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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 »

Best Drum Sets Under $1000

Many drummers (or even the parents of future drummers) don't realize that it's possible to get a respectable kit, with name-brand cymbals and hardware, for under a grand. While it may have been unthinkable a decade... 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 »

Happy Thanksgiving

From all of us here at Sweetwater and inSync, best wishes for a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

How to Prepare for an Outdoor Gig

You already know that an outdoor gig has no walls or ceiling. The main effect that walls have is that they contain the soundwaves you project. Without walls, you may find that your amps don't project nearly as far... Read more »

Paiste 2002 Big Beat Cymbal Series Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpIEYKVxTsk Nick D'Virgilio presents the Paiste 2002 Big Beat series of cymbals. These cymbals are crafted from Paiste's 2002 bronze (CuSn8) for stage projection and specially... Read more »

The Importance of Your Workspace When Recording

No, this isn't a tip about applying feng shui to your studio. There's a lot out there on the acoustic properties of a good studio, but let's talk a bit about the ergonomic properties that will help you get the most... Read more »

Sennheiser HD 200 Pro Headphones

Sennheiser has expanded their popular HD Pro series of headphones with a new model, the HD 200 Pro. Designed to provide Sennheiser-quality audio at an affordable price, the HD 200 Pro features proprietary neodymium... Read more »

Rock ‘N’ Rolla Portable Turntables

Rock 'N' Rolla has introduced three new portable "briefcase" turntable models, the Junior, Premium, and XL. The Junior features three speeds and a USB port for converting your vinyl collection into digital files... Read more »

Drum Tips & Tricks With Kenny Aronoff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HKJYcOEEG8 Nick D'Virgilio joins world-renowned drummer Kenny Aronoff in Sweetwater's Performance Theater to share some wisdom. Best known for his work with John Cougar Mellencamp... Read more »