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What Can I Use For Vocal Effects Live?

Q: I'm the vocalist in a band, and we're doing shows where we're playing the songs off of our album. We want to have the same sound, effects, and processing on my voice as we used in the studio. How can we do it? A:... Read more »

Sweetwater’s Winter NAMM 2017 Report

The annual Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show in Anaheim, California is here — and Sweetwater is on the scene! Check out our comprehensive online trade show report here at... Read more »

Blend Clean and Distorted Bass for Better Tone

Distorted bass sounds awesome — greasy, gritty, garage-y, and punchy. But if you're not careful, distorted bass can get lost in the mix. This is because using distortion can increase compression (reducing the... Read more »

Coming Soon: NAMM 2017

The annual Winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) trade show in Anaheim, California, will open its doors at 10am PST on Thursday, January 19 — and Sweetwater will be there! Tune in at 10 to view... Read more »

Surgical EQ vs. Tone Shaping EQ

Sometimes a precision, "surgical" EQ cut or boost is exactly what a track or channel needs to accentuate or remove a trouble frequency or to control feedback or resonances. But other times, a wider bandwidth EQ... Read more »

Disc Makers offers Music Release 101 Course

Looking to release your own music to your fans? Like to maybe sell some copies or get some notice? Then you need this new FREE 5-day e-mail course from our friends at Disc Makers! Just sign up — did we mention... Read more »

How to Add Depth to Delay with Reverb

Here's a method for adding depth to and mellowing out the character of a delay effect: Insert a reverb plug-in after a delay plug-in on a channel strip or aux channel in your DAW. Keep the reverb decay short, and... Read more »

Cut the Mud

In most popular music, electric bass generates much of the punch and bottom end, working in conjunction with the kick drum. Because of this, it stands to reason that you want to have as much low end in your bass... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2017 Sneak Preview!

The big annual Winter NAMM trade show is just around the corner, and we're expecting an amazing array of new product introductions at this year's show! But why wait until the show opens to start learning about... Read more »

Thicken Up Reverb Returns with Compression

Using an aux in your DAW as an input for a reverb is a tried-and-true mixing technique. It helps you separate the verb from the source material and lets you dial in exactly how much reverb you want. Sometimes... Read more »

Can I Use Unbalanced Cables with Balanced Equipment?

You can — with some caveats. The advantage of using balanced cables to connect between balanced outputs and balanced inputs is that balanced connections have better noise rejection, thanks to a second... Read more »

Waves Primary Source Expander

With a hi-tech name like "Primary Source Expander," you know the new plug-in from Waves has to be cool! This plug-in is designed for live sound use; it lets you increase mic gain before feedback while reducing stage... Read more »

How Do I “Break In” a Speaker?

When you're dealing with any mechanical device that has moving parts, those parts will naturally move more freely when they have been loosened up by use. In speakers, both the surround (the ring of rubber or foam... Read more »

Gotta Gig? Bring Backups!

Yes, backing up your computer data is vital. But this article is about another kind of backup: redundant gear, so that if something goes wrong, you're not out of commission. Today's gear is undeniably solid and... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Songwriters on Songwriting Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released another essential guide to make music: Songwriters on Songwriting — and like all of their other guides, this one is completely free! In Songwriters on Songwriting, a... Read more »

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 »