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Microphone Month 4

Drums News

Bill Ludwig III Interviewed at Sweetwater GearFest 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqJ6wsNLdD0 Nick D'Virgilio sits down with drum industry veteran Bill Ludwig III. Bill talks about his early experiences with drums, Ringo Starr, and what goes into a great set of... Read more »

The History of DW with John Good, by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaNd6NK7SzE Nick D'Virgilio joins master drum builder John Good, Vice President of DW, to learn about the history of the DW drum company. Since their initial 1972 start as a small... Read more »

Ludwig Keystone X Pro Beat Shell Pack Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRkdDnEy_z0 Nick D'Virgilio presents the Ludwig Keystone X Pro Beat shell pack. A great combination of mounted tom, floor tom, and bass drum shells for recording and live performance... Read more »

The Indie Artist’s Guide to Gigging

The latest FREE downloadable guide from our friends at Disc Makers is The Indie Artist's Guide to Gigging: Strategies for Booking, Promoting, and Thriving On Stage in Your Home Town and On the Road, a comprehensive... Read more »

Neil Peart’s R40 Retro Drums at Sweetwater GearFest 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv7UWpIbaQo Nick D'Virgilio talks with Lorne Wheaton, drum tech for Neil Peart, to talk about Neil's drums on display at GearFest 2016. Lorne was on hand all weekend long to answer... Read more »

How Often Should I Replace My Audio Cables?

Cables don't "wear out" in the same way that some components, such as vacuum tubes, do. In most cases, unless it is damaged or suffers wear from being coiled/uncoiled, stepped on, pulled, twisted, bent, or otherwise... Read more »

Happy 4th of July!

Best wishes from everyone at inSync and Sweetwater for a safe and enjoyable day celebrating the freedom of our nation!

Alex Van Halen’s Touring Kit at Sweetwater GearFest 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uih7ulBbl20 Nick D'Virgilio talks with John Douglas, drum tech for Alex Van Halen. Van Halen's drum kit was on display at Sweetwater's GearFest 2016 - join Nick as John walks us... Read more »

Scotty Moore Dies at 84

One of the founders of rock and roll, genre-defining guitarist, Scotty Moore, best known for his time as Elvis Presley's guitarist and first manager, passed away at his home yesterday. In addition to performing and... Read more »

Avid Releases Sibelius 8.4

Avid has just released Sibelius 8.4. In addition to numerous bug fixes and improvements, this update introduces a new Custom Staff Sizes feature. There are now four staff sizes for you to choose among, defined in... Read more »

Chad Wackerman Interview at Sweetwater GearFest 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe-pPagP0gs World-famous drummer Chad Wackerman sits down with Nick D'Virgilio for this interview at GearFest 2016. Chad deftly fuses the power of rock with the finesse of jazz. His... Read more »

How to Use Both Delay and Reverb During Mixdown

Delay and reverb are classic effects that you'll find yourself using in almost every mix, sometimes on different tracks, but often on the same track. There are no hard and fast rules as to how you must use these... Read more »

Harmony Central’s GearFest X-treme Show Report

Our friends at Harmony Central have posted an awesome report on their experiences at GearFest 2016 here at Sweetwater! The crew from HC arrived with the Harmony Central AirStream trailer in tow and set up a command... Read more »

Summer NAMM is Here!

The annual Summer NAMM trade show, held in Music City — Nashville, TN — opened its doors today and will run through Saturday, June 25. The Summer NAMM show is always a blast, with new product... Read more »

Breaking News: Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE v2.4.6 Hotfix

Native Instruments has released the following statement: "The MASCHINE 2.4.5 update uploaded to Service Center on Tuesday contains a critical issue that affects certain third-party plug-ins. A new version, 2.4.6... Read more »

New Products Announced at GearFest 2016

The 15th annual GearFest saw the announcement of many great new products — attendees at the show were the first in the world to see and get their hands on these new releases! From Arturia to sE Electronics to... Read more »

Make Music Day 2016

Join in a world-wide celebration of music on June 21! First launched in France in 1982, Make Music Day has grown into an international festival, with events in more than 700 cities in 120 countries! Anyone and... Read more »

GearFest Exclusive: the World’s First Commercially Available Synthesizer

Here's a hot tip on an amazing must-see at GearFest here at Sweetwater this weekend: see and hear a beautifully restored 1941 Hammond Novachord — widely considered the precursor to the modern synthesizer... Read more »

DW Performance Series Finish Ply Drums Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuzGpcSCZMc Nick D'Virgilio presents a custom configuration of DW Performance Series Finish Ply drums. Delivering unbelievable resonance and projection thanks to DW's proprietary HVX... Read more »

Interview with Bryan Hitt by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFonkiGKNVo Mitch Gallagher sits down with Bryan Hitt, drummer for REO Speedwagon. Before joining REO Speedwagon, Bryan Hitt has played with artists including Cher, Graham Nash, and... Read more »

5 Great Reasons to Attend GearFest 2016!

GearFest 2016 — our 15th annual FREE celebration of music and gear — takes place next Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, 2016, right here on the Sweetwater campus in Fort Wayne, IN! Here are five great... Read more »

GearFest App Now Available

The countdown is on: GearFest 2016 is just around the corner! This year's event is going to be the biggest and best ever. With so much to see and do, you're going to want to plan out your schedule — and now we've... Read more »

The Grand Design Deluxe Edition

If you have discovered Grand Designs — the incredible documentary about the music and career of iconic guitarist Carl Verheyen — then you know that Carl's new album, The Grand Design, is loaded with killer songs... Read more »

Toontrack Releases Product Manager

Need help managing all your libraries and software from Toontrack — keeping track of downloads, updates, etc.? Now it's easy with Product Manager a new free utility from Toontrack that keeps track of all your... Read more »