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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 »

PreSonus Unveils Presence XT Editor and Studio One 3.2.2

PreSonus's Presence XT sample player, as found in the company's Studio One 3 DAW, is a powerful sample-based instrument offering tons of great sounds. Now Presence XT has been opened up for creative musicians... Read more »

Arturia Releases 6 New Instruments

The geniuses behind Arturia's line of virtual instruments have been hard at work! The company has announced not one, not two, not three...but six new instruments! Check these out! Synclavier V — an authentic... Read more »

Propellerhead Announces Upcoming Release of Reason 9

Propellerhead Software has announced the upcoming release of Reason 9, the latest version of the popular music creation software. A public beta for Reason 9 begins today, and the final software will be released on... Read more »

The Return of the Minimoog Model D

Moogfest, the annual celebration of the life and instruments of Bob Moog, is taking place this weekend in Durham, North Carolina, and Sweetwater is there in force! As the world's leading retailer in music... Read more »

Applied Acoustics Updates String Studio VS-2 to v2.0.3

Applied Acoustics has released an update to String Studio VS-2, their string modulator synthesizer. The new update includes the following bug fixes and enhancements: Fixed buffer overflow in old MIDI code that... Read more »

AIR Announces Air Instrument Expansion Pack 3

AIR has announced the latest version of their complete virtual instrument bundle, Air Instrument Expansion Pack 3. Like AIEP2 before it, AIEP3 is a complete collection of premium effects and instruments, all with... 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 »

Avid Releases Sibelius 8.3

Avid has announced the latest update to the Sibelius notation software, version 8.3. The new version includes more than 60 improvements, such as the ability to color any note — including the notes in chords... Read more »

Record Your Synth Through a Mic Preamp

With so many fantastic software synthesizers out there, one reason some people go with hardware synths is to capture some of that analog mojo. Lots of synthesizers sound great with their outputs plugged directly... 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 »

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 »

Moog Releases Sub 37 Editor

Moog has released a digital software editor companion for their Sub 37 Analog Synthesizer. The Sub 37 editor can operate stand alone on Mac or PC, or can run as a VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX plug-in. The editor... Read more »

Arturia Updates BeatStep Pro Firmware

Arturia has released a firmware update to their BeatStep Pro controller and sequencer. Firmware version 1.4.0 offers numerous fixes and features improved stability when following MIDI, DIN, or analog external... Read more »

Win Big with Dig My Rig

The MIDI Association (TMA) is a new "wing" of the MMA (MIDI Manufacturers' Association) that is helping to promote MIDI to the public. MIDI has become a huge deal of late, as it is a part of literally billions of... Read more »

Arturia Updates Keylab 88 Firmware

Arturia has released a firmware update for their Keylab 88 USB controller keyboard. Firmware version 1.4.0, which in addition to numerous stability fixes, features the ability to create a 5-point velocity curve... Read more »

How to Control CV-based Analog Synths with Your Computer

Analog synthesizers, and analog synth modules such as Eurorack modules, are becoming more popular than ever. These devices are manipulated via electrical control voltages (CV) rather than digital messages carried... 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 »

Native Instruments Maschine “TruTorials — Season 2” Arrives

Native Instruments has released "Season 2" of their instructive, fast-paced, short "TruTorials" for Maschine. The TruTorials are designed to get you creating fast — each 90-second episode focuses on one... 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 »