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Keyboard News

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE 2.6.5

Native Instruments has updated MASCHINE to version 2.6.5. The update introduces Ideas View, a new layout that lets users build Scenes by mixing and matching patterns independent of the timeline. MASCHINE users can... Read more »

Arturia Releases V Collection 5.3 Update

Arturia has released an update for their V Collection. V Collection 5.3 includes a new Arturia Software Center app for quick and easy updating of all the virtual instruments in the collection with one click. The... Read more »

Remembering Chris Cornell

In September 1989, I was in LA as a panelist at the sold-out Concrete Foundations Forum — an annual event and the world's first exclusively heavy metal industry convention. On the evening of September 23, one of the... Read more »

Moog Announces Subsequent 37 CV

Moog unveiled the latest in their long line of super-cool synths at this year's Moogfest: Subsequent 37 CV. Based on the super-powerful Sub 37 Tribute Edition, Subsequent 37 CV ups the ante with new sounds, more... Read more »

Promotion in Motion: How GoPro Helped Scott Wilkie Take his Album to #1

In January of 2016, Sweetwater's Chuck Surack, invited jazz pianist Scott Wilkie and his band to tour the Sweetwater Campus, and suggested that the group check out Sweetwater Studios.     When they walked... Read more »

Synth Tricks: Creating Synth Sounds from Scratch

One of the many joys of working at Sweetwater is the deep connection we have with the manufacturers and distributors of the instruments we sell. Because of this relationship I'm often granted the opportunity to... Read more »

Free Stem Mastering Seminar with Mike Wells

Dangerous Music and Sweetwater are proud to present a unique opportunity to learn stem mastering from a pro! The event will be streaming live on May 13, 2017, at 2pm EDT, free of charge. (A free Puremix membership... Read more »

How Many Takes Should I Record?

As many as you need, and no more. In all seriousness, modern DAWs let you record as many takes of the same part as you want, but there definitely is a point of diminishing returns. First, unless you are purely... Read more »

Rein in the Reverb

Reverb is an integral part of near every finished recording. It creates space in the mix, and ambience and body for individual instruments. For some types of sound design, a huge, cavernous reverb is an integral... Read more »

Powered Mixer, Powered Speaker, or Power Amp?

Q: I see powered mixers, powered speakers, and power amps for PAs. I'm a bit confused which do I need? Does everything need to be powered? A: What we're referring to here is an amplifier for driving PA speakers... Read more »

Re-creating the Lightsaber Sound

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's synth master, celebrates May The Fourth by recreating the light saber sound using the new Novation PEAK Polyphonic Desktop Synthesizer. This light saber sound is further energized by... Read more »

Korg Adds MIDI Over Bluetooth LE Support to Windows Drivers

Korg has updated their Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) MIDI drivers. The new version 1.12 lets Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users connect wirelessly with any of the MicroKEY Air 25, 37, 49, and 61, as well as nanoKEY Studio... Read more »

Yamaha MX88 Synthesizer Demo

Blake Angelos from Yamaha presents the MX88 keyboard. The Yamaha MX88 rocks more than 1,000 killer MOTIF XS sounds, a class-compliant USB audio/MIDI interface, and deep controller integration with your favorite... Read more »

Sweetwater’s JUNO-DS Value-added Thumb Drive Overview

Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's Director of Product Optimization, has created a Sweetwater-exclusive 8GB bonus thumb drive that lets you take your JUNO-DS61 and JUNO-DS88 to a whole new level. The thumb drive is so... Read more »

Novation PEAK Polyphonic Synthesizer Demo

Mitch Gallagher presents the Novation PEAK synthesizer module, with help from Novation's Enrique Martinez. With three New Oxford Oscillators per voice, each with traditional waveshapes plus access to 17 digital... Read more »

Vocalists: Bring Your Own Mic to the Gig

As a vocalist singing with bands (and that includes instrumentalists who sing backups as well as lead singers), it's possible to get by without owning your own vocal microphone. Often the person in the band who owns... Read more »

Peace of Mind: Uninterruptable Power Supply

Many people use an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) battery back-up power unit for their computer — basically a UPS is a battery that provides power when the AC from the wall is cut. With a UPS there's... Read more »

Mix Tip: Subtle Movement Using Tremolo

Tremolo is usually used as an intense effect. Whether a classic surf pulsing or a choppy, almost techno effect, when most people reach for tremolo it's to create something in your face. But tremolo can also be used... Read more »

Rob Papen Predator 2 Now Supports Native Instruments NKS Format

Rob Papen Soundware has updated its Predator 2 softsynth with support for Native Instruments' Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) extended plug-in format for KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE 2 hardware... Read more »

Best Effects Pedals for Synths and Keyboards

Effect pedal choices have exploded over the past decade, giving guitarists and bassists a mind-bending selection of both boutique and common brand pedals. Many of these pedals can also be used with keyboards and... Read more »

Get Your Free Copy of Band:Smart

Want to know everything about everything related to bands and making it in the music business? Then you must check out Martin Atkins' acclaimed Band:Smart book — and we've got it for you completely FREE of... Read more »

What is the Difference Between Breaking In A Speaker and Speaker Breakup?

Don't confuse speaker breakup with "breaking in" a new speaker — they're completely different things! Often when you buy a new speaker that hasn't had audio pushed through it yet, the cone will be stiff... Read more »

Ikutaro Kakehashi’s Remarkable 808

Sweetwater owes an unpayable debt to innovators like Roland Corporation Founder Ikutaro Kakehashi. With his passing on April 1, 2017, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to give just one small example of the... Read more »

Arturia Releases First MatrixBrute Firmware Update

Arturia has released Firmware Update 1.1 for the MatrixBrute, chock full of new features: Real-Time Recording — Set the length of your sequence, press the Record and Play buttons in sequencer mode and let... Read more »