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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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Universal Audio and macOS 10.12 Sierra Compatibility

Universal Audio has issued the following statement regarding macOS 10.12 Sierra compatibility with their software/hardware products: "As you may know, on September 20th, 2016, Apple released macOS 10.12 Sierra... Read more »

What is a Split-band De-Esser?

The simplest type of de-esser is basically a compressor with an equalizer in the sidechain; the EQ makes the compressor more "sensitive" to high frequencies, so that it attenuates the high end of your audio signal... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases SONAR 2016.09 Update

Cakewalk has updated SONAR to version 2016.09. The flagship new feature of this update is SONAR's new Plug-In Load Balancing option. This is designed to allow users to tap into the full power of multi-core CPUs to... Read more »

UVI Updates Falcon to Version 1.2

UVI has released an update to their hybrid instrument Falcon. The new version focuses on delivering new and updated modules, new factory presets, and enhanced functionality. Three new effects have been added... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates DrumCore to v4.0.12

Sonoma Wire Works has released an update to DrumCore 4: DrumCore version 4.0.12 fixes the most common issues reported by users with version 4. In addition, a "Show Owned" button has been added to the DrumCore 4... Read more »

Focusrite & macOS 10.12 Sierra

Focusrite has released the following statement regarding compatibility with their products and Apple's macOS Sierra: "Apple has officially released macOS Sierra to the public, introducing a number of new additions... Read more »

Wave Arts Updates Panorama to v5.8.6

Wave Arts has updated their Panorama 3D audio processor to version 5.8.6. The new version includes the following additions and fixes: The Human and KEMAR HRTFs now support sampling rates of 8, 11.025, 16, and... Read more »

Speed Your Workflow With Custom Key Commands

Key commands offer a fast and efficient way to operate your DAW. In fact, nearly all DAWs offer some functions that are only available via key commands, making key commands essential. It can be tricky to remember a... Read more »

AAS Updates String Studio VS with NKS Support

Applied Acoustic Systems has updated their String Studio VS software synthesizer to version 2.0.4. The new version adds support for Native Instruments NKS format, which allows third-party instruments to... Read more »

Synchro Arts Updates VocALign with ARA Integration in Studio One

Synchro Arts VocALign is now available with ARA integration in Studio One Professional. ARA (Audio Random Access) is an extension co-developed by Celemony and PreSonus for audio plug-ins. ARA technology enhances... Read more »

Breaking News: Apogee & macOS 10.12 Sierra and iOS 10

Apogee has posted a comprehensive list of which of their hardware devices support macOS 10.12 Sierra, iOS 10, or both. For those devices compatible with macOS 10.12 Sierra and/or iOS 10, no software updates are... Read more »

Breaking News: Plugin Alliance & macOS 10.12 Sierra

Plugin Alliance has issued the following statement: "...in our qualification of Apple's new Sierra OS (v10.12) we have discovered serious problems with many Plugin Alliance products that primarily affect customers... Read more »

Breaking News: Native Instrument Hardware & macOS Sierra

Native Instruments has released the following statement regarding their hardware and macOS 10.12 Sierra: After intensive testing and close collaboration with Apple, we're happy to report full compatibility and... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE 2.4.7 Update

Native Instruments has updated MASCHINE to version 2.4.7. In addition to bug fixes, the new version features: Sampler: New slicer layout, "Mono" apply option, non-blocking sample analysis, snap-to-nearest transient... Read more »

Propellerhead Releases Reason 9.1 Update

Propellerhead has released a free update — version 9.1 — to Reason featuring the addition of Ableton Link support. Ableton Link, introduced in November 2015, allows apps on different devices to play in... Read more »

Slate Media Technology Releases RAVEN v3.2 for Pro Tools Windows

Slate Media Technology has released their RAVEN 3.2 software for their multi-touch controller for Pro Tools for Windows. This is their first Windows support for RAVEN, and allows Pro Tools users to access the full... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases KONTAKT 5.6

Native Instruments has released a free update to their flagship sampling application, KONTAKT. KONTAKT version 5.6 offers users an updated interface, improved stability, and bug fixes. In addition, it offers... Read more »

Creative Recording: Mic Your Headphones!

Sometimes, getting that narrow-band, old-transistor-radio type tone is just what a song needs. Many EQ and filter plug-ins offer some kind of "telephone" setting, but if you want to have some fun getting that effect... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates DrumCore to v4.0.11

Sonoma Wire Works has released a bugfix update to their drum instrument, DrumCore 4. The new version, 4.0.11, fixes an incorrect sample rate issue in Sonar X3, a WAV file naming and default folder issue when... Read more »

PreSonus Universal Control 1.8 for AudioBox Interfaces

PreSonus has released Universal Control 1.8 and recommends it for all AudioBox interfaces. The new update adds: AudioBox Series interface support, including new Windows driver and firmware updates for AudioBox VSL... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases SONAR 2016.08 Update

Calkwalk has released the 2016.08 update for SONAR Artist, SONAR Professional, and SONAR Platinum. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the update includes the following new features: In the Plug-in Browser, users can... Read more »

What is the Difference between Word Clock and Clock Sync?

Every digital device has an internal clock that determines when each sample should be captured (recorded) or reconstructed (replayed). This is the "word clock" — a digital clock that governs the sample rate of... Read more »

How to Use Auto-panning for “Pseudo-stereo” Effects

If you have a mono sound that you wish to subtly spread across the stereo field, one creative trick is to use an auto-panner plug-in, such as Soundtoys PanMan, which lets you automatically pan a mono signal back and... Read more »

What is True Stereo versus Pseudo-stereo?

In terms of effects and processors, there are a number of terms that can apply to the "stereo-ness" of the signal. Consider these definitions: True Stereo — The stereo signal consists of two related channels... Read more »