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4 Awesome Mic Stand Accessories

Having the right tools can change most any job from a chore to a breeze, sometimes drastically cutting the time required and yielding better results. Here are a few studio tools I've discovered that allow you to... Read more »

Recording Vocals on a Budget

We all dream of having a big-studio budget to buy the premium preamps and must-have microphones that everyone on the forums seems to own. When you're making room in your paycheck to carve out a bit of fun money... Read more »

Condenser Microphones: How Do They Work?

As opposed to simpler dynamic microphones, which are based on a moving coil (or other induction element) in a magnetic field, condenser microphones are based on variable capacitors, which makes sense when you know... Read more »

Ribbon Microphones: How Do They Work?

Many of the engineers here at Sweetwater believe that there are two types of engineers: those who love ribbon mics, and those who haven't discovered them yet. Ribbon mics weren't always the obscure forgotten... Read more »

USB Microphones: How Do They Work?

It used to be that if you wanted to record, you needed an audio interface, a decent preamp, and a microphone. Then along came USB microphones, which combine the microphone and the audio interface into a single handy... Read more »

7 Vocal Recording Mistakes You Can’t Fix in the Mix

"That's okay, we'll just fix it in the mix." That is not a phrase mix engineers want to hear. Ever. We all know there are things like tuning that can be fixed in the mix but there are some that can't, even with the... Read more »

7 Stereo Miking Techniques You Should Try

Engineers have been discovering unique techniques for recording in stereo for decades. Most of us are familiar with two or three techniques, but there are well over a dozen great methods to choose from, each with... Read more »

Digital Mixers: Recalling Presets Changes the Game

If you play a lot of shows and do your own sound, you know how difficult it can be to sound consistent from show to show. Every venue is different: different layout, different acoustics, different sound... Read more »

Branding for Musicians Workshop

Our friends at Disc Makers are hosting a free webinar on June 2 on a topic that is vital for all musicians: how to develop and promote a unique brand. Being successful in the music business as a musician is, of... Read more »

Music Icon Prince Passes

Prince Rogers Nelson, best known as simply "Prince," passed away suddenly April 21 at age 57. A native of Minnesota, Prince built a massive career based on his vision of music, production values, refusal to... Read more »

Dynamic Microphones: How Do They Work?

There are two major categories of microphones: dynamic mics and condenser mics. Whereas condenser microphones feature charged capsules that operate on the electrostatic principle, dynamic mics function via passive... Read more »

What is the Difference Between an Active and a Passive DI Box?

The most obvious difference is that passive DI boxes don't need to be powered. Active DI boxes require a power source, usually batteries or phantom power over an XLR jack. But the differences go deeper than that... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Guide: Recording Live Music

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians: Recording Live Music: Expert Advice to Record Your Live Gigs. This downloadable guide will tell you everything you need to know to... Read more »

Musikmesse Is Here!

Musikmesse, the huge annual music and pro audio trade show held in Frankfurt, Germany, is here — and needless to say, there is loads of new gear on display! Be sure to check out our Musikmesse trade show... Read more »

Country Legend Merle Haggard Passes

Merle Haggard, iconic country music singer/songwriter/musician, passed away today. He was 79 years old. Haggard's family was from Checotah, Oklahoma, but had moved to Bakersfield, California. He was born not long... Read more »

How to EQ for Open, Airy Mixes

You often hear people talking about "open" mixes that sound "airy" rather than mushy. Generally, "air" corresponds to those frequencies over 12kHz or so - the high, sparkly stuff. Many times when we mix, there tends... Read more »

Sweetwater Joins Industry in Rallying Behind New Audio Format

Sweetwater Sound, the No. 1 online retailer of music instruments and pro audio equipment in the U.S., has announced that they are partnering with major professional audio gear manufacturers and industry-leading... Read more »

What’s a “Line Check”?

A "line check" is the process of making sure that all of the microphones, cables, and direct boxes on stage are working before the show or soundcheck starts. You can do this by having an associate with a cable... Read more »

Live Sound Tip: Don’t Forget the Drum Mat

Not every venue will have a drum mat or rug for the drums to be set up on. It may not seem like a vital piece of a kit compared to the hardware, drums, cymbals, and percussion, but that lowly mat can be the... Read more »

Live Mix Compression: Use Carefully

When you're mixing in the studio, you can never have enough compression. One compressor is used for a couple of dB of compression on a track, then another compressor adds a couple of dB of compression on a bus, and... Read more »

Playing Well with Others – Teamwork Onstage

When you're playing music onstage, communication and cooperation are essential. When everyone is playing tight and really listening to one another, the groove is infectious. You hear your part in the larger context... Read more »

Cool Tool: Hand-held Recorder

In these days of computers, smartphones, and tablets, it's easier than ever to plug microphones into an audio interface or mixer, and send all the sources to your DAW of choice. But don't underestimate the value of... Read more »

Live Sound: Cable Organization

Nothing can ruin your set faster than tripping over cables — not only are cables a safety hazard for the performers, it's all too easy to pull over a piece of gear, break an input or output jack, or otherwise... Read more »

Major Firmware Update for MOTU Interfaces

MOTU has released the version 1.2.5 firmware update for the 1248, 8M, 16A, UltraLite AVB, and other latest-generation audio interfaces. The free, downloadable update offers significant new features including a new... Read more »