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Microphone Month 5

Recording News

Steven Slate Interviewed by Sweetwater

Mitch Gallagher is joined by Steven Slate, CEO of Slate Digital. He talks with Mitch about his early days creating drum sample collections, his work as a recording engineer, and what drives him to continue creating... Read more »

8 Best Mic Preamps for Recording Vocals

Ask a dozen engineers about their favorite console or mic preamp for vocals, and you'll get a dozen different answers. Everybody hears things differently and we all have different preferences, so the topic of "best"... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates GuitarTone, FourTrack, and StudioTrack iOS Apps

Sonoma Wire Works has updated all three of their iOS apps. The new updates include the following features and fixes: GuitarTone 2.10.2 Update Fixed issue where GuitarJack Model 2 appears as "not supported"Fixed hang... Read more »

Waves Updates SoundGrid Software and Hardware

Waves has made several updates to the various hardware and software components of the SoundGrid system. These updates and fixes include: SoundGrid Driver — Fixed installation issues on Windows.SoundGrid Driver... Read more »

Antelope Unveils Zen Studio+

Antelope Audio has reinvented their classic portable audio interface with new features and capabilities — the new Zen Studio+ has everything found in the original Zen Studio and much more! Like the Zen Studio... Read more »

How to Record Vocals in a Large Space

If you have access to a large space to record vocals and a couple of mics, you can get some fantastic results. Tony Visconti used a close mic and a distance mic on David Bowie to get the excellent vocal ambiance in... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE Software Update

Native Instruments has updated MASCHINE software to version 2.6. The new update brings features previously only available for MASCHINE JAM, and vice versa. MASCHINE 2.6 offers JAM's Variation Engine, which features... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates DrumCore to v4.1.0

Sonoma Wire Works has released DrumCore v4.1.0. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the update features seven dedicated stereo auxiliary outputs for busing sub-mix channels within a session. The full drum mix is... Read more »

Re-balance Your Mix After Adding Effects

It's usually obvious when you add or remove an effect such as distortion or compression — an effect that affects a track's or channel's volume — you'll also need to adjust the track's or channel's volume... Read more »

Drum Mic Shootout with Mike Johnston of MikesLessons.com

Mike Johnston of mikeslessons.com demonstrates the dual Audio-Technica 5045 drum microphone setup that he uses for his online lessons and shows some alternate setups ranging in price from $200 to $4500. Take a... Read more »

MOTU 624 Audio Interface Review by Sweetwater

Mitch Gallagher presents the MOTU 624 hybrid audio interface, which packs high-end sound, ultra-low latency, and generous I/O into a portable half-rack unit. ESS Sabre32 DAC technology delivers an impressive 123dB... Read more »

Disc Makers Releases Free Home Studio Handbook

Our friends at Disc Makers have published their latest free guide: The Home Studio Handbook! Aimed at anyone interesting in home recording, this guide provides information on everything you need to know about... Read more »

Editors’ Picks: Coolest New Gear of 2017… So Far

Here at Sweetwater we constantly scan the horizon looking for new and innovative products or vintage products come back to life. We look for awesome new gear that excites us — gear that we know our customers... Read more »

Digital Audio Labs LiveMix System Overview

Luke Vettel from Digital Audio Labs presents the LiveMix personal monitoring system. On top of world-class sound quality, LiveMix gives performers powerful control over their own 24-channel mixes, and even provides... Read more »

Royer R-122 MKII Ribbon Microphone Demo

John Jennings from Royer Labs presents the second generation R-122 ribbon microphone. This version packs the same impressive output and flexibility as the original R-122, with the addition of a 15dB pad and a bass... Read more »

Do I Need To De-Ess Vocal Tracks?

Q: How important is it to de-ess vocal tracks? A: Ultimately, the answer depends on how offensive sibilance is in your vocal tracks. If it's noticeable, then de-essing is a good idea. De-essers are just what they... Read more »

ATC SCM12 Pro Passive Monitors Reviewed

Mitch Gallagher presents the SCM12 Pro passive studio monitors from ATC. The ATC SCM12 Pro is a compact, high-performance 2-way passive studio monitor that employs the company's proprietary Constrained Layer Damping... Read more »

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 »