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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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What Is An Amp-Like Pedal?

Most good overdrive and distortion pedals are responsive to picking dynamics and guitar volume shifts. So how come certain distortion or overdrive pedals are billed as more "amp-like" than others? There are two aspects to this. Some pedals are labeled "amp-like" because in fact they are... Read more »

How to Dial In a New Overdrive Pedal

There's nothing quite like the sound of an overdrive or boost pedal that you've dialed in perfectly to get the tone you hear in your head. Getting there, however, can require a lot of trial and error, and knowing some basic tips on how to start can save a lot of time. Here are some suggestions... Read more »

EQ Effects Returns, Not Just Tracks

Using EQ to shape an audio signal is one of the primary tools in the mixing toolbox. But don't forget, you can EQ effects returns as well as audio tracks. Some effects come with tone-shaping filters or even a more full-featured EQ section, but even if they don't, that's no reason not to EQ the... Read more »

Can I Loop Record MIDI Playlists in Pro Tools?

Q: I'm recording a guitar part where I want to capture both the audio signal from the guitar and a MIDI signal from the Fishman TriplePlay system on the guitar at the same time into Pro Tools. I'm loop recording so that I can do a number of takes and then choose the best performance. When loop... Read more »

Celemony Updates Melodyne 4

Celemony has released Melodyne 4.1.1 to registered users. The new update adds the following: New Functions and Improvements The "Separate Note" command — This command separates notes automatically at a point determined by Melodyne. It is useful when you need to make precise cuts in a... Read more »

Can I Use the Fishman TriplePlay with iOS?

Q: Can I use the Fishman TriplePlay wireless MIDI guitar system with my iPad or will it only work with a computer? A: You can most certainly use the Fishman TriplePlay with an iOS device. All that is required is an Apple Camera Connection kit to make the TriplePlay's USB out compatible with... Read more »

Zoom Updates MS Series Pedals

Zoom has updated the firmware for their MS series of guitar and bass stompboxes. For the MS-70CDR MultiStomp, Firmware Version 2.0 offers 51 all-new effects, including classic effects such as Tremolo, Slicer, Octaver, Pitch Shifter, Slow Attack, Noise Gate, Exciter, and Envelope Filter. There's... Read more »

QSC Updates TouchMix Digital Mixer Firmware

QSC has released version 3.0 firmware for the TouchMix-8 and TouchMix-16 digital mixers and version 1.2 firmware for the TouchMix-30 Pro digital mixer. The new firmware updates bring a host of new features and capabilities to the TouchMix platform. The version 3.0 firmware for TouchMix-8 and... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases REAKTOR Blocks 1.3

Native Instruments has released a major update to REAKTOR Blocks. Version 1.3, first shown at the Superbooth show, introduces a new Blocks family, Kodiak. These five modules — two sequencers, one oscillator, a morphing filter, and an experimental noise generator — are not modeled on... Read more »

Avid Updates Sibelius and Sibelius First to Version 8.6

Avid has released the latest updates to Sibelius, their flagship notation software, and Sibelius First, its friendly sibling. The new version features bugfixes, general improvements, and the following enhancements: Create beautiful glides and slides that follow your every move with Magnetic... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Releases DrumCore 4.2

Sonoma Wire Works has updated DrumCore to version 4.2. The new release adds UI zooming: right-click anywhere to set the zoom factor between 50-100%. DrumCore 4 fits better on laptops and smaller screens. In addition, the new update includes the following enhancements and fixes: Load broadcast... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates KONTAKT to v5.6.8

Native Instruments has released KONTAKT 5.6.8, the latest update to their flagship sampler application. The update links the Add/Authorize Library buttons to Native Access, simplifying installation and authorization. As part of this change, all 3rd-party Kontakt Player libraries can now be... Read more »

Fishman Releases TriplePlay Software Update

Fishman has updated their TriplePlay software to version 1.4. The new version includes the following enhancements and bug fixes: New library folders in the patches window.MIDI thru to all plug-ins and external hardware.Multi-channel mono and single-channel poly modes can be selected on a... Read more »

Stereo Mic Mounts vs Two Mic Stands

When you have a good sounding room and good sounding audio source, miking in stereo can add a true sense of dimension and realism to your tracks. There a number of great recording techniques that use two microphones: XY stereo, MS stereo, and ORTF miking are very popular techniques, among... Read more »

UVI Releases Falcon v1.3

UVI has updated Falcon, their creative hybrid virtual instrument, to version 1.3. In addition to miscellaneous bug fixes, the new version features: A new Rotary effect.Support for AnaMark tuning in the Micro Tuner.Improved first transient handling in the IRCAM Stretch oscillator. The new update... Read more »

Novation Updates Circuit Firmware to v1.5

Novation has updated the firmware for their Circuit groovebox. The new firmware, version 1.5, brings four additions: Fractional Gate — the gate length for a note no longer has to equal one step, it can be shorter or longer, with six times the resolution.Synth Patch Preview — this... Read more »

Eventide H9 Update Adds PitchFuzz

Eventide has updated the H9 Harmonizer Effects Processor with a new effect, PitchFuzz. PitchFuzz combines fuzz, three pitch shifters and two delays for an amazing range of tonal shapes. PitchFuzz is something new; more than and different from a classic fuzz octaver. With a unique distortion... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE 2.6.5

Native Instruments has updated MASCHINE to version 2.6.5. The update introduces Ideas View, a new layout that lets users build Scenes by mixing and matching patterns independent of the timeline. MASCHINE users can use Ideas View to experiment with new beats, vamps, and fills, or audition... Read more »

Arturia Releases V Collection 5.3 Update

Arturia has released an update for their V Collection. V Collection 5.3 includes a new Arturia Software Center app for quick and easy updating of all the virtual instruments in the collection with one click. The update also includes over 200 new sounds and preset collections available in the... Read more »

Universal Audio Releases UAD v9.2 with New SSL 4000G Compressor Collection

Universal Audio has introduced two new plug-ins along with their new UAD v9.2 software: the Pure Plate Reverb and the SSL 4000 G Bus Compressor Collection for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces. The Pure Plate Reverb plug-in was designed to be a no-compromise version of this classic effect... Read more »