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Shure Releases the 50th Anniversary Edition SM58

The most popular handheld dynamic mic in the world is celebrating an anniversary! The Shure SM58 dynamic cardioid microphone turned 50 years old earlier this year, and now Shure has released the limited-edition 50th... Read more »

30+ New Roland/BOSS Products Announced at 909 Day

On September 9, 2016, at Six01 Studios in Burbank, California, Roland and BOSS hosted an all-day (and night) online gala event celebrating the release of more than 30 products, complete with product debuts and... Read more »

How to Create a “Mic Room” for Kick Drum Mics

Getting a clean kick drum sound is the Holy Grail of drum recording. Therefore, it's important to minimize bleed from other drums as much as possible. One trick is to isolate the kick drum mic with a "fort" made of... Read more »

10 Tips for Making a Great Record

There are lists, tips and suggestions for ways to improve your recordings. This list is for those who don't just want to make a record — they want to make a great record. 1. Develop your artistic vision, and commit... Read more »

Creative Recording: Mic Your Headphones!

Sometimes, getting that narrow-band, old-transistor-radio type tone is just what a song needs. Many EQ and filter plug-ins offer some kind of "telephone" setting, but if you want to have some fun getting that effect... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates DrumCore to v4.0.11

Sonoma Wire Works has released a bugfix update to their drum instrument, DrumCore 4. The new version, 4.0.11, fixes an incorrect sample rate issue in Sonar X3, a WAV file naming and default folder issue when... Read more »

PreSonus Releases Notion 6

The latest version of PreSonus' Notion notation and composition software for Mac and PC is now available. Among the new features in Notion 6 are tighter integration with PreSonus' Studio One DAW, ReWire MIDI... Read more »

How to Use Facebook to Promote Your Shows

CD Baby presents a free downloadable guide that will help you get the most out of Facebook to promote your events. Creating Effective Facebook Events: Fourteen rules to get more people to your shows is for anyone... Read more »

Gretsch Drums Marquee 5-piece Shell Pack Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cyt6Zh8yJI Nick D'Virgilio presents the Gretsch Drums Marquee five-piece shell pack. It delivers explosive tones thanks to a unique tonewood cocktail that combines North American... Read more »

Schlagwerk 2inOne Cajon Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqRUH_2v3Iw Nick D'Virgilio presents the Schlagwerk 2inOne series of cajons. The 2inOne is Schlagwerk's most popular cajon to date, and with good reason. The modular design and tight... Read more »

Pearl 3D Cajon & BassCase Cajon Travel Case Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL_bit6xWjE Nick D'Virgilio presents the Pearl 3D Cajon and Pearl's BassCase Cajon Travel Case. Pearl chose to place its internal wires higher on the 3D Cajon than on most, which lets... Read more »

Options for Tuning the Bottom Head Of Your Toms

If you tune the bottom head of your toms to the same pitch as the top head, you'll get a purer tone with more sustain. This is great for jazz, and songs or productions in which you want the toms to ring and linger... Read more »

How to Record Drums Video Series

If you're looking to up your game when recording drums, you need to check out this video series, put together by Mark Hornsby, Director of Sweetwater Studios, and featuring Nick D'Virgilio on drums. The videos... Read more »

What is True Stereo versus Pseudo-stereo?

In terms of effects and processors, there are a number of terms that can apply to the "stereo-ness" of the signal. Consider these definitions: True Stereo — The stereo signal consists of two related channels... Read more »

Evans Hydraulic Series Drumheads Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4icw0TYXgNc Nick D'Virgilio presents the Evans Hydraulic series drumheads. Evans Hydraulic Glass drumheads feature two plies sandwiching a thin layer of oil, giving these heads an... Read more »

DW Machined Chain Drive Bass Drum Pedal Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe8ciG4OTFo Nick D'Virgilio present the DW Machined Chain Drive Bass Drum Pedal. Machined from solid aluminum, the DW MCD Machined Chain Drive bass drum pedal offers you the smooth... Read more »

Zildjian A Avedis Cymbals Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb68ByFapI8 Nick D'Virgilio presents Zildjian's A Avedis series of cymbals. A Avedis series cymbals harken back to the Zildjians of the 1950s. Handcrafted in Zildjian's Norwell... Read more »

NI Announces KOMPLETE 11

Unleash your creativity! Native Instruments has announced version 11 of their awe-inspiring KOMPLETE suite of virtual instruments and effects. There are now three versions of KOMPLETE, allowing you to choose which... Read more »

How to Get a Great Overhead Sound with Telefunken Microphones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTzaWSnrFIc Mark Hornsby from Sweetwater Studios shares some tips on getting a great overhead recording using Telefunken microphones, with help from Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio. Mark... Read more »

How to Get a Great Hi-hat Sound with Telefunken Microphones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rfgp9cEvB4Q Mark Hornsby from Sweetwater Studios shares some tips on getting a great hi-hat recording using Telefunken microphones, with help from Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio. Mark... Read more »

Remo Crimplock Symmetry: Better Fitting Heads for Your Congas

Remo has come up with a way to account for the size variances in conga shells and counterhoops across manufacturers. It's called Crimplock Symmetry, and we at Sweetwater are really excited about it. Crimplock... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Vocalist’s Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians. Entitled The Vocalist's Guide to Recording, Rehearsing, and Performing: Care and Maintenance for Singers in Every Genre, this guide is... Read more »

How to Get a Great Tom Sound with Telefunken Microphones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AklSC2zMhZQ Mark Hornsby from Sweetwater Studios shares some tips and techniques for capturing excellent tom recordings with Telefunken mics (with help from Sweetwater's Nick... Read more »

How to Get a Great Snare Sound with Telefunken Microphones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwBtD-Z33Kg Mark Hornsby from Sweetwater Studios shares some tips on getting a great snare drum recording, using Telefunken microphones. Mark shows how the choice of microphone, the... Read more »