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Billboard Releases Top 2015 Money-makers List

Billboard magazine has released their list of the top money-making musicians/bands for 2015. It's an interesting list both from the obvious curiosity aspect about who's popular, etc., but even more so because... Read more »

6 Audio Units Plug-ins for iOS Reviewed by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6h8wYQtFc4 Mitch Gallagher presents six plug-ins that support the Audio Units format for iOS, using the Cubasis app running on his iPad. Audio Units support on iOS means you can use... Read more »

Branding for Musicians Workshop

Our friends at Disc Makers are hosting a free webinar on June 2 on a topic that is vital for all musicians: how to develop and promote a unique brand. Being successful in the music business as a musician is, of... Read more »

Wizdom Music Tachyon Synthesizer App Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTsxUtJAy9M Mitch Gallagher presents the Tachyon synthesizer app by Wizdom Music. After the video, click the link below for more info on this and other music related apps at... Read more »

Music Icon Prince Passes

Prince Rogers Nelson, best known as simply "Prince," passed away suddenly April 21 at age 57. A native of Minnesota, Prince built a massive career based on his vision of music, production values, refusal to... Read more »

Nektar Introduces Impact GX49 and GX61 Controllers

The latest dynamic and expressive MIDI keyboard controllers from Nektar are the Impact GX49 and Impact GX61. Offering 49 keys and 61 keys respectively, the Impact GX keyboards feature pitch-bend and modulation... Read more »

iOS Inter Device Audio Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ouoavu55xdw Mitch Gallagher shows you how to route audio from your iOS device directly to your computer, without requiring an audio interface. After the video, click the link below to... Read more »

What is the Difference Between an Active and a Passive DI Box?

The most obvious difference is that passive DI boxes don't need to be powered. Active DI boxes require a power source, usually batteries or phantom power over an XLR jack. But the differences go deeper than that... Read more »

Wooji Juice Grain Science App Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr2r1Bi29z4 Mitch Gallagher presents the Wooji Juice Grain Science synthesizer app. It's a granular synthesizer app that's perfect for sound design, soundscapes, and ambient music... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Guide: Recording Live Music

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians: Recording Live Music: Expert Advice to Record Your Live Gigs. This downloadable guide will tell you everything you need to know to... Read more »

Musikmesse Is Here!

Musikmesse, the huge annual music and pro audio trade show held in Frankfurt, Germany, is here — and needless to say, there is loads of new gear on display! Be sure to check out our Musikmesse trade show... Read more »

Country Legend Merle Haggard Passes

Merle Haggard, iconic country music singer/songwriter/musician, passed away today. He was 79 years old. Haggard's family was from Checotah, Oklahoma, but had moved to Bakersfield, California. He was born not long... Read more »

Novation Blocs Wave App Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE8R83vLPwg Mitch Gallagher presents the Blocs Wave app by Novation, a unique loop-based music production app. You can record your own loops, import them from a library, or use the... Read more »

Sweetwater Joins Industry in Rallying Behind New Audio Format

Sweetwater Sound, the No. 1 online retailer of music instruments and pro audio equipment in the U.S., has announced that they are partnering with major professional audio gear manufacturers and industry-leading... Read more »

BlueTurn and iPad Virtual Keyboard

Q: I recently read your articles on use of the iPad. My question regards the use of bluetooth page turners. Using bluetooth page turners with a music app like ForScore disables the iPad's virtual keyboard, so you... 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 »

Dynamic App Design Transcribe+ App Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jgUmAJPm-U Mitch Gallagher presents the Transcribe+ app from Dynamic App Design. It's a great way to transcribe songs from your music library. Simply load your song and Transcribe+... 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: 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 »

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 »

IK Multimedia iRig BlueTurn Foot Controller Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z9AzqalfsY Mitch Gallagher presents the IK Multimedia iRig BlueTurn foot controller. Mobile devices are only as useful onstage as the gear that lets you access them, which makes IK... 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 »

Arturia iSpark App Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMpcNe6HpG4 Mitch Gallagher presents the iSpark drum machine app from Arturia. iSPARK's user interface is designed to emulate Arturia's SPARKle compact rhythm controller, and you can... Read more »