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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

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 »

How Many Features Do I Need?

Q: I'm looking at picking up some new gear, but I can't decide which features I need for the stuff I want — should I get something with tons of control or something simple? There are benefits to both simple... Read more »

Blue Cat Audio Releases Version 4 of Dynamics

Blue Cat Audio has completely reworked their multi-function dynamics processor. Dynamics 4 features a new GUI and expanded compressor, gate, expander, limiter, and waveshaper control. New in Dynamics 4: A brand-new... Read more »

Softube Releases Update to Console 1

Softube has been releasing regular updates to their hybrid hardware/software Console 1 system, and June is no exception. The lastest update for the Console 1 software adds an FFT frequency analyzer to Console 1's EQ... Read more »

Noise Removal: Leave “Handlebars”

Sometimes, noise is inescapable. If you're recording in a noisy rehearsal studio, making a recording on a busy street or the like, background noise simply comes with the environment. Thankfully, these days software... Read more »

Slate Digital Introduces Slate Remote for Batch Commander and Raven

Slate Digital's Batch Commander lets you create macros and single-button automated actions for use with Logic, Pro Tools, and the Slate Media Technology Raven Control Surface. With the introduction of Slate Remote... Read more »

Positive Grid Brings Amp Match Feature to iOS Apps

Positive Grid, makers of BIAS Desktop Pro and BIAS Desktop, have made headlines by bringing amp-matching technology to a DAW plug-in and their proprietary ToneCloud. Now they have updated their two iOS apps, JamUp... Read more »

Waves Updates Tracks Live

Waves has updated Tracks Live, their multitrack recording software designed to capture live performances. This update includes many bug fixes and performance enhancements. In addition, it includes the following new... Read more »

Q: What is the Difference Between an “Effect” and a “Processor”?

Many people use the two terms interchangeably. But if we're going to get picky about it, we'd say an "effect" treats your audio, in effect adding its own signal to the existing signal (such as a delay effect that... Read more »

Elektron launches Overbridge Public Beta

If you've wanted to seamlessly integrate your Elektron Analog Keys, Analog Four, and/or Analog Rytm hardware with your DAW, now is your chance. Elektron has released Overbridge, a VST and AU plug-in for Mac OS X and... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases “Everett” Update to SONAR

Cakewalk has unveiled a new release to the Cakewalk SONAR membership program, named "Everett." The update features the brand-new Drum Replacer for SONAR Platinum. It also includes the Rapture Kick Start Expansion... Read more »

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 »