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Big Changes for Pro Tools!

At the IBC trade show, Avid announced major changes that will make Pro Tools more affordable, and allow users more flexibility in configuring their systems and integrating third-party interfaces. You can now... Read more »

Shure Releases the 50th Anniversary Edition SM58

The most popular handheld dynamic mic in the world is celebrating an anniversary! The Shure SM58 dynamic cardioid microphone turned 50 years old earlier this year, and now Shure has released the limited-edition 50th... Read more »

Yamaha Updates TF-Series Mixer Firmware to 3.00

Yamaha has released new firmware for their TF-series professional mixers. The new version 3.00 firmware features: Full fader views on touch screenAdministrator, guest, and selectable user accessQuickPro presets for... Read more »

How Many Watts of Bass Amp Do I Need?

Bass amplifiers, even more than guitar amps, have crazy variations in wattage. Just a quick search of Sweetwater.com turns up 20W bass amps, 2,000W bass amps, and everything in between! But do you really need a... Read more »

Got the Backline Blues?

Some performers don't mind playing gigs in which all the acts are expected to share the same backline. Others get twitchy if they can't use their own beloved, trusted gear, and are forced to rely on supplied... Read more »

10 Tips for Making a Great Record

There are lists, tips and suggestions for ways to improve your recordings. This list is for those who don't just want to make a record — they want to make a great record. 1. Develop your artistic vision, and commit... Read more »

Creative Recording: Mic Your Headphones!

Sometimes, getting that narrow-band, old-transistor-radio type tone is just what a song needs. Many EQ and filter plug-ins offer some kind of "telephone" setting, but if you want to have some fun getting that effect... Read more »

PreSonus Universal Control 1.8 for AudioBox Interfaces

PreSonus has released Universal Control 1.8 and recommends it for all AudioBox interfaces. The new update adds: AudioBox Series interface support, including new Windows driver and firmware updates for AudioBox VSL... Read more »

How to Use Facebook to Promote Your Shows

CD Baby presents a free downloadable guide that will help you get the most out of Facebook to promote your events. Creating Effective Facebook Events: Fourteen rules to get more people to your shows is for anyone... Read more »

How to Get Better Results with a Speaker Emulator

Sometimes when recording, you just can't let your amp blast through a cabinet; you have to record "silently." The mic- and speaker-emulated outputs on some amps can be invaluable in this situation, allowing you to... Read more »

What is the Difference between Word Clock and Clock Sync?

Every digital device has an internal clock that determines when each sample should be captured (recorded) or reconstructed (replayed). This is the "word clock" — a digital clock that governs the sample rate of... Read more »

PreSonus StudioLive AR Mixers Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb6jEWeRVhg Rick Naqvi from PreSonus presents the AR family of mixers. Learn more about AR series mixers here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SLAR12

How to Use a Subwoofer with a PA System

It takes a lot of energy to project low-frequency sound. This means that in a medium-sized or larger venue, it's easy for kick drums and low toms, synth bass, and bass guitar — especially low-tuned or 5- or... Read more »

How to Use Auto-panning for “Pseudo-stereo” Effects

If you have a mono sound that you wish to subtly spread across the stereo field, one creative trick is to use an auto-panner plug-in, such as Soundtoys PanMan, which lets you automatically pan a mono signal back and... Read more »

What is True Stereo versus Pseudo-stereo?

In terms of effects and processors, there are a number of terms that can apply to the "stereo-ness" of the signal. Consider these definitions: True Stereo — The stereo signal consists of two related channels... Read more »

What is the Difference Between Active and Passive Speakers?

The difference is that an active speaker has built-in active (electrically powered, battery or external AC) electronics, such as an active crossover and/or a built-in power amp. A passive speaker, on the other hand... Read more »

What is the Difference between a Balanced and a Ground-compensated Output?

Balanced connections use a 3-pin design consisting of three wires: a positive signal on one pin, negative signal on another pin, and ground on the third pin of the connector. The full signal strength is received by... Read more »

To Rack or Not to Rack

The '80s may have been the heyday of the "rack of doom"-style guitar rig, with huge, refrigerator-sized equipment racks filled with all sorts of processors. This resulted in something of a backlash against monster... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Vocalist’s Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians. Entitled The Vocalist's Guide to Recording, Rehearsing, and Performing: Care and Maintenance for Singers in Every Genre, this guide is... Read more »

Welcome Aston Microphones

We're pleased to welcome Aston Microphones to the Sweetwater family! Created using British engineering and unique processes, Aston mics are instantly recognizable. From the drawing board through fabrication to final... Read more »

Crank It Up, Turn Down the Bass Control

When you're playing your guitar parts by yourself at lower volumes, you'll probably want to turn your bass knob on your amp up to give your guitar full-bodied sound. However, when you're playing loud, especially in... Read more »

Mix Tip: More Exciting Bass

On some of the most popular listening devices, such as headphones, earbuds, and computer speakers, the ability to reproduce bass is severely limited, and too much low bass in a mix will overwhelm the music. However... Read more »

The Indie Artist’s Guide to Gigging

The latest FREE downloadable guide from our friends at Disc Makers is The Indie Artist's Guide to Gigging: Strategies for Booking, Promoting, and Thriving On Stage in Your Home Town and On the Road, a comprehensive... Read more »

How Often Should I Replace My Audio Cables?

Cables don't "wear out" in the same way that some components, such as vacuum tubes, do. In most cases, unless it is damaged or suffers wear from being coiled/uncoiled, stepped on, pulled, twisted, bent, or otherwise... Read more »