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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 »

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 »

Keith McMillen Instruments Introduces iOS Support for K-MIX

Keith McMillen Instruments continues to expand the capabilities of their recently released K-MIX 8-input, 10-output audio interface and programmable mixer by introducing iOS support in the latest firmware update... 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 »

Free Home Studio Handbook from Disc Makers

Our friends at Disc Makers have released another free must-have how to guide: The Home Studio Handbook! This guide provides information on everything you need to know about recording in your home. From building an... Read more »

Shure SM58 Celebrates 50!

Mic Month 2016 may be drawing to a close, but it's not too late for one final shout out: the Shure SM58 dynamic cardioid microphone turned 50 years old just a few weeks ago! Introduced in March of 1966 at the... Read more »

Sweetwater Hosts Worship Connect

The recent Worship Connect event at Sweetwater was a workshop designed to help worship leaders, techs, and musicians become better leaders and artists within their community. This was a unique opportunity to get... Read more »

Vox Releases Tone Room App for Android

Vox has added Android support to their Tone Room amp for USB-equipped Vox amplifiers, such as the VX II, VT20X, VT40X, and VT100X, and more. Tone Room allows for easier editing of your favorite amp models and... Read more »

Victor Wooten Rocks Sweetwater

Our good friend and bass player supreme Victor Wooten recently stopped by Sweetwater to shoot some videos on behalf of Hartke bass amps. While he was here, he treated the company to an impromptu jam session on our... Read more »

Next-generation Creation Station Music/Audio Computers Arrive!

Sweetwater has released the latest-generation of our Creation Station Windows PC computers — and the new machines are the state of the art for music creation and audio production! There are four models in the... Read more »

CME Xkey Air 37-key Bluetooth MIDI Controller Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PS6sWfYLrA Mitch Gallagher presents the CME Xkey Air, a 37-key Bluetooth MIDI controller keyboard. Compatible with a plethora of apps on your iOS device, the Xkey Air 37 adds a mere... Read more »

Pre-GearFest Amplified Workshops

Back by popular demand! Sweetwater's Amplified Workshops take place the day before GearFest officially starts — on June 16, right here on the Sweetwater campus. These paid workshops are taught by highly... Read more »

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 »