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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

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 »

How to Manage Your Data

A Guide for Data Storage Best Practices Featuring G-Technology Hard Drives If you're like most people involved with audio and music production, then the topic of data management may seem down-right daunting. It's... 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 »

Are the only Mobile Devices Capable of Music Creation the iPhone and iPad?

It's true, iOS has a huge head start over Android when it comes to the number of music-creation apps. But with software synthesizers like Caustic 3, and Line 6, Behringer, SoundCraft, PageFlip, AirTurn, and IK... Read more »

EZDrummer 2 Updated to Version 2.1

Toontrack has updated their popular virtual drum instrument, EZDrummer 2, to version 2.1. Some features of the new version include: User and third-party MIDI libraries now appear in the search resultsA dialog for... Read more »

Lynx Studio Technology Updates Hilo Firmware to Version 7

Lynx Studio Technology has updated the firmware of Hilo, their high-quality reference stereo AD/DA converter, to version 7. The new firmware adds a fourth metering option and a stereo 30-band real-time spectrum... Read more »

Use the Cloud to Collaborate Musically

These days, you can get free cloud storage nearly everywhere — from Dropbox, Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and more. They offer us space for our photographs and music libraries, for our office documents... Read more »

iZotope Releases Ozone 6.1 Update

iZotope has updated their creative mastering platform, Ozone, to version 6.1. In addition to stability enhancements, Ozone 6.1 features: Adaptive Release — A new multiband control for the Dynamics module... Read more »

Image Line posts FL Studio 12 beta 4

Beta 4 of FL Studio 12, the next version of Image Line's flagship software, has been posted. This new beta features: Six new demos The plug-in scanner can down use custom VST search paths The download manager now... Read more »

Akai Pro Updates MPC Renaissance to 1.8

The groundbreaking Akai Pro MPC Renaissance music production system has been updated to version 1.8. This updates both the internal software of the hardware controllers and the computer application, and includes... Read more »

Compression Tip: Go Multiband

Multiband compressors, such as the Waves C6, are some of the least understood dynamics processors, and yet depending on your program material, they can be the most helpful, especially when compressing full mixes and... Read more »

How to Reamp Digitally Using the Kemper Profiling Amplifier

The Kemper Profiling Amplifier is one of the most exciting digital guitar processors to be released in the last couple of years. By taking "profiles" of guitar and bass amplifiers, it can capture the sound of a rig... Read more »

Steinberg releases free maintenance update for Cubase

Steinberg has released a free maintenance update for Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 DAWs. The update brings each version to 8.0.10 and includes more than 50 bug fixes, including issues with precount and metronome... Read more »

Slate Digital Virtual Console Collection Updated to 2.0

Slate Digital has updated their successful Virtual Console Collection to 2.0. The new version offers an updated GUI as well as a new British console emulation, the Brit 4k E, that emulates a popular early '80s... Read more »

DAW Tip: Make Lots of Templates!

Have you had one of those moments where the inspiration hits, and you're rearing to get recording, but you have to take ten or more minutes to configure your DAW project first? That can be enough to miss the moment... Read more »

How to Dual Mic a Guitar Cabinet and get the Phase Right

Dual miking guitar cabinets is a tried-and-true method of getting a great guitar sound. Using two mics, such as a ribbon (the Royer R121 is an example of one that works well for this) and a dynamic (the Shure SM57... Read more »

PreSonus Studio One: Track Transform function

Whether you're looking to free up CPU power, render effects and instruments to cement a part, or to convert a MIDI track to audio in order to share it with others, if you're a PreSonus Studio One user you'll want to... Read more »

Mix Tip: Cut the Lows for More Powerful Bass

There's something really exciting about a thumping bass line. That's why so much dance music, dubstep, and even funk is so heavy on the lows. The problem is that when your subs are so sub, they create a booming... Read more »

How to Ratchet Notes in a Step Sequencer

Let's say you've set up your step sequencer to the tempo and the note division that you want. However as your song progresses, you find you want to add trills and note flurries that are shorter than the chosen... Read more »

Ableton releases Live 9.2 Public Beta

Ableton has released a free public beta of the latest update to their unique and highly successful DAW, Live. The Live 9.2 beta includes the following new features: The audio warping engine has been improved with... Read more »