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Why Do Live Sound Engineers Use DI for Bass?

When playing larger venues, sound engineers usually mic the guitar cabinets, but ask for a DI signal for the bass, even if there's a bass cabinet on stage. Why not mic the bass cab too? There are several reasons... Read more »

Black Friday is Here!

Looking for the best deals ever? Then welcome to Black Friday at Sweetwater! Today, you'll find the gear you want at up to 80% off. Whether you're shopping for a gift for the musician, engineer, or producer in your... Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving

From all of us here at Sweetwater and inSync, best wishes for a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

How to Prepare for an Outdoor Gig

You already know that an outdoor gig has no walls or ceiling. The main effect that walls have is that they contain the soundwaves you project. Without walls, you may find that your amps don't project nearly as far... Read more »

Sennheiser HD 200 Pro Headphones

Sennheiser has expanded their popular HD Pro series of headphones with a new model, the HD 200 Pro. Designed to provide Sennheiser-quality audio at an affordable price, the HD 200 Pro features proprietary neodymium... Read more »

Rock ‘N’ Rolla Portable Turntables

Rock 'N' Rolla has introduced three new portable "briefcase" turntable models, the Junior, Premium, and XL. The Junior features three speeds and a USB port for converting your vinyl collection into digital files... Read more »

A Song for You

On November 13, 2016, the Tulsa Sound grew a little quieter with the passing of Leon Russell. From session musician to sideman to solo star, Leon devoted his life to the music that he loved. Leon Russell was born... Read more »

How Keith Emerson Changed the World of Synth

Today would've been Keith Emerson's 72nd birthday. Why is that important? Ask any synth player or fan of '70s progressive rock. They'll tell you that Keith Emerson was, no, is one of the most influential musicians... Read more »

Waves Announces Sierra Compatibility

Waves has announced that all their plug-ins (version 9.6 and higher) and software applications are now fully compatible with macOS X 10.12.1 (Sierra). If you are using a VST-compatible DAW, Waves instructs that you... Read more »

Pace Unveils iLok 3

Pace has released the newest iLok license storage key, the iLok 3. The new iLok is the smallest yet, half the size of its predecessor at just 1.5 inches long and 0.5 inches wide. This lower-profile design combined... Read more »

How to Run a Recording Studio

Thinking about putting your recording studio to work making money? Want to up the success of your commercial or project studio? Check out the latest free guide from our friends at Disc Makers: The Art of Running a... Read more »

Custom Westone In-ear Monitors

When you need to hear yourself, nothing works better than custom-molded in-ear monitors. And no one does custom in-ears better than Westone, who has been leading the industry for more than 50 years! Now Sweetwater... Read more »

Vintage Recording Studio for Your Kids

Have a daughter who wants to be a pop star? Need the perfect gift for your little aspiring recording engineer? Want to have a load of fun? Look no further than Melody's Recording Studio from American Girl. Based on... Read more »

PreSonus StudioLive 32 Series III Digital Mixer/Recorder Overview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZI9jH9m0dk Rick Naqvi from PreSonus presents the StudioLive 32 Series III console. The PreSonus StudioLive 32 digital mixing console/recorder represents the third generation of the... Read more »

What is the Difference Between Speaker and Guitar Cables?

There's a reason you shouldn't use guitar cables to connect an amplifier to a speaker cabinet, or speaker cables to connect a guitar to an amp. Speaker and guitar cables are not the same. Guitar cables are meant to... Read more »

Hands On: Gruv Gear Club Bag, Sliiv, and Bento Boxes

We all take gear on the go. Whether you're simply carrying your laptop around, putting together a mobile studio, taking gear to a gig, jam, or session, or traveling around the world, you want your gear to arrive... Read more »

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize

In a move that has musicians and music lovers thrilled — but some writers and poets bristling — the Nobel Committee dramatically redefined boundaries between "high art" and commercial creative forms when... Read more »

What is a Split-band De-Esser?

The simplest type of de-esser is basically a compressor with an equalizer in the sidechain; the EQ makes the compressor more "sensitive" to high frequencies, so that it attenuates the high end of your audio signal... Read more »

The Indie Artist’s Guide to Gigging

Our friends at Disc Makers have published yet another free guide! This one is aimed to help musicians looking to book shows, whether one-offs or full tours. The Indie Artist's Guide to Gigging — Strategies for... Read more »

PreSonus StudioLive 32

PreSonus has unveiled the new StudioLive 32, the 3rd generation of its acclaimed StudioLive series of digital mixers. It offers 32 channels with 32 fully recallable XMAX microphone preampifiers and 33... Read more »

Mackie Releases Master Fader 4.5

Mackie has released Mackie Master Fader 4.5, their iOS controller app for wireless control over the Mackie AXIS Digital Mixing System comprised of the DL32R, DL1608, and DL806 mixers. This update to the Mackie... Read more »

IK Multimedia iRig HD 2

IK Multimedia has announced the next generation of their portable iRig HD interface for Mac, PC, and iOS, the iRig HD 2. iRig HD 2 features high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio quality, an integrated 1/8-inch... Read more »

Waves Announces SoundGrid Connect

Waves Audio has introduced SoundGrid Connect, which allows any ASIO- or Core Audio-compatible audio interface to connect to a SoundGrid network. SoundGrid Connect adds massive DSP processing power to ASIO and Core... Read more »

Keith McMillan adds Windows Support to K-MIX

Keith McMillan Instruments has released Windows support for the K-MIX 8-in/10-out audio interface programmable mixer. Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 (64-bit only) are now supported by the K-Mix Editor software... Read more »