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Can I Use Unbalanced Cables with Balanced Equipment?

You can — with some caveats. The advantage of using balanced cables to connect between balanced outputs and balanced inputs is that balanced connections have better noise rejection, thanks to a second... Read more »

UVI Releases World Suite

UVI has gone around the world in search of exotic instruments representing thousands of years of musical culture — and put it all into an amazing sampled virtual instrument called "World Suite." Comprising... Read more »

TC-Helicon Perform-VK Vocal Effects Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO2UfDZ2vJk Mitch Gallagher presents the TC-Helicon Perform-VK vocal processor. Get the TC-Helicon Perform-VK here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PerformVK/

How Do I “Break In” a Speaker?

When you're dealing with any mechanical device that has moving parts, those parts will naturally move more freely when they have been loosened up by use. In speakers, both the surround (the ring of rubber or foam... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates KONTAKT to 5.6.5

Native Instruments has released a new update to KONTAKT 5, bringing it to version 5.6.5. The main addition in this update is a new user interface tool for KONTAKT instrument builders — a fully customizable XY... Read more »

Recording a Wurlitzer Electric Piano

Recording a Wurlitzer Electric Piano In an age when we have digital versions of almost every keyboard instrument ever made, it can still be fun to go back to the source and record the original instruments. The... Read more »

Gotta Gig? Bring Backups!

Yes, backing up your computer data is vital. But this article is about another kind of backup: redundant gear, so that if something goes wrong, you're not out of commission. Today's gear is undeniably solid and... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Songwriters on Songwriting Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released another essential guide to make music: Songwriters on Songwriting — and like all of their other guides, this one is completely free! In Songwriters on Songwriting, a... Read more »

Do I Need a Keyboard Amp or Should I Plug my Keyboard into the PA?

Here's a fun fact: most keyboard amps are full-range, flat-response (FRFR) speakers powered by a clean solid-state amp. And most PA systems consist of a mixer that can run multiple sources through a clean... Read more »

Free Patch Library for Keyscape and Omnisphere 2

Ilio has created a free 20-patch library — called "Darkness + Light" — of sounds for Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 and Keyscape users, featuring the Keyscape core library and Omnisphere 2's deep synthesis... Read more »

Yamaha Clavinova Digital Pianos Overview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEDnfu80pzQ Mitch Gallagher is joined by Craig Knudsen from Yamaha to learn about the Clavinova series of digital pianos. For over 30 years, Yamaha's Clavinova line of digital pianos... Read more »

Black Friday is Here!

Looking for the best deals ever? Then welcome to Black Friday at Sweetwater! Today, you'll find the gear you want at up to 80% off. Whether you're shopping for a gift for the musician, engineer, or producer in your... Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving

From all of us here at Sweetwater and inSync, best wishes for a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

How to Prepare for an Outdoor Gig

You already know that an outdoor gig has no walls or ceiling. The main effect that walls have is that they contain the soundwaves you project. Without walls, you may find that your amps don't project nearly as far... Read more »

Arturia Releases MiniLab MKII

Arturia's latest controller keyboard is the MiniLab MkII, a compact, high-quality controller that's perfectly suited to space-challenged studios and musicians on the go. The MiniLab MkII features a 25-note... Read more »

The Importance of Your Workspace When Recording

No, this isn't a tip about applying feng shui to your studio. There's a lot out there on the acoustic properties of a good studio, but let's talk a bit about the ergonomic properties that will help you get the most... Read more »

Sennheiser HD 200 Pro Headphones

Sennheiser has expanded their popular HD Pro series of headphones with a new model, the HD 200 Pro. Designed to provide Sennheiser-quality audio at an affordable price, the HD 200 Pro features proprietary neodymium... Read more »

Rock ‘N’ Rolla Portable Turntables

Rock 'N' Rolla has introduced three new portable "briefcase" turntable models, the Junior, Premium, and XL. The Junior features three speeds and a USB port for converting your vinyl collection into digital files... Read more »

A Song for You

On November 13, 2016, the Tulsa Sound grew a little quieter with the passing of Leon Russell. From session musician to sideman to solo star, Leon devoted his life to the music that he loved. Leon Russell was born... Read more »

Novation Releases Circuit v1.4 Firmware

The latest firmware release from Novation adds new features to the Circuit groovebox, making it more powerful than ever. The Circuit firmware v1.4 update is free, and can be done through the Circuit Components suite... Read more »

How Keith Emerson Changed the World of Synth

Today would've been Keith Emerson's 72nd birthday. Why is that important? Ask any synth player or fan of '70s progressive rock. They'll tell you that Keith Emerson was, no, is one of the most influential musicians... Read more »

Korg Announces Monologue + Monologue Review!

Korg has unveiled a new voice in the synthesizer world, the monologue! Completely programmable, the monologue features a unique new monophonic analog synthesis structure, a powerful 16-step sequencer, micro-tuning... Read more »

iZotope’s Free Mixing Guide Updated

iZotope has updated their free downloadable Mixing with iZotope guide with new Neutron tips. The free guide takes a comprehensive look at the art, aesthetic, and theory behind audio mixing. You'll learn how to use... Read more »

How to Run a Recording Studio

Thinking about putting your recording studio to work making money? Want to up the success of your commercial or project studio? Check out the latest free guide from our friends at Disc Makers: The Art of Running a... Read more »