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Toontrack Releases EZDrummer v2.1.2

Toontrack has updated EZDrummer to version 2.1.2. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the new update includes: Pasting onto an empty track sets the time signature to that of the pasted loop.Drumkit preset menu... Read more »

How to Record the Output of a Reason 9 Player Device to a Track

One of the new features in Propellerhead Reason 9 is Player devices (such as Note Echo, Scales and Chords, and Dual Arpeggio), which let you alter playback of a MIDI performance in realtime. This means if you record... Read more »

The Indie Artist’s Guide to Gigging

The latest FREE downloadable guide from our friends at Disc Makers is The Indie Artist's Guide to Gigging: Strategies for Booking, Promoting, and Thriving On Stage in Your Home Town and On the Road, a comprehensive... Read more »

How Often Should I Replace My Audio Cables?

Cables don't "wear out" in the same way that some components, such as vacuum tubes, do. In most cases, unless it is damaged or suffers wear from being coiled/uncoiled, stepped on, pulled, twisted, bent, or otherwise... Read more »

Happy 4th of July!

Best wishes from everyone at inSync and Sweetwater for a safe and enjoyable day celebrating the freedom of our nation!

Scotty Moore Dies at 84

One of the founders of rock and roll, genre-defining guitarist, Scotty Moore, best known for his time as Elvis Presley's guitarist and first manager, passed away at his home yesterday. In addition to performing and... Read more »

Avid Releases Sibelius 8.4

Avid has just released Sibelius 8.4. In addition to numerous bug fixes and improvements, this update introduces a new Custom Staff Sizes feature. There are now four staff sizes for you to choose among, defined in... Read more »

Summer NAMM 2016: Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 Module 6-voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer Module

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh7z7tRBWhs Carson from Dave Smith Instruments presents the OB-6 desktop module. Like the keyboard version, the Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 Module is a 6-voice, all-analog, synth... Read more »

How to Use Both Delay and Reverb During Mixdown

Delay and reverb are classic effects that you'll find yourself using in almost every mix, sometimes on different tracks, but often on the same track. There are no hard and fast rules as to how you must use these... Read more »

Eventide Announces Sculpt for H9

Eventide has released their latest algorithm for the H9 Core, H9, and H9 Max pedals. Sculpt is a multi-band distortion algorithm that gives you a degree of control that would otherwise require three or four pedals... Read more »

Harmony Central’s GearFest X-treme Show Report

Our friends at Harmony Central have posted an awesome report on their experiences at GearFest 2016 here at Sweetwater! The crew from HC arrived with the Harmony Central AirStream trailer in tow and set up a command... Read more »

Hammond XK-5 Organ System Demo at Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWGiTnPfSpE Musician Jim Alfredson presents the XK-5 digital organ on behalf of Hammond. Its design draws on original B-3 schematics, capturing that legendary sound, feel - and soul... Read more »

Jim Brickman Interview at Sweetwater GearFest 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTeMufQa87k Songwriter/pianist Jim Brickman joins Sweetwater's Don Carr for this interview at GearFest 2016. Brickman's signature piano sound has earned him, two Grammy nods, two... Read more »

Summer NAMM is Here!

The annual Summer NAMM trade show, held in Music City — Nashville, TN — opened its doors today and will run through Saturday, June 25. The Summer NAMM show is always a blast, with new product... Read more »

Hammond XK-5 Organ System Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWGiTnPfSpE Musician Jim Alfredson presents the XK-5 digital organ on behalf of Hammond. Its design draws on original B-3 schematics, capturing that legendary sound, feel - and soul... Read more »

Nektar Adds Reason 9 Support

Nektar has released an update to their line of keyboard controllers that includes both DAW integration with the just-released Propellerhead Reason 9 and mapping for the three new Player devices included in Reason 9... Read more »

iConnectivity mio Series USB/MIDI Interfaces Overview by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp0GWFjanMs Michael Loh from iConnectivity gives a brief overview of the mio series of USB/MIDI interfaces. Not only can you connect multiple computers to mio interfaces via USB... Read more »

Arturia Updates V Collection 5

Arturia has released the first software update to their award-winning V Collection 5. This update is mostly a bugfix and subtle enhancement update, however Arturia notes that they have addressed issues and requests... Read more »

Reason 9 Arrives!

Today marked the official release of Propellerhead Software's Reason 9, the latest version of their music production software. Reason 9 expands on the powerful Reason platform with new devices, new tools, workflow... Read more »

GearFest 2016: Hammond Novachord

Sweetwater was privileged to showcase a 1941 Hammond Novachord at GearFest 2016. This beautiful 1941 Novachord was restored over a five-year period by Joseph Fill of Indianapolis and is one of just a handful of... Read more »

Breaking News: Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE v2.4.6 Hotfix

Native Instruments has released the following statement: "The MASCHINE 2.4.5 update uploaded to Service Center on Tuesday contains a critical issue that affects certain third-party plug-ins. A new version, 2.4.6... Read more »

New Products Announced at GearFest 2016

The 15th annual GearFest saw the announcement of many great new products — attendees at the show were the first in the world to see and get their hands on these new releases! From Arturia to sE Electronics to... Read more »

Make Music Day 2016

Join in a world-wide celebration of music on June 21! First launched in France in 1982, Make Music Day has grown into an international festival, with events in more than 700 cities in 120 countries! Anyone and... Read more »

Korg Pa4X Professional Arranger Keyboard Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufVEEOjGWgc Steve McNally from Korg presents the Pa4X Professional Arranger keyboard. Korg's Pa series of arrangers are the first choice of countless composers, and the fourth... Read more »