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Knobcon 2016: EarthQuaker Devices Pedal Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Dc5jsu_db4 Daniel Fisher, our resident synth and effects pedal fanatic, frantically tweaks as many EarthQuaker Devices effects pedals as possible in under five minutes, while Lisa... Read more »

Knobcon 2016: Arturia MatrixBrute Synthesizer Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFn7UM8UjQ0 Daniel Fisher, at Knobcon 2016, speaks with Mauricio Garcia of Arturia who describes and demonstrates the parameters of Arturia's new MatrixBrute Analog Synthesizer... Read more »

Yamaha Updates at Knobcon 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yrks_PjEp9Q Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater's synthesizer fanboy, talks with Blake Angelos of Yamaha about new features for the Montage synthesizer found in Montage Firmware 1.2. Blake also... Read more »

The Definitive Collection of Keyboards!

Spectrasonics has released Keyscape Collector Keyboards, a virtual instrument plug-in offering more than 500 vintage keyboard sounds. The plug-in runs on Mac or Windows PC, under AAX, VST, and Audio Units formats... Read more »

Propellerhead Releases Reason 9.1 Update

Propellerhead has released a free update — version 9.1 — to Reason featuring the addition of Ableton Link support. Ableton Link, introduced in November 2015, allows apps on different devices to play in... Read more »

IK Multimedia Introduces iRig HD 2

The latest revelation from IK Multimedia is the iRig HD 2 digital guitar interface, successor to the popular iRig HD. Featuring premium 24-bit/96kHz analog-to-digital conversion, the tiny iRig HD 2 offers a... Read more »

Big Changes for Pro Tools!

At the IBC trade show, Avid announced major changes that will make Pro Tools more affordable, and allow users more flexibility in configuring their systems and integrating third-party interfaces. You can now... Read more »

Roland TB-03 Bass Line Synthesizer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5iLzs23poU Mitch Gallagher visits Six01 Studios for Roland's 909 Day, and is joined by product specialist Peter Brown to demonstrate the TB-03 Bass Line Synthesizer. Powered by... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases KONTAKT 5.6

Native Instruments has released a free update to their flagship sampling application, KONTAKT. KONTAKT version 5.6 offers users an updated interface, improved stability, and bug fixes. In addition, it offers... Read more »

Shure Releases the 50th Anniversary Edition SM58

The most popular handheld dynamic mic in the world is celebrating an anniversary! The Shure SM58 dynamic cardioid microphone turned 50 years old earlier this year, and now Shure has released the limited-edition 50th... Read more »

Roland System-8 Plug-out Synthesizer Demo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tINVFPXvXbY Mitch Gallagher travels to Six01 Studios in Burbank, CA for Roland's 909 Day. In this video we check out the System-8 plug-out synthesizer, with help from product... Read more »

30+ New Roland/BOSS Products Announced at 909 Day

On September 9, 2016, at Six01 Studios in Burbank, California, Roland and BOSS hosted an all-day (and night) online gala event celebrating the release of more than 30 products, complete with product debuts and... Read more »

Native Instruments Announces Maschine Jam

Native Instruments has unveiled the Maschine Jam production and performance system, the latest member of the Maschine family. Designed for music creation in the studio and onstage, Maschine Jam combines an 8x8... Read more »

10 Tips for Making a Great Record

There are lists, tips and suggestions for ways to improve your recordings. This list is for those who don't just want to make a record — they want to make a great record. 1. Develop your artistic vision, and commit... Read more »

Creative Recording: Mic Your Headphones!

Sometimes, getting that narrow-band, old-transistor-radio type tone is just what a song needs. Many EQ and filter plug-ins offer some kind of "telephone" setting, but if you want to have some fun getting that effect... Read more »

PreSonus Releases Notion 6

The latest version of PreSonus' Notion notation and composition software for Mac and PC is now available. Among the new features in Notion 6 are tighter integration with PreSonus' Studio One DAW, ReWire MIDI... Read more »

How to Use Facebook to Promote Your Shows

CD Baby presents a free downloadable guide that will help you get the most out of Facebook to promote your events. Creating Effective Facebook Events: Fourteen rules to get more people to your shows is for anyone... Read more »

Modulate Sample Start for Better Synth Sounds

If you're looking for a simple way to make a sample-based synthesizer patch more dynamic, try modulating the sample start using velocity. If the sample has a powerful and punchy attack transient, modulate the sample... Read more »

What is the Difference between Word Clock and Clock Sync?

Every digital device has an internal clock that determines when each sample should be captured (recorded) or reconstructed (replayed). This is the "word clock" — a digital clock that governs the sample rate of... Read more »

What is True Stereo versus Pseudo-stereo?

In terms of effects and processors, there are a number of terms that can apply to the "stereo-ness" of the signal. Consider these definitions: True Stereo — The stereo signal consists of two related channels... Read more »

Arturia V Collection 5 Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RNDcUSGHWk Mitch Gallagher presents Arturia's V Collection 5 with help from Sweetwater's synth guru Daniel Fisher. A synth lover's dream come true, Arturia's V Collection 5 bundles... Read more »

Novation Adds New Features with Circuit v1.3 Firmware

Novation has updated the firmware for their popular Circuit groovebox to version 1.3. The free firmware update adds powerful new features as well as streamlines and simplifies the Circuit workflow making it easier... Read more »

NI Announces KOMPLETE 11

Unleash your creativity! Native Instruments has announced version 11 of their awe-inspiring KOMPLETE suite of virtual instruments and effects. There are now three versions of KOMPLETE, allowing you to choose which... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Vocalist’s Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians. Entitled The Vocalist's Guide to Recording, Rehearsing, and Performing: Care and Maintenance for Singers in Every Genre, this guide is... Read more »