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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 »

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 »

Audiofile Calc App Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mWL5qbzxC4 Mitch Gallagher presents the Audiofile Calc app in this episode of Sweetwater's iOS Update. This "audio calculator" makes it easy to make common calculations for music... Read more »

8 Ways to Put Your iPad to Work Onstage

The iPad has been a revelation for many users, myself included. I remember when Apple came out with the first iPads. I looked at one and thought, why would I want that - I have a laptop? Fast-forward to today, and I... 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 »

Cool Tool: Ansmann Work Light

Shed a little light on the subject! There's nothing worse than trying to set up on a dark stage or fiddling around in the dark inside or behind a rack loaded full of equipment. Sure, many smartphones have a... Read more »

TC-Helicon Voice Rack FX App Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1lXYliB0Q0 Mitch Gallagher presents TC-Helicon's Voice Rack FX app, a vocal effects processor with over 50 types of effects. After the video, click the link below for more on Voice... Read more »

Disc Makers Guide to Marketing for Musicians

Our friends at Disc Makers have published another free guide: The Complete Marketing Process for Musicians: Creating and Executing a Music Marketing Plan. It's no secret that you'll never build a fan base or get... Read more »

President’s Day Sale — Save Up to 72%!

Looking for a great deal? You'll definitely find amazing deals at Sweetwater's 2016 President's Day Sale! You could save up to 72% off of regular prices on select items, now through February 16, 2016. Check out some... Read more »

Get iZotope DDLY Free — Limited-time Offer

Free never sounded so good! Get iZotope's new DDLY Dynamic Delay Plug-in absolutely FREE from Sweetwater, no strings attached! Limited-time offer good through March 9, 2016. The DDLY is designed to let you create... Read more »

Apple Music Memos App Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc_KN5dmsSE Mitch Gallagher presents the Music Memos app from Apple. This handy recorder app makes it easy to capture song ideas when you're inspired. After the video, click the link... Read more »

Maurice White Passes

Maurice White, founder, songwriter, producer, and co-lead singer for Earth, Wind & Fire, has passed away. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1941, Maurice formed his first band with Booker T Jones as a child. In his... Read more »

Dix Trips Visits Sweetwater!

Our good friend, the award-winning producer/director, Nigel Dick (music videos for Britney Spears, Nickelback, Breaking Benjamin, Guns N' Roses, Oasis, Def Leppard, Tears For Fears, and hundreds more, as well as... Read more »

How to Create Pitch Effects Using Filters

Some of the most engaging, energetic synth lines consist of short, pulsing notes that at first listen, sound as if they're changing pitch. But when you listen analytically, you'll hear that, in fact, the fundamental... Read more »

Rose L. Shure Passes

Rose L. Shure, chairman of Shure Inc., passed away on January 25. Shure Inc. was founded by Mrs. Shure's husband, Sidney N. Shure, in 1925, and she had been an integral part of the success of the company for more... Read more »

TEC Award Winners Announced

On January 23rd, at the Winter NAMM trade show in Anaheim California, the winners in the 31st Annual NAMM TEC Awards were announced. Comedian Sinbad hosted the show, which presented awards in 31 technical and... Read more »

Give Your Sequences “Feel” with Groove Extraction

The days of sequenced MIDI parts sounding robotic are over. (Unless you want your MIDI tracks to sound robotic, of course. There's nothing wrong with that!) There are lots of parameters and features in most... Read more »

Sweetwater’s Massive Winter NAMM 2016 Report!

Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) is the biggest trade show of the year for the musical instrument and pro audio industry. Each January, manufacturers, retailers, and the press gather in Anaheim... Read more »

Specs Only Tell Part of the Story

It's tempting to shop by comparing specifications. After all, better gear always has better specs, right? Specs can be tremendously informative and useful when making gear decisions. But specs aren't everything... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2016 Preview

It's less than a week until the doors open on the most important trade show in the musical instrument and pro audio industry, Winter NAMM! Held in Anaheim, California, Winter NAMM brings together manufacturers... Read more »

iOS Music Apps Resource

Q: Mitch Gallagher does great reviews of iOS apps in his iOS Update videos. Is there any place where I can see a list of the apps that he has reviewed? A: We're glad that you enjoy our Sweetwater iOS Update videos!... Read more »

Eagles’ Glenn Frey dead at age 67

Eagles vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Glenn Frey passed away today in New York City from complications related to rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He had been ill for several weeks... Read more »

ROLI Noise 5D Synthesizer App Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21dXXoMpJ8Y Mitch Gallagher presents the ROLI Noise 5D synthesizer app. With a control interface similar to ROLI's SeaBoard series of unique keyboard controllers, Noise 5D allows for... Read more »

How to Preserve Human Feel by Quantizing Sections of Tracks

Quantization is an amazing timing tool that can help you save a performance that's generally great, but might have a few problem areas where there are noticeable timing discrepancies. When you have a track like... Read more »