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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.

Computer Tech Tips

Why do some MIDI synths have CV/Gate jacks?

Q: Why do some MIDI synthesizers and effects have CV/Gate jacks? A: Back before MIDI, the only way for one device to control another was through the use of control voltage inputs and outputs, and gate (trigger)... Read more »

Dave Smith Instruments Releases OS Update and Soundset for Tempest

Dave Smith Instruments, one of the most acclaimed and beloved designers of analog and analog/digital hybrid synthesizers, has updated the operating system on the Tempest analog/digital hybrid instrument to OS 1.4... Read more »

Do I need a Preamp?

These days, nearly every audio interface includes preamps so that you can get a strong level into your DAW. Some of them include a fair number of features, such as selection among line, mic, and instrument levels;... Read more »

Fix It Before the Mix

How many times have you heard an engineer (or yourself!) say, "We'll fix it in the mix." Smoothing over a rough patch in a song during mixdown is something we've all done — and there's nothing wrong with that... Read more »

Using the Strip Silence in your DAW to Create New Regions

Every major DAW, including Pro Tools, Cubase, Studio One, and so on, has a "strip silence" command to remove sections of audio regions that have no audio. You select the track, choose Strip Silence, and then set a... Read more »

How to Place Your Monitors Around Your Audio Workstation

Proper acoustics is a science. Adjusting the acoustics for bright and dead spots, soundproofing your project studio, and more all go into creating the optimal listening environment. However, the reality is that many... Read more »

Avid Drivers Updated

Avid has released driver updates for OS X 10.10 and 10.10.1 (Yosemite) and 10.9.5 (Mavericks) for the following productions: 003Eleven RackMbox (3rd Gen)Mbox Mini (3rd Gen)Mbox Pro (3rd Gen)MobilePre (2nd Gen)Fast... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools 11.3

Avid has released version 11.3 of Pro Tools 11. The new version provides OS X 10.10 and 10.10.1 (Yosemite), OS X 10.9.5 (Mavericks), and OS X 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) compatibility, along with various fixes and... Read more »

Softube Plug-ins Now OS X Yosemite Compatible

The latest plug-in company to announce compatibility with OS X Yosemite is Softube, makers of high-quality digital recreations of hardware equalizers and compressors, as well as effects and guitar amp simulation... Read more »

Major Update for Softube Console 1

Softube has updated its innovative mixing software and hardware device, Console 1, to version 2.1.45. This major update includes the new Solid State Logic XL 9000 K-Series for Console 1 plug-in, a model of the SSL... Read more »

How to Use a “Bit-crusher” Plug-in to Add Warmth

There are a whole lot of tape and tube emulation plug-ins available to help give your tracks and mixes that analog style warmth and "glue." These work great! But sometimes, you might want that glue for your mix, but... Read more »

Slate Raven Software Updated to v2.1

Two of the most innovative high end mixing controllers to be released in quite a while are the Slate Media Technology Raven MTi and Raven MTx multi-touch DAW and software controllers, which utilize large-screen... Read more »

Do MOTU AVB Interfaces require a Thunderbolt Mac to work?

Q: Do the MOTU AVB interfaces, such as the 1248, require a Thunderbolt Mac to work, or will my older Mac work okay? A: Audio Video Bridging (AVB) is a networking protocol standard, more technically known as IEEE... Read more »

Does Apogee’s Ensemble Thunderbolt Support Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2?

Q: Does Apogee's Ensemble Thunderbolt work with both older Macs that have Thunderbolt ports or does it only support new Macs that have Thunderbolt 2? A: Apogee's Ensemble Thunderbolt is compatible with both... Read more »

Native Instruments MASCHINE STUDIO Firmware Update

Native Instruments recently released version 2.2 software for the MASCHINE family. This new version unlocks the touch sensitivity of the eight knobs beneath the hi-res displays on MASCHINE STUDIO, making the knobs... Read more »

Can I Hook AMPLIFI TT to my Stereo?

Q: Does AMPLIFI TT only work with guitar amps or does it work with stereos, too? A: LINE 6's brand-new AMPLIFI TT is compatible with just about any sound reproduction system. It has RCA line-level connectors, so you... Read more »

Native Instruments Maschine 2.2

Native Instruments has released version 2.2 of Maschine. The new version extends Keyboard Mode with a new scale and chord engine for playing melodies and chords on MASCHINE's 16 pads. Note Repeat is now a fully... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools 11.2.2, EUCON 3.2.1, and Updated Plug-ins

Avid has released version 11.2.2 of Pro Tools 11 for Macintosh and Windows. The new version includes a variety of fixes as well as a firmware update for HDX cards that addresses DSP spikes under certain conditions... Read more »

Bitwig Studio Upgrades to 1.1

Bitwig has released version 1.1 of Bitwig Studio, the first major update to the new DAW software since its original debut back in March. New features include: Advanced VST Multi-out Sidechain Support True Latency... Read more »

Mac OS 10.10.1

If, like many of us, you're using Dropbox to transfer files among your devices, or to send files to others, then you may have encountered a rare glitch where some programs crash as you open, save as, or save a file... Read more »

How to Restart EUCON Apps

Avid's EUCON is a network protocol that allows control surfaces to deeply integrate with DAW software. It communicates using ethernet, IP addresses, etc. For this to work, generally the gear has to be connected... Read more »

Elektron Updates Octatrack to Version 1.25C

Elektron has released version 1.25C software for the Octatrack. This is a free update that addresses several bug fixes.

How to Reset the Antelope Audio Zen Studio

To reset an Antelope Audio Zen Studio, hold the up and down arrow buttons while plugging in the power cable. This will put the device back to its default factory state.

Is a Mac Mini as Powerful as a MacBook?

Q: I have a MacBook Pro, and I'd like to get a computer for my studio that would have about the same amount of power, so I can easily take projects from one to the other. How do Mac Minis stack up against MacBooks?... Read more »