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Korg Kronos LS Synthesizer Review

Get the Korg Kronos LS here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/KronosLS Since its introduction, the Korg Kronos 88 has been the workstation of choice for A-list keyboardists such as Jordan Rudess, as well as... Read more »

Roland Unveils FA-07 and v2 FA-series Software Update

Roland's new FA-07 Music Workstation joins the FA-06 and FA-08 and adds a 76-key version to the seminal Music Workstation family — but Roland didn't stop there, the entire FA Music Workstation series of... Read more »

Roland Introduces SE-02 Analog Synthesizer

Today Roland announced a landmark new synthesizer, the SE-02, a new member of the popular Boutique Designer series of compact synths. The SE-02 is ground-breaking because it marks a collaboration with well-known... Read more »

How to Dial In a New Overdrive Pedal

There's nothing quite like the sound of an overdrive or boost pedal that you've dialed in perfectly to get the tone you hear in your head. Getting there, however, can require a lot of trial and error, and knowing... Read more »

Two New Plug-ins from Softube

Softube has introduced two exciting new products. First up, we have Tape, a sonically versatile, easy-to-use tape emulation plug-in. Tape offers three types of reel-to-reel tape machine emulations: a classic Swiss... Read more »

Distortion Pedal Shootout for Keyboards

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's connoisseur of keyboard chaos, painstakingly demos synth bass, synth arps, electric piano, and organ riffs through 20 different distortion and overdrive pedals. Daniel used the following... Read more »

Interview with St. Vincent

Her self-titled album won a 2015 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. Her music has been described as "bold and almost jarringly confident." In 2016, she worked with Ernie Ball to design a signature series of... Read more »

Synthogy Ivory II Studio Grands Piano Software Demo

Get Synthogy Ivory II Studio Grands software here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Ivory2SG-e Synthogy has brought to bear its extensive piano sampling expertise and technical inventiveness in a virtual... Read more »

Make Music Day 2017

#MakeMusicDay is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now on the summer solstice every year in more than 750 cities in 120 countries... Read more »

Free Chick Corea Electric Piano for Montage

Yamaha has a announced a big bonus for owners of the incredible Montage synthesizers: the Chick Corea Mark V Sample & Performance Library for MONTAGE. The library is available as a free download from Yamaha. In 1984... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases REAKTOR Blocks 1.3

Native Instruments has released a major update to REAKTOR Blocks. Version 1.3, first shown at the Superbooth show, introduces a new Blocks family, Kodiak. These five modules — two sequencers, one oscillator, a... Read more »

Re-creating Classic Rock Synth Sounds with Daniel Fisher

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's Classic Rock evangelist, walks you through the recreation of five iconic synth effects from the 1970s, using the new Novation PEAK Polyphonic Desktop Synthesizer. Daniel is controlling... Read more »

Yamaha Clavinova CLP-625 Digital Piano Review

The Yamaha Clavinova CLP-625 is an ideal digital piano for your home, giving you stunningly realistic playing feel and sound in a decor-friendly traditional package. With its Graded Hammer 3X keybed and synthetic... Read more »

Yamaha Clavinova CLP-635 Digital Piano Review

The Yamaha Clavinova CLP-635 wraps an authentic piano playing experience into a decor-friendly traditional package. A Graded Hammer GH3X keybed, synthetic ivory/ebony keytops, and escapement ensure that you'll... Read more »

Yamaha Clavinova CLP-645 Digital Piano Review

Thanks to its NWX (Natural Wood X) keyboard with synthetic ebony and ivory keytops and escapement, you'll enter a new world of realistic playability when you sit down in front of the Yamaha Clavinova CLP-645. And it... Read more »

A First Timer’s Guide to GearFest

GearFest 2017 has almost arrived (register here for FREE)! In a matter of weeks, more than 14,000 music fans will descend on the Sweetwater campus for two full days of workshops, performances, product demos — and of... Read more »

12 Father’s Day Gifts for Musicians

Ties and cologne are sock drawer fodder. Grilling tools? He's got every flipper, scraper, slicer, and nipper he'll ever need. Finding the perfect Father's Day gift can be hard — unless your dad is a musician. Then... Read more »

Sweetwater Interviews Michael League of Snarky Puppy

In the midst of a world tour, Michael League from Snarky Puppy took some time to visit Sweetwater and join Mitch Gallagher for this interview. Find out how a world tour is even possible with dozens of performers... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates KONTAKT to v5.6.8

Native Instruments has released KONTAKT 5.6.8, the latest update to their flagship sampler application. The update links the Add/Authorize Library buttons to Native Access, simplifying installation and... Read more »

Behringer Announces New DeepMind 6 and DeepMind 12D

The rumor mill began to churn as soon as Behringer released the fantastic DeepMind 12 synthesizer: "Behringer is already planning to roll out another synth, and this one is going to be amazing." Well, those rumors... Read more »

UVI Releases Falcon v1.3

UVI has updated Falcon, their creative hybrid virtual instrument, to version 1.3. In addition to miscellaneous bug fixes, the new version features: A new Rotary effect.Support for AnaMark tuning in the Micro... Read more »

Bob Moog’s Other Instrument

  Today is an unofficial holiday for synth lovers everywhere — it's Bob Moog's birthday. While Bob is no longer with us, the omnipresent Moog Synthesizer serves as a lasting tribute to his genius. But it's easy... Read more »

Eventide H9 Update Adds PitchFuzz

Eventide has updated the H9 Harmonizer Effects Processor with a new effect, PitchFuzz. PitchFuzz combines fuzz, three pitch shifters and two delays for an amazing range of tonal shapes. PitchFuzz is something new;... Read more »

Must-have Modules for Filling Your Empty Eurorack Synth Slots

When building your dream Eurorack system, you'll often find that you have empty spaces that are just begging to be filled. Sure, you could put blank panels into those gaps, but here are some slim (8HP or smaller)... Read more »