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What’s a “Line Check”?

A "line check" is the process of making sure that all of the microphones, cables, and direct boxes on stage are working before the show or soundcheck starts. You can do this by having an associate with a cable... Read more »

Live Sound Tip: Don’t Forget the Drum Mat

Not every venue will have a drum mat or rug for the drums to be set up on. It may not seem like a vital piece of a kit compared to the hardware, drums, cymbals, and percussion, but that lowly mat can be the... Read more »

Playing Well with Others – Teamwork Onstage

When you're playing music onstage, communication and cooperation are essential. When everyone is playing tight and really listening to one another, the groove is infectious. You hear your part in the larger context... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools 12.5

Avid has released Pro Tools 12.5 and Pro Tools HD 12.5. The big news in this version is the arrival of Avid Cloud Collaboration, which brings to fruition the ongoing addition of new Pro Tools features, such as... Read more »

Cool Tool: Hand-held Recorder

In these days of computers, smartphones, and tablets, it's easier than ever to plug microphones into an audio interface or mixer, and send all the sources to your DAW of choice. But don't underestimate the value of... Read more »

Live Sound: Cable Organization

Nothing can ruin your set faster than tripping over cables — not only are cables a safety hazard for the performers, it's all too easy to pull over a piece of gear, break an input or output jack, or otherwise... Read more »

Tama S.L.P. Series Hammered Steel Snare Drum Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCDprwNg-rU In this video we're playing the Tama S.L.P. Series Hammered Steel snare drum. This 5.5" x 14" snare drum boasts a 1.2mm hammered steel shell, brass tube lugs, and... Read more »

Live Sound: Don’t Forget the Extension Cord

These days, nearly every musician needs power onstage — even vocalists need power for charging their iPads! Most musicians know that they should bring an extra power strip or two to the gig, just in case the... Read more »

Live Sound: Control Tom Rumble with Gates

If you're doing live sound for a loud band or in a larger venue, you'll likely find yourself needing to mic up the drums and send them through the PA. But as the volume goes up, you can start to have problems with... Read more »

Disc Makers Celebrates 70th with Giveaway

Our friends at Disc Makers are celebrating their 70th anniversary — and you could be a lucky winner! As part of the celebration, Disc Makers presents "Disc Makers Ultimate CD Wallet Bundle Prize Package,"... Read more »

Live Sound Month Continues at Sweetwater!

As part of Live Sound Month, the experienced sound-reinforcement engineers and performing artists at Sweetwater have prepared over 30 articles covering topics from speaker coverage and speaker delay to the best way... Read more »

Preventing Volume Wars

We admit it, we love to hear a cranked up guitar amp, a thunderous bass, and hammering drums — there's nothing like it! But volume can very easily get out of hand, leading to a volume war onstage. The... Read more »

What is a “Snake” and Do I Need One?

"Snake" is a generalized term for many cables all permanently bundled together in a tube or other binding. A snake is useful when you need to route a bunch of cables from one location to another — rather than... Read more »

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 »