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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 »

Disc Makers offers Music Release 101 Course

Looking to release your own music to your fans? Like to maybe sell some copies or get some notice? Then you need this new FREE 5-day e-mail course from our friends at Disc Makers! Just sign up — did we mention... Read more »

Apogee Updates Element Control App

Apogee has released a free software update for their Element Control app for Mac and iOS. This app, designed exclusively for the Element Thunderbolt audio interfaces, now features a new talkback features which can... Read more »

How to Add Depth to Delay with Reverb

Here's a method for adding depth to and mellowing out the character of a delay effect: Insert a reverb plug-in after a delay plug-in on a channel strip or aux channel in your DAW. Keep the reverb decay short, and... Read more »

2017 Winter NAMM Rumors: CONFIRMED

Sure, the Holidays are nice, but every musician knows that the real winter magic happens at the annual NAMM Show. This is the music industry's largest platform for launching new, innovative tech and gear and before... Read more »

Cut the Mud

In most popular music, electric bass generates much of the punch and bottom end, working in conjunction with the kick drum. Because of this, it stands to reason that you want to have as much low end in your bass... Read more »

Winter NAMM 2017 Sneak Preview!

The big annual Winter NAMM trade show is just around the corner, and we're expecting an amazing array of new product introductions at this year's show! But why wait until the show opens to start learning about... Read more »

Dueling Drummers: Nick D’Virgilio and Mike Johnston of MikesLessons.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgus-9_jNz0 Find out what happens when two world class drummers join forces in the Sweetwater Performance Theatre. Sweetwater's Nick D'Virgilio is joined by Mike Johnston of... Read more »

Mitch Gallagher’s Top Pro Audio & Music Gear Picks of 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PcfpDnNIes Join Mitch Gallagher as he looks back at some of the great music gear and audio equipment from 2016. These are just a few of the most notable new products of 2016 - enjoy... Read more »