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inSync Tech Tips cover over 4,800 music and audio topics spanning 15 years of technological development. Look here to find answers to your tech questions, cool tips and tools for making music, and more.

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Propellerhead and macOS High Sierra Compatibility

Note: for complete, up-to-the-minute information on macOS High Sierra software compatiblity for music and audio software, visit SweetCare! Our friends at Propellerhead Software have released the following statement regarding compatibility of their software products with the latest macOS High... Read more »

Avid Upgrades Pro Tools to v12.8.1

Avid has released version 12.8.1 of Pro Tools, a free update for the studio-standard DAW software. The new version includes several feature enhancements as well as a long list of fixes, optimizations, and improvements in multiple categories. 12.8.1 RELEASE NOTES ENHANCEMENTS Support for... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE v2.6.8

Native Instruments has updated MASCHINE software to version 2.6.8. In addition to assorted bug fixes, the new version includes: Bass Synth for MASCHINE. This is MASCHINE's first internal synthesizer.On MASCHINE JAM, you can now program glides similar to a well-known bass synthesizer with an... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates REAKTOR and REAKTOR PLAYER

Native Instruments has released REAKTOR and REAKTOR PLAYER 6.2.0. In addition to assorted bug fixes, the new versions feature NKS mapping of third-party devices created with the REAKTOR platform. This provides automatic control mapping and integration of REAKTOR devices for MASCHINE and... Read more »

Users of Soundtoys 5.0.1 or Earlier Must Install iLok Update

Soundtoys has released the following statement: If you are running Soundtoys 5.0.1 or earlier and have not installed iLok License Manager version 3.1.6 or later, you must install a critical update to continue using your Soundtoys plug-ins. The quickest and easiest way to do this is to follow... Read more »

Orion Studio Update and Thunderbolt

Antelope Audio has released an update for the Orion Studio interface that offers three FPGA-powered, dead-on emulations of vintage compressors. The company has also released a statement about Thunderbolt issues for some users of this update. The update includes: FET-A78 — This... Read more »

Moog Updates Minitaur to v2.2

Moog has updated the firmware and editor for the Minitaur desktop bass synthesizer to version 2.2. The update includes a host of new user requested features, such as: Five new modulation sources — Tri, Sqr, Saw, Ramp, S&H, and Filter EG.Hard sync — Access a completely new sonic... Read more »

Steinberg Releases Wavelab 9.1.0

Steinberg has updated Wavelab to version 9.1.0. The update introduces more than 40 new presets . In addition, FR-64 support has been added to WaveLab Elements 9.1.0. In addition, nearly two dozen known bugs have been fixed. WaveLab 9.1.0 is a free update for all registered users.

Steinberg Updates Dorico to Version 1.1

Steinberg has released the most comprehensive update yet to Dorico, their flagship scoring application. Dorico 1.1 adds the following features: Support for chord symbols, which can be added via keyboard or MIDI.Enharmonic spelling during MIDI step input.Support for piano pedal lines.Support for... Read more »

Roland Updates VP-03 Firmware

Roland has released firmware version 1.0.4 for the VP—3 Vocoder. The update adds two new features: Sampling threshold — This specifies the audio level that automatically causes recording to begin. The higher the value, the higher the level at which recording starts. Pre-sampling time... Read more »

Important Information for Antares ATG Owners

Antares has issued the following statement: "As of August 31st, 2017, Antares will be discontinuing all Auto-Tune for Guitar products, including the ATG-1 Floor Processor, ATG Custom Luthier Installation Kit, and Software Feature Packs. "ATG users will be able to update their Software Feature... Read more »

Apogee Releases New Firmware for Ensemble Thunderbolt

Apogee Electronics has updated the firmware for their Ensemble Thunderbolt audio interface. The new firmware includes many new features: Eliminate latency with new Direct Monitoring feature in Logic Pro X 10.3.2 or greater.Connect two Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt interfaces to double available... Read more »

Antelope Audio Compressors for Orion 32+

Antelope Audio has released their new Realtime FPGA Vintage FX Compressors for the Orion 32+. These new compressors include: VCA160: Suitable for both "brick wall" and subtle pushing, VCA160 has been carefully modeled to preserve the character in both hard-knee and gentle low-ratio compression... Read more »

Korg Updates Pa4X OS

Korg has released version 2 operating system for the Pa4X Professional Arranger keyboard. The new update includes: Additional modern StylesAdditional sounds, including an all-new Italian Grand Piano, Church Organs, and Synth LeadsNew KAOSS FX; touchscreen-based morphing, reshaping and mixing of... Read more »

Kush Audio Updates Omega 458a

Kush Audio has released version 1.0.5 of Omega Transformer 458a virtual transformer emulation. The new update offers the following enhancements and fixes: Implemented major DSP optimizations to reduce CPU usage by 50%.Added a session-wide preference control for "Oversampling On/Off" toggle to... Read more »

Native Instruments MASCHINE 2.6.7 Hotfix

Native Instruments has issued the following statement: "We've recently noticed that some samples are not loading correctly when projects are opened and no warnings are given to alert the user of the issue. Today we're releasing MASCHINE 2.6.7 — a free update that fixes this bug. After... Read more »

Rob Papen Updates Predator 2

Rob Papen has updated Predator 2 to version 2.1.0.3. The new version includes the following updates and fixes: Option for big "User Waves" screenSample Analyze option, to create waveformsNew parallel mode for the filters, selectable in Osc-3New presets included:[002 EDM & Dance 01] [003 Synth... Read more »

Avid Updates Software for VENUE S6L

Avid has updated their software for the Avid VENUE S6L live sound system. VENUE 5.5 offers support for the Avid Stage 16 Remote I/O box for S6L, and new control-surface capabilities. Previously available for use solely with Avid VENUE S3L-X systems, the Stage 16 Remote I/O box is now supported... Read more »

Arturia Updates BeatStep Pro Firmware

Arturia has updated the Beatstep Pro firmware to version 2.0, with a number of new, powerful features, including: New Polyrhythm Mode — The new polyrhythm feature for the drum sequencer of the BeatStep Pro lets you to define different sequence lengths for each of its 16... Read more »

Soundcraft Updates Si Impact Firmware

Soundcraft has updated the firmware of their Si Impact mixer to version 2.0. The new firmware doubles the available mix channels: Now you can combine the 40 mix inputs on the Si Impact console plus all 32 USB inputs for 72 total channels to mix. Add one Soundcraft Mini Stagebox 32i or Mini... Read more »