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Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE 2.6.1 Hotfix

Native Instruments has released the following statement: "Today we are releasing a hotfix for the MASCHINE 2.6 software update. We noticed an issue that prevents new users from accessing the library properly. While... Read more »

How to Add Dynamics to Your Songs

"Dynamics," as we're using the term here, means the difference in volume between the softest part of your song and the loudest. Dynamics give your song peaks and valleys. The quiet moments make the louder moments... Read more »

Pittsburg Modular Lifeforms Foundation Evo Synthesizer Demo

Perry Willig from Pittsburgh Modular presents the Lifeforms Foundation Evo modular analog synthesizer. With 15 Eurorack modules pre-loaded in a sturdy case, the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Foundation Evo is a... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases Kontakt 5 Update

Native Instruments has released an update to Kontakt 5. The new version 5.6.6, in addition to bug fixes, offers a return to full key coloring on the virtual keyboard, making switch placements and sound and sample... Read more »

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox Semi-modular Analog Synthesizer Demo

Perry Willig from Pittsburgh Modular presents the Lifeforms SV-1 Blackbox, a semi-modular Eurorack-format analog synthesizer. It delivers the full power of the Lifeforms SV-1 Synthesizer Eurorack module in a fully... Read more »

Disc Makers Releases Free Home Studio Handbook

Our friends at Disc Makers have published their latest free guide: The Home Studio Handbook! Aimed at anyone interesting in home recording, this guide provides information on everything you need to know about... Read more »

What Is Speaker Sensitivity?

Nearly every specification chart for a speaker you'll find will list that speaker's sensitivity in decibels. For the most part, sensitivity tells you how much sound pressure level (SPL) a speaker can produce from a... Read more »

Editors’ Picks: Coolest New Gear of 2017… So Far

Here at Sweetwater we constantly scan the horizon looking for new and innovative products or vintage products come back to life. We look for awesome new gear that excites us — gear that we know our customers... Read more »

How Many Channels Does A Rehearsal PA System Need?

Q: I'm starting a new band, and we're going to need a PA for rehearsals. But how do I know how big of a PA I need? A: Few things are as exciting as getting a band together, finding a rehearsal space, and beginning... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates SESSION GUITARIST – STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 1

Native Instruments has released an update to SESSION GUITARIST - STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 1 that adds some of the new features developed for STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 2. The new features in STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 1.1 include: Use the... Read more »

Behringer DeepMind 12 updates OS to v1.0.3

Behringer has released version 1.0.3 of the DeepMind 12 operating system. The new version adds Unison Voice Number as a modulation source. The new mod source provides a fixed value based on the selected polyphony... Read more »

Korg Releases KRONOS OS 3.0.4

Korg has updated the operating system of its flagship KRONOS series of workstations to version 3.0.4. In addition to various bug fixes, the new update includes: EXs Expansion Sample Series numbers greater than... Read more »

Propellerhead Releases Reason 9.2 Update

Propellerhead has just updated Reason to version 9.2. In addition to bug fixes, the main focus of this release is that it introduces Software Development Kit (SDK) 2.5 to developers, which features: User sample... Read more »

Roland RD-2000 Digital Piano at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the Roland booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the RD-2000 stage piano. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017 trade show here:... Read more »

Dave Smith Instruments REV2 & Pioneer DJ Toraiz AS-1 Synthesizers at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the Dave Smith Instruments booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the REV2 polyphonic analog synthesizer, as well as the Toraiz AS-1 synth by Pioneer DJ (developed with DSI technology)... Read more »

Sweetwater’s Winter NAMM 2017 Report

The annual Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show in Anaheim, California is here — and Sweetwater is on the scene! Check out our comprehensive online trade show report here at... Read more »

Coming Soon: NAMM 2017

The annual Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show in Anaheim, California, will open its doors at 10am PST on Thursday, January 19 — and Sweetwater will be there! Tune in at 10 to view... Read more »

Surgical EQ vs. Tone Shaping EQ

Sometimes a precision, "surgical" EQ cut or boost is exactly what a track or channel needs to accentuate or remove a trouble frequency or to control feedback or resonances. But other times, a wider bandwidth EQ... Read more »

Disc Makers offers Music Release 101 Course

Looking to release your own music to your fans? Like to maybe sell some copies or get some notice? Then you need this new FREE 5-day e-mail course from our friends at Disc Makers! Just sign up — did we mention... Read more »

The Full-size Odyssey We’ve Been Waiting For

Introduced at Winter NAMM 2015, the 86%-sized re-creation of the historic ARP Odyssey was an instant hit. Many vintage synth fans, however, were clamoring for a full-sized version of the legendary analog synth. The... Read more »

2017 Winter NAMM Rumors: CONFIRMED

Sure, the Holidays are nice, but every musician knows that the real winter magic happens at the annual NAMM Show. This is the music industry's largest platform for launching new, innovative tech and gear and before... Read more »

Hammond Novachord with Sweetwater’s Daniel Fisher

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm3RBAZChrQ Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's full-time synth fanatic, gives an in-depth tour of the Hammond Novachord, which is widely regarded as the father of the modern polyphonic... Read more »

Behringer DeepMind 12 Arpeggiator

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's soundware engineer, digs deeper into the Arpeggiator features of Behringer's DeepMind 12 True Analog 12-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer. For a 42-minute overview of the DeepMind 12 please... Read more »

Behringer DeepMind 12 Control Voltage and Pedal Inputs

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's mad scientist of synth, digs deeper into the basic Control Voltage and Pedal Inputs of Behringer's DeepMind 12 True Analog 12-Voice Polyphonic Synthesizer. External control of the... Read more »