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Tech Tips

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.

Computer Tech Tips

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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:... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more »

Waves Updates Plug-ins to v9.91

Waves has updated their plug-ins to version 9.91. In addition to fixing bugs, the new update includes the following enhancements: All plugins now have control mapping for Avid S3 and S6 control surfaces.H-EQ: New... Read more »

Peace of Mind: Uninterruptable Power Supply

Many people use an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) battery back-up power unit for their computer — basically a UPS is a battery that provides power when the AC from the wall is cut. With a UPS there's... Read more »