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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 »

New Gear at GearFest: iConnectivity mio

Our friends at iConnectivity are unveiling four new products at GearFest 2016 — the mio family of MIDI interfaces for Mac and Windows PC! These new MIDI interfaces connect via USB and provide a simple... Read more »

GearFest Exclusive: the World’s First Commercially Available Synthesizer

Here's a hot tip on an amazing must-see at GearFest here at Sweetwater this weekend: see and hear a beautifully restored 1941 Hammond Novachord — widely considered the precursor to the modern synthesizer... Read more »

Arturia Announces Limited-Edition Red Synths

Arturia has announced two new synthesizers in stunning red color. First up is the MiniBrute Red, a crimson take on the now-discontinued MiniBrute. The MiniBrute is a 25-key, all-analog monophonic synthesizer with a... Read more »

Dave Smith Instruments Updates Prophet 6

Dave Smith Instruments has updated the operating system of the Sequential Prophet 6 to OS v1.3.1. The new operating system includes feature enhancements and new effects that were originally developed for the OB-6... Read more »

5 Great Reasons to Attend GearFest 2016!

GearFest 2016 — our 15th annual FREE celebration of music and gear — takes place next Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, 2016, right here on the Sweetwater campus in Fort Wayne, IN! Here are five great... Read more »

GearFest App Now Available

The countdown is on: GearFest 2016 is just around the corner! This year's event is going to be the biggest and best ever. With so much to see and do, you're going to want to plan out your schedule — and now we've... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases REAKTOR Blocks 1.2 Update

Native Instruments has updated REAKTOR Blocks in REAKTOR 6 to version 1.2. The new version introduces CV and MIDI connectivity. With these new Blocks you can: Calibrate pitch signals for accurate use with external... Read more »

The Grand Design Deluxe Edition

If you have discovered Grand Designs — the incredible documentary about the music and career of iconic guitarist Carl Verheyen — then you know that Carl's new album, The Grand Design, is loaded with killer songs... Read more »

DAW Tip: Filter out MIDI “Ghost Notes”

When you record a live MIDI track into your DAW, a brush of your finger, a slight hesitation, or a software glitch might create one or more extra "ghost notes" that have either very low velocities or super-short... Read more »

Free Home Studio Handbook from Disc Makers

Our friends at Disc Makers have released another free must-have how to guide: The Home Studio Handbook! This guide provides information on everything you need to know about recording in your home. From building an... Read more »

Shure SM58 Celebrates 50!

Mic Month 2016 may be drawing to a close, but it's not too late for one final shout out: the Shure SM58 dynamic cardioid microphone turned 50 years old just a few weeks ago! Introduced in March of 1966 at the... Read more »

FXpansion Releases Geist2

FXpansion has released Geist2, the latest incarnation of their award-winning Geist sound-sculpting and beat-production system. Available for Mac OS X (10.9 or higher) and Windows (7 SP1 or higher), under 64-bit AAX... Read more »