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How to Dial In a New Overdrive Pedal

There's nothing quite like the sound of an overdrive or boost pedal that you've dialed in perfectly to get the tone you hear in your head. Getting there, however, can require a lot of trial and error, and knowing... Read more »

Plug-ins vs. Hardware — Which Should You Choose?

Want to see something entertaining? Get a handful of recording enthusiasts and put them in a room. Then ask them which is better: plug-ins or hardware. The anarchy that follows is guaranteed to be entertaining... Read more »

Two New Plug-ins from Softube

Softube has introduced two exciting new products. First up, we have Tape, a sonically versatile, easy-to-use tape emulation plug-in. Tape offers three types of reel-to-reel tape machine emulations: a classic Swiss... Read more »

UVI Introduces BeatBox Anthology 2

For many styles of music, vintage and modern beat boxes totally establish the vibe and provide the foundation. Now you can have 111 machines right on your Mac or PC with UVI's new BeatBox Anthology 2. We're talking... Read more »

EQ Effects Returns, Not Just Tracks

Using EQ to shape an audio signal is one of the primary tools in the mixing toolbox. But don't forget, you can EQ effects returns as well as audio tracks. Some effects come with tone-shaping filters or even a more... Read more »

Best Gear for Podcasting

With thousands of podcasts already covering nearly every niche imaginable, and room for still countless more, podcasting has never been a more viable medium. What's more, you'll find all kinds of great recording... Read more »

Interview with St. Vincent

Her self-titled album won a 2015 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. Her music has been described as "bold and almost jarringly confident." In 2016, she worked with Ernie Ball to design a signature series of... Read more »

Can I Loop Record MIDI Playlists in Pro Tools?

Q: I'm recording a guitar part where I want to capture both the audio signal from the guitar and a MIDI signal from the Fishman TriplePlay system on the guitar at the same time into Pro Tools. I'm loop recording so... Read more »

Celemony Updates Melodyne 4

Celemony has released Melodyne 4.1.1 to registered users. The new update adds the following: New Functions and Improvements The "Separate Note" command — This command separates notes automatically at a point... Read more »

Propellerhead Reason 9.5 DAW Software Reviewed – Now Supports Plug-ins!

Here's a reason to celebrate: now you can enhance your Reason sessions with any plug-in you want! Faster, sleeker, and more intuitive than ever, Reason 9.5 adds VST plug-in support to the legendary DAW's acclaimed... Read more »

Arturia AudioFuse Audio Interface Reviewed

The Arturia AudioFuse is a next-gen USB audio interface designed to optimize workflow, connectivity, latency, and sound quality. Built on a meticulously designed, symmetrical audio chain, the 14 x 14 AudioFuse rocks... Read more »

Vintage AKG C12 vs. New Telefunken C12 Mic Comparison

What's the sonic difference between a brand-new Telefunken C12 microphone compared to a vintage original AKG C12? Join Mitch Gallagher as we put them up against each other, featuring vocalists Nick D'Virgilio and... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases REAKTOR Blocks 1.3

Native Instruments has released a major update to REAKTOR Blocks. Version 1.3, first shown at the Superbooth show, introduces a new Blocks family, Kodiak. These five modules — two sequencers, one oscillator, a... Read more »

Avid Updates Sibelius and Sibelius First to Version 8.6

Avid has released the latest updates to Sibelius, their flagship notation software, and Sibelius First, its friendly sibling. The new version features bugfixes, general improvements, and the following enhancements:... Read more »

A First Timer’s Guide to GearFest

GearFest 2017 has almost arrived (register here for FREE)! In a matter of weeks, more than 14,000 music fans will descend on the Sweetwater campus for two full days of workshops, performances, product demos — and of... Read more »

Bettermaker Mastering Limiter Overview

The Bettermaker Mastering Limiter, as does all the company's gear, features a pure analog signal path — plus full digital recall. You have 399 cells for your own presets, which you can recall instantly with one... Read more »

Telefunken Vintage ELA M 250E vs. New ELA M 251E Mic Comparison

What's the sonic difference between a brand-new Telefunken ELA M 251E microphone compared to a vintage original Telefunken ELA M 250E? Join Mitch Gallagher as we put them up against each other, featuring vocalists... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Releases DrumCore 4.2

Sonoma Wire Works has updated DrumCore to version 4.2. The new release adds UI zooming: right-click anywhere to set the zoom factor between 50-100%. DrumCore 4 fits better on laptops and smaller screens. In... Read more »

12 Father’s Day Gifts for Musicians

Ties and cologne are sock drawer fodder. Grilling tools? He's got every flipper, scraper, slicer, and nipper he'll ever need. Finding the perfect Father's Day gift can be hard — unless your dad is a musician. Then... Read more »

Sweetwater Interviews Michael League of Snarky Puppy

In the midst of a world tour, Michael League from Snarky Puppy took some time to visit Sweetwater and join Mitch Gallagher for this interview. Find out how a world tour is even possible with dozens of performers... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates KONTAKT to v5.6.8

Native Instruments has released KONTAKT 5.6.8, the latest update to their flagship sampler application. The update links the Add/Authorize Library buttons to Native Access, simplifying installation and... Read more »

Interview with Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet, guitarist for Stryper, visited Sweetwater to hold a workshop on his signature ISP Technologies Theta Pro guitar processor. From rich cleans to the highest gains, the Michael Sweet Theta Pro DSP has... Read more »

Fishman Releases TriplePlay Software Update

Fishman has updated their TriplePlay software to version 1.4. The new version includes the following enhancements and bug fixes: New library folders in the patches window.MIDI thru to all plug-ins and external... Read more »

Mics of the Masters

There are a lot of fantastic mics out there. As a matter of fact, Sweetwater carries more than 90 different microphone brands. With that many choices, knowing which mic is best for you can be intimidating... Read more »