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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.

Computer Tech Tips

Avid Updates Pro Tools to Version 12.2

Avid has updated the latest version of Pro Tools to version 12.2. The new version includes bug fixes as well as enhancements to VCA Masters, Disk Caching, Advanced Metering, Gain Reduction Metering, and new Avid... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases “Hopkinton” Update for SONAR

Cakewalk has just released their latest update to SONAR, named "Hopkinton." In addition to Windows 10 support, the most immediately obvious new addition is a new Start Screen. The new Start Screen makes it easier to... Read more »

Lynx Studio Technology New Drivers Offer Exceptionally Low Latency

Lynx Studio is conducting a public beta for new firmware and drivers for all Lynx PCI Express cards and Thunderbolt-equipped Aurora and Hilo converters. This new firmware and drivers will deliver exceptionally low... Read more »

Native Instruments Traktor 2.9 Pro Update Includes Support for Stems

Native Instruments has updated their flagship DJ software, Traktor Pro, to support their brand-new open, multi-channel audio file format, called "Stems." Stems split a source into four musical elements — for... Read more »

Image-Line releases FL Studio 12.1

After months of a very active public beta test, Image-Line has officially released FL Studio 12.1. Image-Line says that the aim of the update is to improve the workflow and to help users make the transition from FL... Read more »

Raven 2.5.1 Beta Supports Pro Tools 12

Slate Media Technology has released a new Raven software update that includes support for Pro Tools 12. One note: The Raven software itself will function perfectly, but this build is being considered a beta due to... Read more »

What is the Difference between Echo and Delay?

Many engineers and musicians use the two terms interchangeably. But if you want to get tweaky about it, echo effects are a subset of delay effects, but delay effects can be much more than just echo. A basic... Read more »

What is “Circuit Bending?”

Literally, bending a circuit in some way to change what it does. This refers to the adventurous and tech-savvy arming themselves with electrical engineering knowledge, the proper tools and parts, and opening up... Read more »

How to Mult Buses to Hardware Outputs in Pro Tools 12

Routing tracks to buses in Pro Tools is generally pretty straightforward, until you want to route the same signal to more than one hardware output. Now in Pro Tools 12, I/O Setup allows you to "mult" directly from... Read more »

Avid Releases EuCon v3.3

Avid has updated the EuCon software for its Avid Artist Series controllers to version 3.3. The new version adds support for the Pro Tools Control iPad app and S3 VCA Spill, in addition to various other fixes. You... Read more »

Waldorf Nave Software Synth Plug-in Updated

Waldorf has updated Nave, their flagship software synthesizer, to version 1.11. In addition to bug fixes, new features have been added, such as MIDI learn and mapping functionality. This update is free for all Nave... Read more »

PreSonus Updates Studio One 3 to v3.0.2

PreSonus has been busy; not only have they released a new free version of Studio One 3 called Studio One 3 Prime, but they have updated Studio One 3 to version 3.0.2. The free update introduces new functionality and... Read more »

PreSonus Notion for iOS adds iPhone Support

The latest update to PreSonus Notion for iOS adds support for the iPhone, as well as iCloud support, allowing for seamless document integration between iDevices and desktop computers running PreSonus Notion 5 and... Read more »

PreSonus Hardware and Software Compatible with Windows 10

PreSonus/a> has announced that all their current software and hardware products with the latest firmware are compatible with Windows 10, including both 64-bit and 32-bit versions. This includes Studio One 3, Notion... Read more »

Can I use my Novation LaunchKey or LaunchPad with iOS?

The Novation Launchkey 25, Launchkey 49, Launchkey 61, and Launchpad (MK2) are all class-compliant and USB powered. This means that yes, they are iOS compatible. However, they must be USB powered from a Mac, PC, or... Read more »

Should I Use Graphic or Parametric EQ?

A graphic EQ is designed to cut or boost level on equally spaced frequencies, such as 1/3-octave or octave spacing, with a preset bandwidth value. Parametric EQ, on the other hand, gives you fewer EQ bands, but with... Read more »

Acoustica Releases Free Update to Mixcraft 7

Acoustica has released Mixcraft 7.1, a free update for Mixcraft 7, Mixcraft Pro Studio 7 and Mixcraft Home Studio 7. The Mixcraft 7.1 update features nine new loop kits produced by Dj Puzzle for a total of 236... Read more »

Universal Audio Releases UAD Software version 8.2

Universal Audio has updated their UAD software to version 8.2. In addition to various fixes, v8.2 features the Precision Mix Pack Collection for all users. The Precision Mix Rack Collection features four tools for... Read more »

Now Edit Yamaha AG Series DSP from your Mac

The DSP effects in the Yamaha AG06 and AG03 can now be edited on your Mac thanks to a brand-new editor available from Yamaha. The AG DSP Controller v1.0.1 can be downloaded for free.

PreSonus Studio One 3 Updated to v3.0.1

PreSonus has updated their powerful DAW Studio One 3 to v3.0.1. Studio One 3.0.1 adds: Italian localizationAn updated reference manual with improved layout and navigationA new sound set; improved multi-touch... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases SONAR “Foxboro” Update

Cakewalk continues its regular feature updates to SONAR with the new "Foxboro" update. "Foxboro" adds Plug-in Upsampling, which gives users the benefits of using higher sample rate processing even in projects at... Read more »

Hardware vs. Software

Here's an FAQ we see all the time: which is better; software or hardware? This question has raged since software emulations first appeared. And we here at Sweetwater have the final, definitive answer: it depends... Read more »

Podcasting Tip: Try a Lavalier Mic

Podcasting has never been easier. Thanks to carrying a complete computer in your pocket (or a tablet, if you're so inclined) you don't even need to have a computer anymore! And there is a lot of gear that is perfect... Read more »

Livid Controllers now ship with Bitwig 8-Track

Livid Instruments have announced that their Base II, DS1, and Alias 8 will now ship with Bitwig 8-Track, Bitwig's new DAW that includes the entire selection of Bitwig Studio devices and Bitwig Essentials Package of... Read more »