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Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize

In a move that has musicians and music lovers thrilled — but some writers and poets bristling — the Nobel Committee dramatically redefined boundaries between "high art" and commercial creative forms when... Read more »

Exploring Drum Throne Options by Sweetwater Sound

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar62DWphI2c Nick D'Virgilio shows you a variety of drum thrones, and explains why you may choose one style over others. After the video, click the links below for more info on the... Read more »

The Indie Artist’s Guide to Gigging

Our friends at Disc Makers have published yet another free guide! This one is aimed to help musicians looking to book shows, whether one-offs or full tours. The Indie Artist's Guide to Gigging — Strategies for... Read more »

PreSonus StudioLive 32

PreSonus has unveiled the new StudioLive 32, the 3rd generation of its acclaimed StudioLive series of digital mixers. It offers 32 channels with 32 fully recallable XMAX microphone preampifiers and 33... Read more »

Schlagwerk la Peru & Agile Dual Cajons Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEHr1UUvCKE Nick D'Virgilio presents two cajons from Schlagwerk, the La Peru cajon and the Agile Dual cajon. The appropriately named Schlagwerk Cajon la Peru has the kind of tone and... Read more »

DW Collector’s Lacquer Custom Purpleheart Shell Pack Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV21jyF-K60 Nick D'Virgilio presents the DW Collector's Lacquer Custom Purpleheart shell pack. This 7-piece shell pack exhibits excellent attack, projection, and sensitivity, and it's... Read more »

Tama Star Reserve Snare Demo with Peter Erskine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu3PpSe8iD4 World-famous jazz drummer and composer Peter Erskine presents the Tama Star Reserve snare drum. The solid, one-piece maple shell represents the best of TAMA's fine... Read more »

Sugar Percussion Solid Stave Alaskan Yellow Cedar Snare Drum Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPoPnG10lLo Nick D'Virgilio presents a premium, solid stave snare drum from Sugar Percussion. Alaskan yellow cedar is a soft tonewood used in acoustic guitar tops. Its natural... Read more »

Win Gear Used to Make David Crosby’s New Album!

Sweetwater and our friends at pureMix bring you an amazing gear giveaway, with five lucky winners! Sponsored by Avid, Focal, Lauten Audio, Dangerous Music, and Universal Audio, the giveaway is in celebration of the... Read more »

Sugar Percussion Eastern Black Cherry and Macassar Ebony Solid Stave Snare Drums

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJLgETOHsgw Nick D'Virgilio presents two premium, solid stave snare drums from Sugar Percussion. The Eastern Black Cherry shell's 6/11 density rating gives it punch, cut, and a... Read more »

Big Changes for Pro Tools!

At the IBC trade show, Avid announced major changes that will make Pro Tools more affordable, and allow users more flexibility in configuring their systems and integrating third-party interfaces. You can now... Read more »

Roland TD-50K Electronic Drum Kit Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2-JIASTN6I Mitch Gallagher visits Six01 studios in Burbank for Roland's 909 Day. In this video, Roland Product Specialist Jordan West presents the TD-50K electronic drum kit. On the... Read more »

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 »