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GearFest 2015 is Almost Here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QKHOw179sY Join thousands of gear fanatics from all over the country at Sweetwater in Fort Wayne, Indiana for GearFest! Two days of gear, deals, workshops, performances, giveaways... Read more »

Start GearFest with an Amplified Workshop!

GearFest 2015 is coming! Just a couple of weeks away...and since you're going to be coming to Fort Wayne, why not come in a day early and check out one of the Pre-GearFest AMPLIFIED WOrkshops? This year, by popular... Read more »

Free Guide to Making a Great Master

The latest free guide from our friends at Disc Makers — Making a Great Master — is packed full of tips and advice for musicians, engineers, and producers on workstations, master preparation, post... Read more »

More Mic Month Madness!

It's no secret that May is Mic Month at Sweetwater, which means that you could save up to 83% on the microphones you've been dying to add to your studio locker! Sweetwater's 11th Annual Mic Month is the only place... Read more »

Q: How Should I Adjust Compressor Plug-in Settings?

DAWs these days give you amazing visual displays of your audio material. This has revolutionized the way that music can be edited and created. But you hear a lot of advice to "mix with your ears" and to "let your... Read more »

Save Up to 83%

May is Mic Month at Sweetwater, which means that you could save up to 83% on the microphones you've been dying to add to your studio locker! Sweetwater's 11th Annual Mic Month is the only place you'll find... Read more »

Compression 101: Bus Compression

Compression can make the difference between parts that fit together, and parts that fight each other. Putting a compressor — that's the dynamics controller that squashes the difference between the loudest and... Read more »

Waves Expands “H” Series with H-Reverb

Waves has expanded their "H" or "Hybrid" family of plug-ins with the new H-Reverb. Built on new technologies including a pioneering FIR (Finite Impulse Response) engine, H-Reverb provides richer, deeper reverb tails... Read more »

Compression 101: Track Compression

Compression is one of the most important tools for recording and mixing music. A compressor is used to control the dynamics — the variation between the softest and loudest parts of an audio signal. Dynamics... Read more »

Mic Month Continues!

Sweetwater's 11th Annual Mic Month runs the entire month of May — and this year, it's bigger and better than ever! We're featuring mics from AKG, Shure, Manley, Blue, Audio-Technica, Royer, Audix... Read more »

May is Mic Month!

The Original! The Biggest! The Best! Others may try to copy us, but there's only one true Mic Month, and it's at Sweetwater! The 11th Annual Sweetwater Mic Month runs from May 1 through May 31 — and we've got... Read more »

Mackie Master Fader App Updated to Version 3.1

Master Fader, Mackie's iOS app that provides wireless control over the DL32R, DL1608, or DL806 mixers, has been updated to version 3.1. The new version adds the following features and enhancements: DL Dante... Read more »

Musikmesse 2015: PreSonus StudioLive CS18AI

If you want serious flexibility, then build your live-sound or studio recording rig around the PreSonus StudioLive CS18AI AVB ethernet control surface. When you couple the CS18AI's 18 motorized faders and extensive... Read more »

Cool Tool: Gaffer Tape Mastery!

Gaffer tape is one of the essentials of life for musicians and live sound and recording engineers. But taping down cables is a drag — who wants to crawl around the floor in who-knows-what debris and sticky... Read more »

Pre-GearFest Amplified Workshops

GearFest 2015 is coming! Less than six weeks away...and since you're going to be coming to Fort Wayne, why not come in a day early and check out one of the Pre-GearFest AMPLIFIED WOrkshops? This year, by popular... Read more »

Musikmesse 2015: Mackie ProFXv2 Mixers

Mackie's latest professional analog mixers, the ProFXv2 series, range in size from a compact 4-channel mixer to the 30-channel, 4-bus, USB-equipped console. The brand new Vita preamps are optimized to meet the... Read more »

Musikmesse 2015: AKG D 112 MKII

AKG has found a way to improve upon the AKG D 112 kick drum mic. Their new D 112 MKII retains all of the classic features and sonic qualities that have made the D112 an absolute standard. AKG has responded to... Read more »

Musikmesse 2015: AKG C 314

AKG intends for their new C 314 microphone to find use in all studio environments, from project to professional. This large-dual-diaphragm condenser is said to deliver linear frequency response and best-in-class... Read more »

Musikmesse 2015: dbx PowerRack8

The dbx PowerRack8 500 Series rack is the perfect complement to their recent line of 500 Series processors. This 8-slot, rackmountable housing provides 350mA of power for each of your modules and offers both... Read more »

Musikmesse 2015: TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Extreme

With four times the memory of its predecessor, the VoiceLive 3 Extreme lets you shape and enhance your vocals with great-sounding onboard effects, create natural-sounding vocal harmonies, and process your guitar... Read more »

Musikmesse 2015: Yamaha TF Series Mixers

Yamaha's TF series delivers fast, accurate gain setup, single-step compression and EQ, and microphone-specific presets to even the most modest sound reinforcement applications. TouchFlow Operation combines elements... Read more »

Musikmesse 2015

Today one of the largest music/pro audio trade shows in the world opened its doors: Musikmesse! Held in Frankfurt, Germany, Musikmesse features mile after mile of aisles packed with pro audio, music, lighting... Read more »

What is the Difference between a Balanced vs Unbalanced Audio Signal?

The difference between balanced and unbalanced audio signals has to do with the design of the audio circuit. A balanced audio circuit, like the XLR inputs on a pro audio rack processor, has both positive (+) and... Read more »

Create the Perfect Press Kit — with Disc Makers’ Help!

Want your band or project to be a success? Then you've got to get the word out. You'll certainly want to use social media, e-mail your mailing list, hire an airplane for some skywriting, put up flyers around town... Read more »