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Microphone Month 5

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

Slate Digital Releases Virtual Mix Rack v1.3.0.5

Slate Digital has released an update to their Virtual Mix Rack plug-in. Version 1.3.0.5 is a bugfix release with the following being the main fixes: Negative Input Values are no longer omitted in the Virtual... Read more »

Studio One Mixer is Stuck in Mono

Q: I'm using PreSonus Studio One to record and mix my project, but I've got a weird problem: Somehow my master fader is stuck in mono! Everything is panned center and when I move the pan controls on the individual... Read more »

Arturia Updates BeatStep Pro Firmware

Arturia has released a firmware update to their BeatStep Pro controller and sequencer. Firmware version 1.4.0 offers numerous fixes and features improved stability when following MIDI, DIN, or analog external... Read more »

Arturia Updates Keylab 88 Firmware

Arturia has released a firmware update for their Keylab 88 USB controller keyboard. Firmware version 1.4.0, which in addition to numerous stability fixes, features the ability to create a 5-point velocity curve... Read more »

How to Control CV-based Analog Synths with Your Computer

Analog synthesizers, and analog synth modules such as Eurorack modules, are becoming more popular than ever. These devices are manipulated via electrical control voltages (CV) rather than digital messages carried... Read more »

Native Instruments Maschine “TruTorials — Season 2” Arrives

Native Instruments has released "Season 2" of their instructive, fast-paced, short "TruTorials" for Maschine. The TruTorials are designed to get you creating fast — each 90-second episode focuses on one... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases SONAR 2016.03 Update

Cakewalk has released version 2016.03 for SONAR Artist, SONAR Professional, and SONAR Platinum. The new Help Module view responds dynamically to users, and includes helpful tips on shortcuts and additional... Read more »

UVI Updates Falcon to v1.1

UVI has updated their flagship hybrid synthesizer, Falcon, to version 1.1. The new version is a major update with the following new and improved features: Thorus, 8-voice chorus effectNumerous FM oscillator... Read more »

Cool Tool: Hand-held Recorder

In these days of computers, smartphones, and tablets, it's easier than ever to plug microphones into an audio interface or mixer, and send all the sources to your DAW of choice. But don't underestimate the value of... Read more »

Live Sound: Don’t Forget the Extension Cord

These days, nearly every musician needs power onstage — even vocalists need power for charging their iPads! Most musicians know that they should bring an extra power strip or two to the gig, just in case the... Read more »

What is a “Snake” and Do I Need One?

"Snake" is a generalized term for many cables all permanently bundled together in a tube or other binding. A snake is useful when you need to route a bunch of cables from one location to another — rather than... Read more »

Do I Need Dedicated Audio Editing Software?

Q: I have a DAW on my computer and it does a lot of editing functions. Do I still need a dedicated audio editor software app? A: Most DAWs are highly capable when it comes to editing audio, particularly when... Read more »

Rob Papen Releases NKS-compatible Instruments

Rob Papen has updated five of their virtual instruments to be compatible with Native Instruments' NKS format for their Komplete Kontrol S-series of controllers. The instruments are Blue-II, RAW, Blade, RG, and... Read more »

Acoustica Releases version 7.7 Update to Mixcraft and Mixcraft Pro

Acoustica has updated Mixcraft and Mixcraft Pro to version 7.7. The update includes a new "publish" feature that allows for one-click publishing of music and videos directly to YouTube, Facebook, Soundcloud... Read more »

Remote Control PreSonus StudioLive RM Mixers with Studio One v3.2

With the new version 3.2 update, PreSonus Studio One can now remote-control StudioLive RM-series XMAX preamps, as well as the Fat Channel processing for StudioLive RM-series and StudioLive AI Series consoles. The... Read more »

PreSonus Updates Firmware for StudioLive RM-series Mixers

PreSonus has released firmware updates for their StudioLive RM16AI and StudioLive RM32AI 32x16x3 rackmount digital mixers. With the new firmware update, two StudioLive RM-series mixers can be cascaded via AVB... Read more »

UVI Falcon Updated to v1.0.7

UVI has updated their powerhouse hybrid synthesizer, Falcon, to version 1.0.7. The update contains the following fixes and additions: Fix regression with legato multi point envelope introduced in 1.0.4Fix issue with... Read more »

Cool Tool: Ansmann Work Light

Shed a little light on the subject! There's nothing worse than trying to set up on a dark stage or fiddling around in the dark inside or behind a rack loaded full of equipment. Sure, many smartphones have a... Read more »

How to Create Pitch Effects Using Filters

Some of the most engaging, energetic synth lines consist of short, pulsing notes that at first listen, sound as if they're changing pitch. But when you listen analytically, you'll hear that, in fact, the fundamental... Read more »

Give Your Sequences “Feel” with Groove Extraction

The days of sequenced MIDI parts sounding robotic are over. (Unless you want your MIDI tracks to sound robotic, of course. There's nothing wrong with that!) There are lots of parameters and features in most... Read more »

Specs Only Tell Part of the Story

It's tempting to shop by comparing specifications. After all, better gear always has better specs, right? Specs can be tremendously informative and useful when making gear decisions. But specs aren't everything... Read more »

Avid Releases El Capitan Drivers for Eleven Rack & More

Avid has released updated drivers supporting Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) for the following audio interfaces: Eleven Rack Mbox family(3rd generation) FastTrack C400 FastTrack C600 Pro Tools Quartet (Pro Tools Duet... Read more »

How to Preserve Human Feel by Quantizing Sections of Tracks

Quantization is an amazing timing tool that can help you save a performance that's generally great, but might have a few problem areas where there are noticeable timing discrepancies. When you have a track like... Read more »

RMS vs. Peak Power When Comparing Speakers

When you're researching the wattage of musical instrument/pro audio speaker drivers, you will often find two values for the power handling rating: RMS (root mean square), and "peak." It's important to know what each... Read more »