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4 Grab-n-Go Pedalboards

Sometimes, simpler is better. Consider these situations: a small stage, a quick set-up and tear-down, a gig that requires a plane flight, a pick-up gig, a jam or rehearsal, or if you simply don't want to deal with... Read more »

Specs Only Tell Part of the Story

It's tempting to shop by comparing specifications. After all, better gear always has better specs, right? Specs can be tremendously informative and useful when making gear decisions. But specs aren't everything... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2016 Preview

It's less than a week until the doors open on the most important trade show in the musical instrument and pro audio industry, Winter NAMM! Held in Anaheim, California, Winter NAMM brings together manufacturers... Read more »

Eagles’ Glenn Frey dead at age 67

Eagles vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Glenn Frey passed away today in New York City from complications related to rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He had been ill for several weeks... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Pro Tools Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released Pro Tools for Musicians: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started!, a new 50-page guide meant for any and all Pro Tools users — musicians, engineers, songwiters, and... Read more »

RMS vs. Peak Power When Comparing Speakers

When you're researching the wattage of musical instrument/pro audio speaker drivers, you will often find two values for the power handling rating: RMS (root mean square), and "peak." It's important to know what each... Read more »

Small Amp, Big Tone

Think you need a monstrously huge amp to create a big guitar tone? Not necessarily. These days, there are low-wattage (15W or less) amps that sound like huge stadium beasts both in the room and when recorded. The... Read more »

7 Tips for Guitarists Using In-ears

You're finally happy with the sound coming from your guitar amp, now it's time to mic it up and send it back through your in-ear monitors so you can hear it onstage. Somehow, though, from your amp to your in-ears... Read more »

David Bowie Passes

David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie, has passed away after an 18-month battle with liver cancer. His death comes two days after the release of his latest album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday. A native... Read more »

3 New Waves Live Sound Plug-ins

Waves has introduced three affordable new eMo live-sound plug-ins that are perfect companions for the just-announced eMotion LV1 live digital mixer: eMo Q4 EQ — a 4-band paragraphic equalizer that can be used... Read more »

Waves Announces LV1 Mixer

Waves has unveiled the eMotion LV1, a revolutionary new live mixing console. The eMotion LV1 is being heralded as a harbinger of a new era in live sound mixing for front of house, monitors, and broadcast. Based on... Read more »

Waves Discontinues TDM Support

Waves has released the following statement regarding their support for the TDM plug-in format: "As of January 2016, Waves will stop supporting the TDM format. Any plug-ins installed or updated via the Waves Central... Read more »

How Hi-Z is High Enough?

Electric guitars with passive pickups will always sound better through a "hi-Z," or high-impedance input. This is because you want to plug your guitar into an amplifier, direct box, preamp, or audio interface that... Read more »

Best of 2015: Sweetwater’s Top Artist Interview

What was the most-watched Sweetwater artist interview video for 2015? And the winner is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slfzjawcvUg Popular runners up include: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsDSB5AxOrQ... Read more »

Happy New Year!

From everyone here at Sweetwater's inSync, best wishes for a safe, happy, prosperous, and musical 2016!

Best of 2015: Sweetwater’s Top Pro Audio Videos

What was the most-watched Sweetwater pro audio video for 2015? And the winner is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sacs9vy56VA Popular runners up include: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE8--QY4bGQ... Read more »

How to Boost, Compress, and Tweak the Bass for Added Punch

Mixing bass guitar is always a challenge. Too much bass can muddy the mix, eat up headroom, and drown out everything else. But too little bass can make a mix sound thin, not to mention that a lot of a song's energy... Read more »

Happy Holidays!

From all of us at Sweetwater's inSync, best wishes for a safe and joy-filled holiday!

What are the Differences Between Plate and Spring Reverbs?

Plate and spring reverbs are in some ways very similar devices but they are quite different in sound. A plate reverb is a thin sheet of metal, suspended via springs (or sometimes clamps) under tension inside a rigid... Read more »

Mackie Releases Master Fader v4.0

Mackie has released the latest version of Master Fader, the free control app for their popular DL32R, DL1608 and DL806 digital mixers. The new version features the addition of a real time analyzer (RTA) on each... Read more »

Allen & Heath Announces Qu Chrome Mixers

The new Allen & Heath Qu Chrome mixers bring even more power to the Qu-series mixer family! There are three new members in the family: Qu-16 Chrome, Qu-24 Chrome, and Qu-32 Chrome. On the surface, the first thing... Read more »

Why Are Bass Amps So High Wattage Compared to Guitar Amps?

A quick browse of available guitar amps reveals that while most guitar amps fall in the 15-watt to 100-watt range, most bass amps tend to be 100 to 500 watts or even higher. Bass amps generally need more power than... Read more »

Shape Your Transients!

Sonnox has announced Oxford Envolution, a new frequency-dependent transient shaper plug-in. Available in native or DSP-driven formats for AAX, VST, and Audio Units on Mac and PC, Envolution allows you to boost or... Read more »

7 Gifts That Will Fit in a Stocking

It's that time of year — gift-giving season is upon us! (And don't forget, gift season also means gift receiving!) Don't procrastinate, get your wish list ready now for your friends and family. If you need... Read more »