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What is “Circuit Bending?”

Literally, bending a circuit in some way to change what it does. This refers to the adventurous and tech-savvy arming themselves with electrical engineering knowledge, the proper tools and parts, and opening up... Read more »

Couldn’t Attend GearFest 2015? You’re in Luck!

GearFest, Sweetwater's massive annual 2-day celebration of music and gear, continues to grow every year, and 2015 was no exception! GearFest 2015, which took place in early June, broke virtually every previous... Read more »

Yamaha Debuts DXS18 Subwoofer

Yamaha has announced an addition to their much-respected DXS family of subwoofers, the DXS18. Joining the DXS12 and DXS15 models, the DXS18 delivers the highest output level of the series as well as the lowest... Read more »

PreSonus Updates Studio One 3 to v3.0.2

PreSonus has been busy; not only have they released a new free version of Studio One 3 called Studio One 3 Prime, but they have updated Studio One 3 to version 3.0.2. The free update introduces new functionality and... Read more »

Disc Makers Releases Free Music Promotion Guide Bundle

Disc Makers has released a new free bundle featuring three of their acclaimed musician's guides: Getting Radio Airplay, Touring as an Indie, and 10 Effective Strategies to Get Your Music Noticed. These guides are... Read more »

How to Capture Both Bass DI and Amped Tracks

There are entire books written about mic techniques for recording electric guitar; for bass guitar, however, it's tempting (and often recommended) to just record direct. After all, that is the "purest" bass sound... Read more »

How to Multi-mic your Snare Drum

Hundreds of hit records have been made with only one microphone on the snare drum, and there's nothing wrong with that. But there are excellent reasons to use a second microphone on the snare — either... Read more »

PreSonus Hardware and Software Compatible with Windows 10

PreSonus/a> has announced that all their current software and hardware products with the latest firmware are compatible with Windows 10, including both 64-bit and 32-bit versions. This includes Studio One 3, Notion... Read more »

H9 Does Distortion…and More!

Eventide has announced a new algorithm, CrushStation, that brings overdrive and distortion to the company's popular H9 stompbox processor. The new algorithm does not strive to emulate an amp or pedal, rather it uses... Read more »

Should I Use Graphic or Parametric EQ?

A graphic EQ is designed to cut or boost level on equally spaced frequencies, such as 1/3-octave or octave spacing, with a preset bandwidth value. Parametric EQ, on the other hand, gives you fewer EQ bands, but with... Read more »

Vic Firth Passes

Everett "Vic" Firth, founder of the Vic Firth Company, passed away yesterday at the age of 85. Though well known for his namesake company, Firth was also highly successful as a musician — former Boston... Read more »

Songwriters on Songwriting

If you're looking for tips and professional insight on the art of songwriting, then you must check out the latest free guide from our friends at Disc Makers: Songwriters on Songwriting. In this guide, a... Read more »

Should I Pan Individual Tracks or Their Submix?

Submixing — sending numerous tracks to a single "group" track or channel for the purpose of collecting all like tracks under one bus and fader — is nothing new. But when you submix, you have two places... Read more »

Do I need a Hole in my Kick Drum Head for the Mic?

Not necessarily. But it does give you more options. You can put a mic inside the hole to capture your kick from the inside. Or, place a mic outside the hole in the kick drum skin for a natural, punchy recording. You... Read more »

Yamaha Announces Free TF MonitorMix App

The new MonitorMix iOS app from Yamaha for the TF Series mixers allows individual wireless aux mixing from up to 10 iPhones, iPads, or iPod touches simultaneously. This allows each performer to have convenient... Read more »

IMSTA FESTA Comes to Chicago

The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) is bringing their IMSTA FESTA to Chicago for the first time, on July 25, 2015. The free event, hosted by SAE Institute and co-sponsored by Sweetwater, the... Read more »

Mackie Updates Master Fader to v3.2

Master Fader v3.2, Mackie's free iOS control software, brings powerful new features to DL32R in addition to performance and workflow enhancements for DL1608 and DL806 users. Also available now is My Fader v3.2... Read more »

Now Edit Yamaha AG Series DSP from your Mac

The DSP effects in the Yamaha AG06 and AG03 can now be edited on your Mac thanks to a brand-new editor available from Yamaha. The AG DSP Controller v1.0.1 can be downloaded for free.

Summer NAMM is Here!

Summer NAMM 2015 is in the history books! But that doesn't mean that our coverage is finished. We've got our comprehensive show report online and ready for your perusal. This year's show was loaded with great new... Read more »

Summer NAMM Hits This Weekend

This weekend, July 9-11, Summer NAMM rolls back into Nashville's Music City Center. Summer NAMM, presented by the National Association of Music Merchants, is an annual trade show featuring hundreds of manufacturers... Read more »

Hardware vs. Software

Here's an FAQ we see all the time: which is better; software or hardware? This question has raged since software emulations first appeared. And we here at Sweetwater have the final, definitive answer: it depends... Read more »

How High Should I Set My Drum Overhead Mics?

Don't be misled by the term "overhead" into thinking that if you use overheads, they have to be high up or far away. In most cases, the purpose of overhead mics is to capture a balanced image of the entire kit that... Read more »

How Many Features Do I Need?

Q: I'm looking at picking up some new gear, but I can't decide which features I need for the stuff I want — should I get something with tons of control or something simple? There are benefits to both simple... Read more »

How to Market Your Music

You know you have the talent to be a huge success in the music biz, but to "make it" takes more than musical talent — you also need to market yourself. To help you out, our friends at Disc Makers have released... Read more »