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Planning a Portable PA – Five Questions You Need to Ask

As a solo artist or part of a small band, having your own portable PA system opens up doors to venues that don't have a house PA (or don't have one you'd want to use, at any rate). Before you start buying gear and... Read more »

A Dummy’s Guide to Speaker Coverage

Good speaker coverage is one of the most important aspects of setting up a successful live sound system, yet it's one of the most nebulous concepts. A discussion about proper PA coverage with three seasoned live... Read more »

On Being the Singing Drummer

If you play drums and you also sing, then you are definitely more desirable and ready for more playing, and paying, opportunities than single-skilled musicians. There are more drummers singing from behind the kit... Read more »

8 Ways to Put Your iPad to Work Onstage

The iPad has been a revelation for many users, myself included. I remember when Apple came out with the first iPads. I looked at one and thought, why would I want that - I have a laptop? Fast-forward to today, and I... Read more »

Gain Staging Like a Pro

What Is Gain Staging? Gain staging, or gain structuring, is the act of setting the gain for each amplification stage (gain stage) in a sound system to achieve a target system volume that minimizes noise and... Read more »

Remote Control PreSonus StudioLive RM Mixers with Studio One v3.2

With the new version 3.2 update, PreSonus Studio One can now remote-control StudioLive RM-series XMAX preamps, as well as the Fat Channel processing for StudioLive RM-series and StudioLive AI Series consoles. The... Read more »

PreSonus Updates Firmware for StudioLive RM-series Mixers

PreSonus has released firmware updates for their StudioLive RM16AI and StudioLive RM32AI 32x16x3 rackmount digital mixers. With the new firmware update, two StudioLive RM-series mixers can be cascaded via AVB... Read more »

Can I Mic Both Speakers in My 2×12 Speaker Cabinet?

Sure! You may find you get a bigger sound by combining the tones of two different speakers (even two speakers of the same type will sound slightly different) and two different mics and mic placements. The only thing... Read more »

What’s the Difference Between Resistive and Reactive Loads?

It's not safe to operate a tube guitar amplifier with no speaker connected. The amplifier needs to see a "load" — normally from a speaker — that gives the power it puts out somewhere to go. Without a... Read more »

iSPARK and SPARKle for iPad

Arturia has introduced iSPARK, an app for iPad that brings the power of SPARK 2 to the mobile world. Best of all, iSPARK's user interface is designed to emulate Arturia's SPARKle compact rhythm controller, and you... Read more »

Cool Tool: Ansmann Work Light

Shed a little light on the subject! There's nothing worse than trying to set up on a dark stage or fiddling around in the dark inside or behind a rack loaded full of equipment. Sure, many smartphones have a... Read more »

Can I Compress Distorted Audio?

Adding tons of gain to any kind of source material, be it synthesizer, guitar, bass, vocal, drums, you name it, is going to clip the waveform, thereby naturally compressing the signal. So does that mean there's no... Read more »

Disc Makers Guide to Marketing for Musicians

Our friends at Disc Makers have published another free guide: The Complete Marketing Process for Musicians: Creating and Executing a Music Marketing Plan. It's no secret that you'll never build a fan base or get... Read more »

How to Use Slapback Delay as Tone Thickener

Delay is a popular effect, usually used to create an effect with repeating echoes or to add a sense of space to a track or sound. But short slapback delays can also be used to "thicken up" a sound. Try adding a... Read more »

President’s Day Sale — Save Up to 72%!

Looking for a great deal? You'll definitely find amazing deals at Sweetwater's 2016 President's Day Sale! You could save up to 72% off of regular prices on select items, now through February 16, 2016. Check out some... Read more »

Get iZotope DDLY Free — Limited-time Offer

Free never sounded so good! Get iZotope's new DDLY Dynamic Delay Plug-in absolutely FREE from Sweetwater, no strings attached! Limited-time offer good through March 9, 2016. The DDLY is designed to let you create... Read more »

Maurice White Passes

Maurice White, founder, songwriter, producer, and co-lead singer for Earth, Wind & Fire, has passed away. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1941, Maurice formed his first band with Booker T Jones as a child. In his... Read more »

Eventide Releases SpaceTime for H9

Eventide has released a new optional algorithm and presets for their H9, H9 Core, and H9 Max stompboxes, SpaceTime. Utilizing the immense DSP capability of the H9, SpaceTime combines two delays with control over... Read more »

Dix Trips Visits Sweetwater!

Our good friend, the award-winning producer/director, Nigel Dick (music videos for Britney Spears, Nickelback, Breaking Benjamin, Guns N' Roses, Oasis, Def Leppard, Tears For Fears, and hundreds more, as well as... Read more »

Rose L. Shure Passes

Rose L. Shure, chairman of Shure Inc., passed away on January 25. Shure Inc. was founded by Mrs. Shure's husband, Sidney N. Shure, in 1925, and she had been an integral part of the success of the company for more... Read more »

TEC Award Winners Announced

On January 23rd, at the Winter NAMM trade show in Anaheim California, the winners in the 31st Annual NAMM TEC Awards were announced. Comedian Sinbad hosted the show, which presented awards in 31 technical and... Read more »

What is Soft-knee Versus Hard-knee Compression?

Many compressors give you the option of either hard-knee or soft-knee compression. Still others (especially software compressors) give you a slider to adjust the response of the "knee." What does this mean? "Knee"... Read more »

Sweetwater’s Massive Winter NAMM 2016 Report!

Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) is the biggest trade show of the year for the musical instrument and pro audio industry. Each January, manufacturers, retailers, and the press gather in Anaheim... Read more »

Shure KSM8 Dualdyne Dynamic Microphone Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6QL_5jz5Ps Mitch Gallagher presents the Shure KSM8 Dualdyne dynamic microphone.The first dynamic mic of its kind, the Shure KSM8 Dualdyne microphone combines two diaphragms... Read more »