Aug 222018

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 — Fort Wayne, IN – Sweetwater Studios, the multi room, world-class recording facility owned by music retailer Sweetwater Sound, will host a three-day hands-on Pro Tools master class taught by Sweetwater Studios Producer/Engineer and Pro Tools Expert Nathan Heironimus. The master class, which will occur between September 13 and September 15, offers a chance for recording enthusiasts of all skill levels to increase their knowledge of Pro Tools and learn valuable tips and tricks from an experienced studio veteran.

The agenda for the master class takes a high-level approach to Pro Tools and involves students in a hands-on methodology from the onset. Day 1 focuses on session preparation, work flow, and identifying and understand the proper tools for each project. It will also dive into the customization features of the Pro Tools workflow and teach students how to customize the software to work for their needs.

Day 2 immerses students in the mixing process, putting together a rough mix of a session and using compression, EQ, and FX to polish it for mastering. It will also introduce students to the variety of automation features in Pro Tools in order to work efficiently and smoothly without missing crucial details.

Day 3 has students working on their own projects to apply the lessons learned in the previous two days with one on one help from Heironimus.

  • Who: Sweetwater Studios and Producer/Engineer Nathan Heironimus
  • What: Pro Tools Master Class
  • Where: Sweetwater Studios, 5501 US Highway 30 West, Fort Wayne, IN
  • When: Thursday, September 13 to Saturday, September 15 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

“It’s really exciting to host a class like this at Sweetwater Studios,” Heironimus said. “Pro Tools is such a deep program that it can be a bit intimidating at times to even experienced engineers, so being able to take students through the process from project start to finish is always useful. Not only that but learning these skills hands on will let students jump right into to making their own projects which is always my favorite thing to see as a teacher and mentor.”

Sweetwater Studios: Attracting versatile professionals

Heironimus has chaired workshops and mentored students at Ball State University, Berklee College of Music, and the Recording Workshop among others. He also has lent his engineering and producing talents to a wide variety of projects, from jazz greats like John McLaughlin and Chick Corea to rock and pop artists such as Fastball, Collective Soul, and Ingrid Michaelson.

Registration is just $995 per person and includes:

  • Three full days of learning sessions in Sweetwater Studios, including lunches
  • Dinner with Nathan
  • Pro Tools 101 by Frank D. Cook
  • Copies of all session files
  • Lodging for three nights
  • Certificate of completion

To register, please email or call (800) 386-6434. To learn more, please visit

About Sweetwater Studios

Sweetwater Studios is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sweetwater Sound, Inc., the largest online music instrument retailer in the country. With three world-class studios designed by Russ Berger and access to a greater diversity of musical equipment and professional audio gear than any other recording studio in the world, Sweetwater Studios is able to accommodate just about any recording, mixing or mastering project, no matter how simple or complex. With renowned staff producer Mark Hornsby at the helm, who has worked on many Grammy-award winning albums, Sweetwater Studios also has an exceptional staff of producers, engineers, session musicians and studio technicians. For more information on Sweetwater Studios, please visit

Sweetwater Studios to Host Pro Tools Master Class with Producer/Engineer Nathan Heironimus
Source: Guitar Player

Aug 212018

To the great delight of many guitarists, Supro has successfully revamped its popular vintage amp line. To make players even happier, the company has set about reimagining some of its original designs to incorporate features that better suit the needs of modern players. All the while Supro are ensuring these modern incarnations retain the essential elements of that irresistible lightning-bolt style and tone.

Among the latest models to receive a thoughtful revision are the 1695RTH Black Magick Reverb head and 1790 Black Magick 1×12 speaker cabinet. The Black Magick name derives from a favorite Supro combo of Jimmy Page’s, frequently used on Led Zeppelin studio dates and which is currently on loan to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The head reviewed here takes the corner-stone dual 6973 output tubes, that power the most revered original Supros, and wraps them in a package that affords more flexibility for the guitarist who works a range of stage and studio dates. Additions to the existing Black Magick layout include a two-knob EQ, a tube-driven reverb and a master-volume control, although the model’s bias-modulating Tremolo is retained. Another nifty upgrade from the original Valco-made Supro models is the 1+2 input, which internally jumpers the two channels to produce the popular boost and voicing traditionally achieved with a short jumper cable. I tested the head with the matching 1×12 cab, but other options include the Black Magick 1×15 and 2×12 extension cabs, or you can pair it with a cab of your choice.

Many players mistakenly think of 6973 tubes as being similar to EL84s because they use the same nine-pin sockets and are housed in similar-sized bottles. In fact, they sound very different and have a signature tone that can’t be achieved with another commonly available output tube. This is perhaps best heard in their meaty, muscular midrange drive, good balance throughout the audio spectrum and surprisingly punchy, bold performance for their total wattage rating. Inside, the Black Magick Reverb displays the rugged PCB construction that we’ve seen from other models in the rejuvenated line. The partially open-back cab is made from void-free poplar, measures 20.5 by 18.75 by 8.75 inches and is loaded with a 12-inch British-voiced Supro BD12 speaker at 8Ω and 75 watts power handling.

Tested with a Gibson Custom Shop 1958 Les Paul Reissue with humbuckers and a Novo Serus J with P-90s. This new Supro rig delivered a tone that was throaty, bold and commanding, with an appealingly raw edge to the breakup when cranked. But there’s a ton of headroom available too, which might surprise players unfamiliar with this Supro format. For those wanting more controllable grind, the master is a major bonus; otherwise, this thing is a loud 25 watts, for sure. Thick, thumping and somewhat warm leaning, it has enough sparkle when you need it to jangle and chime. It’s the essence of garage rock but makes a punchy contender, within the band mix, for just about any breed of rock and roll.

Thanks to these characteristics, the new Black Magick is a great platform to push over the top with your favorite drive pedals. It loved the TS9 Tube Screamer, Wampler Tumnus Deluxe and JHS Angry Charlie that I tested it with. The reverb sounds great and the trem is particularly sweet and evocative. All in all, the Black Magick Reverb proved an appealing and well-designed rig, and one that stands out onstage as a stunning piece of equipment.



1695RTH Black Magick Reverb

PRICE $1,129 street
CONTROLS Vol 1, vol 2, treb, bass, verb, speed, depth, master
POWER 25 watts
TUBES Four 12AX7s, one 12AT7, two 6973 output tubes
EXTRAS Footswitch for tremolo and reverb, dual outputs for 4 ohms and 8 ohms, and single output for 16 ohms
SPEAKER 1790 Black Magick 1×12 cabinet ($485 street)
WEIGHT Head, 28 lbs; cab, 32 lbs
KUDOS Captures the classic Supro punch and grind with several well-conceived updates for modern players
CONCERNS The tubes might be a touch tricky for some users to replace, due to the inset socket mounts

Review: Supro 1695RTH Black Magick Reverb
Source: Guitar Player