panther Design Lab snares are engineered with Mapex's Concept Hybrid approach to sound design, shell composition, and drum... Read more »

TAMA Superstar Classic 7-piece Shell Pack Review

Nick D'Virgilio presents the TAMA Superstar Classic shell pack with Tangerine Lacquer Burst finish. TAMA's signature thin 100% maple shells endow the Superstar Classic with bold, rich tones to awaken your grooves... Read more »

Sib Hashian — Remembering the Drummer That Wasn’t

With the passing of drummer John Thomas "Sib" Hashian this week, rock 'n' roll fans are remembering Sib as the rhythmic force behind one of the most influential bands of the '70s — Boston. But before the fame and... Read more »

New CITES Regulation Impacts International Import/Export of Rosewood Instruments

On January 2nd, 2017, a new regulation came into effect that requires official documentation — and in a lot of cases, fees — when shipping rosewood (and certain types of bubinga, too) in or out of the country. Why... Read more »