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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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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 »

Bitwig Studio Updated to v2.1

After a public beta run, Bitwig has officially released Bitwig Studio 2.1. This new update brings bug fixes, enhancements, and new features: A new Amp device is addedMIDI Clock Slave functionality lets you sync up Bitwig Studio 2.1 to external software and hardware clocksTwo new note effect... Read more »

Finding Your Tube Amp’s “Sweet Spot”

Nearly every tube amp has a "sweet spot" — a point at which the tubes are cooking but not pushed too hard, the guitar sustains, has good dynamics, and a full, rich tone. But it's not the same for every amp; some amps are meant to have everything dimed, and sound their best really pushed... Read more »

How Many Takes Should I Record?

As many as you need, and no more. In all seriousness, modern DAWs let you record as many takes of the same part as you want, but there definitely is a point of diminishing returns. First, unless you are purely improvising, you should rehearse your parts so that you can play them straight... Read more »

What is the Ideal Level to Record Tracks into a DAW?

The general consensus is, hot enough to take advantage of the digital resolution available while not so hot that the signal clips or you have problems later, during mixdown. For dynamic tracks, the recommended level — offering a good compromise between resolution, strong output, and... Read more »

Rein in the Reverb

Reverb is an integral part of near every finished recording. It creates space in the mix, and ambience and body for individual instruments. For some types of sound design, a huge, cavernous reverb is an integral part of the overall sound. When playing live, however, consider pulling back on the... Read more »

What are “Matched” Power Tubes?

In general, there's a lot of variation in current draw from one tube to another, even when the tubes are the same type. This has an impact how they'll respond in your tube amp — and could cause diminished performance if the amp is designed to work best with tubes of the same current draw... Read more »

Powered Mixer, Powered Speaker, or Power Amp?

Q: I see powered mixers, powered speakers, and power amps for PAs. I'm a bit confused which do I need? Does everything need to be powered? A: What we're referring to here is an amplifier for driving PA speakers. These days, that amplifier can be built into the mixer or the speaker itself, or it... Read more »

Kush Audio Updates Electra DSP

Kush Audio has released an update to their Electra DSP modeled EQ plug-in. The new version, 1.0.5, is all about CPU efficiency; the new version is up to 75% more CPU efficient than the previous version, with no loss or difference in sound quality. The v1.0.5 Electra DSP update is free for all... Read more »

Genelec Updates GLM to v2.2

Genelec has released version 2.2 of their GLM (Genelec Loudspeaker Manager) software. GLM 2.2 offers improved management and connectivity options for all models of Genelec Smart Active Monitoring studio monitors and subwoofers. The new version means that up to 40 monitors can be integrated for... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases SONAR 2017.04 Update

Continuing their tradition of monthly updates, Cakewalk has released a new SONAR update. SONAR 2017.04 Platinum features a new Transform Tool in the Controller pane, which provides a new way to edit in the Controller pane. It has two main modes, Hard (Default) and Soft. These each control the... Read more »

Korg Adds MIDI Over Bluetooth LE Support to Windows Drivers

Korg has updated their Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) MIDI drivers. The new version 1.12 lets Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users connect wirelessly with any of the MicroKEY Air 25, 37, 49, and 61, as well as nanoKEY Studio and nanoKONTOL Studio controllers. This update is a free download to all... Read more »

AmpliTube for iOS Adds New Free Emulations In All Versions

With the latest update of IK Multimedia's AmpliTube for iOS, version 4.4 includes more free gear with every version. AmpliTube CS has been increased to three amps and seven stompboxes, AmpliTube LE now offers three amps and nine stompboxes, and the flagship AmpliTube Full version includes eight... Read more »

Antelope Audio Firmware Update includes 5 New Compressors

Antelope Audio continues to expand their library of Realtime FPGA Vintage FX for their audio interfaces. This update focuses on recreations of vintage analog compressors. In addition, the number of simultaneous instances of compressors has been increased from four to a maximum of up to 32. (The... Read more »

Slate Announces Major DAW Compatibility Updates for RAVEN

Slate Media Technology has released new firmware for their Raven series of multi-touch mixing workstations. The big news is Cubase and Nuendo support for Windows 10, but this update is filled with great new features! Raven version 3.3 firmware includes the following: Cubase and Nuendo support... Read more »