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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 »

Pearl Music City Custom Reference Pure Double-bass Shell Pack Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7HvTszuebc Hey drummers, check out this Pearl Music City Custom Reference Pure shell pack! Pearl voiced every drum in its lightweight Reference Pure shell pack with a custom blend of... 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 »

6 Ways to Overcome Drum Volume by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TlGnzDHxUk Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio presents six great tips for managing the volume of your drum kit. Whether you're playing live on a crowded stage, or in a studio recording... Read more »

Roland TD-30KSE Electronic Drum Set Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsQuIOcMCJg Hey drummers, check out the TD-30KSE electronic drum kit from Roland! This Sweetwater Exclusive version of the TD-30K features an upgraded VH-13-MG hi-hat and a PD128S... Read more »

Take Your Drum Sound with You – Carrying Your Own Mics

Drummers don't have it easy. We chose to play a big, bulky instrument, and we love it. Most of us work hard at finessing "our sound" just like our melodic instrument counterparts. Keyboard players, guitarists, bass... Read more »

Adding Triggers to your Drum Kit

Do you make elaborate sounding records that take the sounds of your drum kit to many different places? Do you want to play those songs live and have them sound the same as your records? Do you want your drums to... Read more »

On Being the Singing Drummer

If you play drums and you also sing, then you are definitely more desirable and ready for more playing, and paying, opportunities than single-skilled musicians. There are more drummers singing from behind the kit... Read more »

Sabian XSR Series Cymbals Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3ENqKfys8M Bob Rupp and Doug Webber from Sabian present the XSR Series of cymbals. For the XSR Series, Sabian has leveraged the latest cymbal-making technology and drawn on many of... Read more »

Roland EC-10 El Cajon Electronic Cajon Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTCim1oik6I Hey drummers, check out the EC-10 El Cajon, an electronic cajon from Roland! In addition to top-notch acoustic sounds, the EC-10 EL Cajon is packed with 30 electronic kits... 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 »

Use Multiple Mics for More Mix Options

While it's easily possible to capture great sounds using a single microphone or a stereo pair of mics, if you read interviews with audio engineers, you know that they'll very often use multiple microphones to record... Read more »

Tama Starclassic Performer B/B Shell Pack Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XbwSh_7_uI Hey drummers, today I'm trying out the Tama Starclassic Performer B/B Shell Pack. Each of the four shells included in this kit features hybrid birch and bubinga, a... Read more »

Tama S.L.P. Series Figured Maple Snare Drum Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FI9xnmgjKw Hey drummers, take a listen to this Tama S.L.P. Series snare drum! Balancing vintage tone with modern construction methods, the TAMA S.L.P. Vintage Poplar Maple snare drum... Read more »

Tama Starclassic Performer B/B Shell Pack Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_uhZ9WL4qQ Hey drummers, today I'm playing the Starclassic Performer B/B 4-piece shell pack from Tama. The shells included in this kit feature hybrid birch and bubinga shells, 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 »

Pearl Music City Custom Drum Kit Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_vBatmeu0M Pat Saunders from Pearl presents the Music City Custom series of acoustic drum kits, with help from Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio. The custom blend of maple and African... Read more »

How to Use Slapback Delay as Tone Thickener

Delay is a popular effect, usually used to create an effect with repeating echoes or to add a sense of space to a track or sound. But short slapback delays can also be used to "thicken up" a sound. Try adding a... 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 »

DW Collector’s Series Pure Oak 5-piece Shell Pack Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_vVU7twpDQ Hey drummers, check out the DW Collector's Series Pure Oak 5-piece shell pack! Collector's Exotic Series drums boast exceptional craftsmanship, giving you a shell pack... 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 »

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 »