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Small Amp, Big Tone

Think you need a monstrously huge amp to create a big guitar tone? Not necessarily. These days, there are low-wattage (15W or less) amps that sound like huge stadium beasts both in the room and when recorded. The... Read more »

7 Tips for Guitarists Using In-ears

You're finally happy with the sound coming from your guitar amp, now it's time to mic it up and send it back through your in-ear monitors so you can hear it onstage. Somehow, though, from your amp to your in-ears... Read more »

David Bowie Passes

David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie, has passed away after an 18-month battle with liver cancer. His death comes two days after the release of his latest album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday. A native... Read more »

3 New Waves Live Sound Plug-ins

Waves has introduced three affordable new eMo live-sound plug-ins that are perfect companions for the just-announced eMotion LV1 live digital mixer: eMo Q4 EQ — a 4-band paragraphic equalizer that can be used... Read more »

Waves Announces LV1 Mixer

Waves has unveiled the eMotion LV1, a revolutionary new live mixing console. The eMotion LV1 is being heralded as a harbinger of a new era in live sound mixing for front of house, monitors, and broadcast. Based on... Read more »

Waves Discontinues TDM Support

Waves has released the following statement regarding their support for the TDM plug-in format: "As of January 2016, Waves will stop supporting the TDM format. Any plug-ins installed or updated via the Waves Central... Read more »

How Hi-Z is High Enough?

Electric guitars with passive pickups will always sound better through a "hi-Z," or high-impedance input. This is because you want to plug your guitar into an amplifier, direct box, preamp, or audio interface that... Read more »

Best of 2015: Sweetwater’s Top Artist Interview

What was the most-watched Sweetwater artist interview video for 2015? And the winner is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slfzjawcvUg Popular runners up include: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsDSB5AxOrQ... Read more »

Happy New Year!

From everyone here at Sweetwater's inSync, best wishes for a safe, happy, prosperous, and musical 2016!

Best of 2015: Sweetwater’s Top Pro Audio Videos

What was the most-watched Sweetwater pro audio video for 2015? And the winner is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sacs9vy56VA Popular runners up include: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE8--QY4bGQ... Read more »

How to Boost, Compress, and Tweak the Bass for Added Punch

Mixing bass guitar is always a challenge. Too much bass can muddy the mix, eat up headroom, and drown out everything else. But too little bass can make a mix sound thin, not to mention that a lot of a song's energy... Read more »

Happy Holidays!

From all of us at Sweetwater's inSync, best wishes for a safe and joy-filled holiday!

What are the Differences Between Plate and Spring Reverbs?

Plate and spring reverbs are in some ways very similar devices but they are quite different in sound. A plate reverb is a thin sheet of metal, suspended via springs (or sometimes clamps) under tension inside a rigid... Read more »

Mackie Releases Master Fader v4.0

Mackie has released the latest version of Master Fader, the free control app for their popular DL32R, DL1608 and DL806 digital mixers. The new version features the addition of a real time analyzer (RTA) on each... Read more »

Allen & Heath Announces Qu Chrome Mixers

The new Allen & Heath Qu Chrome mixers bring even more power to the Qu-series mixer family! There are three new members in the family: Qu-16 Chrome, Qu-24 Chrome, and Qu-32 Chrome. On the surface, the first thing... Read more »

Why Are Bass Amps So High Wattage Compared to Guitar Amps?

A quick browse of available guitar amps reveals that while most guitar amps fall in the 15-watt to 100-watt range, most bass amps tend to be 100 to 500 watts or even higher. Bass amps generally need more power than... Read more »

Shape Your Transients!

Sonnox has announced Oxford Envolution, a new frequency-dependent transient shaper plug-in. Available in native or DSP-driven formats for AAX, VST, and Audio Units on Mac and PC, Envolution allows you to boost or... Read more »

7 Gifts That Will Fit in a Stocking

It's that time of year — gift-giving season is upon us! (And don't forget, gift season also means gift receiving!) Don't procrastinate, get your wish list ready now for your friends and family. If you need... Read more »

8 Easy Ways to Control Snare Buzz

If you play acoustic drums, you know snare buzz is a fact of life — it's simply part of the sound. All of the drums and cymbals feed off of each other to create the natural sound of a drum kit. In a live... Read more »

10 Gig Bag Essentials

There's nothing worse than getting to a gig, session, or rehearsal and finding out that you forgot something, or that something you needed wasn't included in your gig bag. One way to avoid this nightmare situation... Read more »

Income Tax Planning for Musicians

If you're in the business of creating, performing, or recording music, there are steps you can take to make the most of your year-end gear purchases and potential tax deductions. But you need to wrap these up by... Read more »

Win Big in the Annual GearFest Raffle from pureMix

Our friends at pureMix have launched their annual GearFest raffle — and you could win big! But there's more to this raffle than just a chance to win great prizes. Each entrant in the raffle qualifies to view... Read more »

AES Co-founder Passes

Norman Pickering, a co-founder and the first secretary of the AES (Audio Engineering Society), has passed away. During his career, Pickering researched violin strings, bows, and violin acoustics, though he was best... Read more »

Kemper Releases Profiler OS 3.2

Kemper has released Kemper Profiler and Profiling Amp Operating System Version 3.2. The new version adds a number of enhancements, with the main feature being Kemper's new Pure Cabinet technology. This can remove or... Read more »