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Microphone Month 4

Guitar News

Mesa/Boogie Triple Crown Announced

Mesa/Boogie has unveiled one of their hardest rocking amps ever, the Triple Crown TC 50! A 50-watt, three-channel amp, the Triple Crown is designed to provide all the tonal firepower you need for any genre of rock... Read more »

Remembering Jimi Hendrix

It's November 27, the day the great Jimi Hendrix was born. Jimi grabbed the music world by the ear, gave it a good shake, and turned it upside down – literally. The impact Jimi left on rock 'n' roll, and music, can... 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 »

Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone Micro Pedal Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPB8h4fimKU Mitch Gallagher presents the Pigtronix Philosopher's Tone Micro compressor/sustainer pedal. The Philosopher's Tone Micro boasts a treble EQ knob, a blend control, and a... 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 »

Best Guitars for Kids

When it comes to instruments or gear for kids, it's tempting to run to the nearest toy warehouse and throw that $50 guitar in the cart on your way to the video game aisle. Don't do it. Toy-store quality instruments... Read more »

Kirk Hammett is Having a Great Day

It's November 18, and Kirk Hammett is having a great day. For one, today is his birthday. What's more, today marks the day that Metallica releases their long-awaited new triple album, Hardwired...to Self-Destruct... Read more »

PRS Announces 2017 Core and S2 Series Guitars

PRS Guitars has announced three new guitar models for 2017, expanding the "Core" lineup, as well as new pickups for the S2 series. All of PRS's "Core" models for 2017 (except for the DGT) will be enhanced with the... 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 »

Taylor T5z Acoustic-electric Guitar Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVNbbdVcFmU Rich Casciato from Taylor Guitars presents the T5z acoustic-electric guitar. The Taylor T5z Standard allows you to get fully acoustic sounds and fully electric sounds from... Read more »

What Software Ships with Positive Grid BIAS Amps?

The Positive Grid BIAS Head, BIAS Head Preamplifier, BIAS Rack, and BIAS Rack Preamplifier all ship with BIAS Amp Pro software for controlling the BIAS Head, managing presets, and crafting your own tones.

A Song for You

On November 13, 2016, the Tulsa Sound grew a little quieter with the passing of Leon Russell. From session musician to sideman to solo star, Leon devoted his life to the music that he loved. Leon Russell was born... Read more »

IK Multimedia iRig HD 2 Guitar Interface Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz-dCDfcjgM Mitch Gallagher presents the IK Multimedia iRig HD 2 guitar interface. The successor to IK Multimedia's popular iRig HD, the iRig HD 2 guitar interface demonstrates all... Read more »

Does the Positive Grid BIAS Amp Work with MIDI Controller Pedals?

Yes! All of the BIAS amps (Head and Rack, amp and preamp versions) are fully MIDI compatible. BIAS amps respond to both Preset Change and Continuous Control messages. There is no need to change banks via MIDI... Read more »

When to Use a Clean Boost Versus a Dirty Boost?

A clean boost pedal is designed to deliver uncolored, "transparent" gain, much like a microphone preamplifier. These are perfect for situations in which you want to hit the front end of your guitar amplifier harder... Read more »

EarthQuaker V2

EarthQuaker Devices has unleashed updated and improved versions of four of their best-selling pedals: Dispatch Master delay and reverb, Speaker Cranker overdrive, Acapulco Gold distortion, and Afterneath reverb. All... Read more »

Interview with Chris Martin from Martin Guitar Co.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcttsAx-wjM Mitch Gallagher is joined by Chris Martin, Chairman and CEO of C.F. Martin & Co. After the video, check out Martin guitars at Sweetwater here:... Read more »

Can You Use Guitar Pedals with the BIAS Amp?

The Positive Grid BIAS amp sounds great with analog or digital pedals (or both) either in front of the amp, or in the effects loop. This is true for all four versions of the BIAS Amp (powered head, preamp head... Read more »

Mission Engineering Guitar Cab for Kemper Profiling Head

Mission Engineering has introduced a brand-new unpowered 2x12 cabinet designed specifically for users of the Kemper Profiling Head — only available at Sweetwater! The KM-212P is available in green and black to... Read more »

Should I Adjust My Guitar’s Neck Myself?

Adjusting the relief on a guitar or bass neck is generally quite simple and safe to do. It's something we think every guitar or bass player should at least be familiar with doing, in case of an "emergency" when a... Read more »

Does the Power Amp of the Positive Grid BIAS Head Amp Need To Be Disabled During Silent Recording?

The power amp section of the Positive Grid BIAS Head Amp is always on. However, that's not a problem for silent recording. Unlike tube amps, which always need a speaker load attached, the BIAS Head Amp has a... Read more »