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When to Use EQ on a Bus

In most cases, you want to use EQ on an individual track, to get it to sound right or to solve specific problems. But sometimes, your best bet is to strap an EQ across a bus so that the same EQ processes multiple... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases First SONAR Update of 2017

Cakewalk has released SONAR 2017.1, the first update for 2017. The new version includes the following new features: MIDI Note Chase — Play from wherever in a note to hear itThe Matrix now has editable cells... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates SESSION GUITARIST – STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 1

Native Instruments has released an update to SESSION GUITARIST - STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 1 that adds some of the new features developed for STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 2. The new features in STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 1.1 include: Use the... Read more »

2017 NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame Inductees

To honor the products that made the greatest historical contributions to the advancement of audio technology, the NAMM Foundation and the Museum of Making Music created the TECnology Hall of Fame to bring these... Read more »

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 »

Propellerhead Releases Reason 9.2 Update

Propellerhead has just updated Reason to version 9.2. In addition to bug fixes, the main focus of this release is that it introduces Software Development Kit (SDK) 2.5 to developers, which features: User sample... Read more »

iZotope Updates Neutron and Neutron Advanced

iZotope has released an update for Neutron and Neutron Advanced, bringing it to version 1.0.1. The update includes the following enhancements and bug fixes: CPU Optimizations Up to 20% performance improvement when... Read more »

Slate Digital VRS-8 Audio Interface at Winter NAMM 2017

Sweetwater stops by the Slate Digital booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the VRS-8 audio interface and the ML-2 modeling microphone. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017... Read more »

Slate Raven MTi Core Station at Winter NAMM 2017

Sweetwater stops by the Slate Digital booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the Raven MTi Core Station. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017 trade show here:... Read more »

Lynx Aurora (n) at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the Lynx booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the Aurora (n) AD/DA converter. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017 trade show here:... Read more »

Steinberg Cubase 9 at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the Steinberg booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out Cubase 9 DAW software. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017 trade show here:... Read more »

Aston Microphones Starlight at Winter NAMM 2017

Sweetwater stops by the Aston Microphones booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the Starlight laser-targeting microphone. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017 trade show here:... Read more »

JBL 7-series Reference Monitors at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher visits the JBL booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to learn about the 7-series of studio reference monitors. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017 trade show here:... Read more »

Compression or Automation?

Should you use compression or volume automation when you're mixing? The answer depends; both can be used to control dynamics. However, we think of it this way: Compression is great for taming peaks and unruly... Read more »

Mackie Big Knob Series at Winter NAMM 2017

Mitch Gallagher stops by the Mackie booth at Winter NAMM 2017 to check out the Big Knob series of monitor controllers and audio interfaces. After the video, see Sweetwater's complete coverage of the Winter NAMM 2017... 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 »

Neumann KH 80 DSP Studio Monitor Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Neumann KH80 powered studio monitors. Neumann's KH series established the world-renowned mic maker as an authority in the modern monitoring world, and they've done it again with their... Read more »

Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII Audio Interface Review

Mitch Gallagher presents the Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII audio interface, which debuted at Winter NAMM 2017. It improves on the acclaimed Apollo Twin with next-generation AD/DA converters for astonishingly wide... 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 »

Slate Digital Updates VerbSuite Classics

Slate Digital has released version 1.0.7.1 of VerbSuite Classics. In addition to several bug fixes, improvements in this version include: Added the Device Browser Added a Reset Reverb Parameters in the Configuration... 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 »

How To EQ Background Vocals

Few things are as frustrating as having perfect background vocal recordings that don't "sit" well in the mix. If you push the volume up, they start to mask the lead vocals, but if you pull them back, they fade away... Read more »

NAMM News: SSL Updates Sigma

Solid State Logic has updated their Sigma Remote Controlled Analogue Summing Mixer to version 2.1 software. The free update introduces Eucon control and three new AAX, Audio Units, and VST/VST3 format plug-ins. A... 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 »