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Native Instruments Announces Maschine Jam

Native Instruments has unveiled the Maschine Jam production and performance system, the latest member of the Maschine family. Designed for music creation in the studio and onstage, Maschine Jam combines an 8x8... Read more »

How to Create a “Mic Room” for Kick Drum Mics

Getting a clean kick drum sound is the Holy Grail of drum recording. Therefore, it's important to minimize bleed from other drums as much as possible. One trick is to isolate the kick drum mic with a "fort" made of... Read more »

10 Tips for Making a Great Record

There are lists, tips and suggestions for ways to improve your recordings. This list is for those who don't just want to make a record — they want to make a great record. 1. Develop your artistic vision, and commit... Read more »

Creative Recording: Mic Your Headphones!

Sometimes, getting that narrow-band, old-transistor-radio type tone is just what a song needs. Many EQ and filter plug-ins offer some kind of "telephone" setting, but if you want to have some fun getting that effect... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates DrumCore to v4.0.11

Sonoma Wire Works has released a bugfix update to their drum instrument, DrumCore 4. The new version, 4.0.11, fixes an incorrect sample rate issue in Sonar X3, a WAV file naming and default folder issue when... Read more »

Aston Microphones Halo Reflection Filter Overview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyb8RVd0B_E James Young from Aston Microphones presents the Halo Reflection Filter. The unique, patented shell-shape design wraps around the top, bottom, and sides of your mic for... Read more »

Aston Microphones Origin Condenser Microphone Overview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38kVtYtuG6c James Young from Aston Microphones presents the Origin condenser mic. The Origin features Aston's signature wave-form mesh head which not only looks cool, but provides... Read more »

Aston Microphones Spirit Condenser Microphone Overview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aohk-oi1M-c James Young from Aston Microphones presents the Spirit condenser mic. Cardioid, omni, and figure-8 patterns, plus a 10/20dB pad and 80Hz highpass filter make this mic an... Read more »

PreSonus Universal Control 1.8 for AudioBox Interfaces

PreSonus has released Universal Control 1.8 and recommends it for all AudioBox interfaces. The new update adds: AudioBox Series interface support, including new Windows driver and firmware updates for AudioBox VSL... Read more »

Blue Announces USB Studio Series

Blue Microphones has announced a new family of all-in-one recording systems, featuring the company's popular USB microphones bundled with recording software and custom, quick-start templates — some of which... Read more »

PreSonus Releases Notion 6

The latest version of PreSonus' Notion notation and composition software for Mac and PC is now available. Among the new features in Notion 6 are tighter integration with PreSonus' Studio One DAW, ReWire MIDI... Read more »

Shure MOTIV Series Overview by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNb1v8m0tnc Soren Pedersen from Shure presents the MOTIV series of microphones and audio interfaces. These compact mics deliver studio-quality sound for convenient recording on your... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases SONAR 2016.08 Update

Calkwalk has released the 2016.08 update for SONAR Artist, SONAR Professional, and SONAR Platinum. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the update includes the following new features: In the Plug-in Browser, users can... Read more »

How to Use Facebook to Promote Your Shows

CD Baby presents a free downloadable guide that will help you get the most out of Facebook to promote your events. Creating Effective Facebook Events: Fourteen rules to get more people to your shows is for anyone... Read more »

Mojave Audio MA-50 Microphone Demo by Sweetwater Sound

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUm0IAR3KkU Dusty Wakeman from Mojave Audio presents the MA-50 condenser microphone. The MA-50 delivers expensive-sounding performance, using the same capsule as Mojave's popular... Read more »

How to Get Better Results with a Speaker Emulator

Sometimes when recording, you just can't let your amp blast through a cabinet; you have to record "silently." The mic- and speaker-emulated outputs on some amps can be invaluable in this situation, allowing you to... Read more »

What is the Difference between Word Clock and Clock Sync?

Every digital device has an internal clock that determines when each sample should be captured (recorded) or reconstructed (replayed). This is the "word clock" — a digital clock that governs the sample rate of... Read more »

How to Master Tracks in Ozone

Sweetwater recently was privileged to have a visit from renowned mastering engineer, Jonathan Wyner, who sat down with our own Mitch Gallagher for a 6-part video series demonstrating how to use iZotope Ozone for... Read more »

PreSonus StudioLive AR Mixers Demo by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb6jEWeRVhg Rick Naqvi from PreSonus presents the AR family of mixers. Learn more about AR series mixers here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SLAR12

TASCAM DR-100 mkIII Handheld Digital Recorder Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kqc23fDEUjU Mitch Gallagher presents the TASCAM DR-100 mkIII portable recorder. Loaded with high-performance AKM Velvet Sound AK4558 digital converters (up to 192kHz) and low-noise... Read more »

How to Use Auto-panning for “Pseudo-stereo” Effects

If you have a mono sound that you wish to subtly spread across the stereo field, one creative trick is to use an auto-panner plug-in, such as Soundtoys PanMan, which lets you automatically pan a mono signal back and... Read more »

How to Record Drums Video Series

If you're looking to up your game when recording drums, you need to check out this video series, put together by Mark Hornsby, Director of Sweetwater Studios, and featuring Nick D'Virgilio on drums. The videos... Read more »

Mastering Tracks with iZotope Ozone: Getting Started (Part 1)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfbHoFGTrWA Mitch Gallagher sits down with mastering engineer Jonathan Wyner to talk about mastering tracks with iZotope Ozone software. In this video, Jonathan discusses getting... Read more »

Mastering Tracks with iZotope Ozone: Setting Initial Levels (Part 2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Dyxd_e_WxM Mitch Gallagher sits down with mastering engineer Jonathan Wyner to talk about mastering tracks with iZotope Ozone software. In this video, Jonathan discusses setting... Read more »