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inSync Tech Tips cover over 4,700 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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Should I Record to an External Hard Drive?

Q: I know that "traditionally" we've been told to record to a separate hard drive from the computer's system hard drive. Is this still necessary? My laptop's solid-state hard drive is smokin' fast, it seems like I... Read more »

Flux Loudness Management Software Now Includes AAX Version

Flux realtime and offline loudness management software now ships AAX DSP versions with all software purchases. If you already own the AAX version, you can get an additional authorization for free, so you can, for... Read more »

Wave Arts Tube Saturator Plug-in Updated to v2

Wave Arts has released Tube Saturator 2, the next version of their Tube Saturator plug-in. Version 2 retains the analog tube preamp simulation with 3-band Baxandall-type EQ from the first version, but for version 2... Read more »

Komplete Kontrol S-Series Controller Software Updated to Version 1.1

Native instruments has updated the software running their Komplete Kontrol S-Series controllers to version 1.1. New in this version: Route and record the MIDI output from Komplete Kontrol's Smart Play functions into... Read more »

Native Instruments Maschine Updated to Version 2.3

Native Instruments has released a free update to Maschine, bringing it to version 2.3. The new update is chock full of features and improvements: New cymbal drum synth and hi-hat engine New snare and tom drum synth... Read more »

PreSonus Releases Audiobox VSL Update for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

PreSonus have updated the Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite drivers for the AudioBox VSL series that resolves a firmware update failure issue with 1.3 build 5653. This driver update offers the following bug fixes: AudioBox... Read more »

Universal Audio Releases UAD Software Update v8.1

Universal Audio has included support for three new plug-ins in UAD software version 8.1. The new Neve 88RS channel strip plug-in replaces the legacy version, and includes Unison mic preamp modeling for use in the... Read more »

Q: How Should I Adjust Compressor Plug-in Settings?

DAWs these days give you amazing visual displays of your audio material. This has revolutionized the way that music can be edited and created. But you hear a lot of advice to "mix with your ears" and to "let your... Read more »

Blue Cat Audio Updates MB-7 Mixer plug-in to v2.5

Blue Cat Audio has released an update for their MB-7 seven-band multi-band mixing plug-in, bringing it to version 2.5. The update includes: Support for external side chain, which can be used by sub plug-ins on each... Read more »

Softube Announces Update for Console 1

Softube has announced a free update that's chock full of user requests to their Console 1 hybrid software/hardware mixing system. New to this update is a much-requested FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) frequency... Read more »

Cakewalk SONAR Updated

Cakewalk has updated SONAR with over 50 fixes, new content, and new features. New with this version: A new VocalSync Noise Filter has been addedDrum Maps have been improvedA completely new MIDI note management... Read more »

Rob Papen Predator-PL Updated

Synth guru Rob Papen has updated his virtual patch player Predator-PL new features include a new Unison Stereo Spread setting, a new global tuning option that lets you change the A4 tuning, and six new presets: 02... Read more »

Cool Tool: Gaffer Tape Mastery!

Gaffer tape is one of the essentials of life for musicians and live sound and recording engineers. But taping down cables is a drag — who wants to crawl around the floor in who-knows-what debris and sticky... Read more »

IK Multimedia Amplitube UA Supports Android devices

IK Multimedia, makers of the iRig UA hardware interface for Android devices, originally released Amplitube UA for a select number of Samsung devices. Now AmpliTube UA is compatible with any Android devices running... Read more »

Serato DJ Updated to v1.7.5

Serato has updated their popular Serato DJ software to version 1.7.5. In addition to a host of bug and stability fixes, this update includes support for the new Rane TTM57 mkII, improves CDJ support in HID mode, and... Read more »

Wave DNA Extends Liquid Rhythm Hardware and Software Compatibility

Wave DNA has updated its Liquid Rhythm standalone and plug-in rhythm composer to version 1.4.4. The flagship of this update is compatibility with iConPad and Livid Base 2 hardware controllers, and support for VST... Read more »

Nektar Updates Panorama’s Cubase Integration

Nektar have updated their Panorama Keyboard Controller's deep integration for Cubase to version 1.5. The upgrade includes a complete overhaul of the plug-in map engine, adding capabilities to handle dynamically... Read more »

Slate Digital Updates Virtual Mix Rack to v 1.0.10.4

Slate Digital has released Virtual Mix Rack v1.0.10.4 to all users. This build includes: Fix for the VCC Group Parameter (compatibility from VMR 1.0.8.18)You may now isolate the input and output gains from a... Read more »

How to Control SoundToys Little AlterBoy via MIDI

One of the tasty hidden features of SoundToys' Little AlterBoy is that you can map a MIDI keyboard to the Pitch knob of the plug-in. In Transpose and Quantize mode, using Mix, you can key in harmonies. In Robot... Read more »

What is the Difference between a Balanced vs Unbalanced Audio Signal?

The difference between balanced and unbalanced audio signals has to do with the design of the audio circuit. A balanced audio circuit, like the XLR inputs on a pro audio rack processor, has both positive (+) and... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases new Cambridge Update for SONAR

Cakewalk has released the "Cambridge" update for all three versions of SONAR: Sonar Artist, Sonar Professional, and Sonar Platinum. The new update offers: New built-in MIDI controller/keyboardMix Recall features... Read more »

Blue Cat Audio Updates PatchWork to 1.7

Blue Cat Audio has updated its PatchWork universal plug-in host software to version 1.7. The new version features: The Effect version now offers an external side chain input The Synth version offers up to 16 output... Read more »

How to Effectively Use Tape and Tube Simulation

Tape and tube simulation plug-ins such as Avid's Reel Tape Saturation for Pro Tools, are increasingly popular for lending digital tracks a more organic feel, and to help "glue" a mix together by smoothing out rough... Read more »

IK Multimedia Releases v3.5 of SampleTank

IK Multimedia has updated SampleTank to version 3.5. This new version includes features requested by users, such as a new "favorite" system with star ratings, the ability to browse the instrument library by using... Read more »