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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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Avid Sibelius and OS X 10.11 El Capitan Compatibility

Avid has released the following statement regarding the OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility of Sibelius: "Sibelius is not yet fully qualified on Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11). We've worked hard on improving the... Read more »

Avid releases Sibelius 8.0.1

Avid has updated Sibelius to version 8.0.1 with over 100 enhancements, including: Fully localised editions of What's New, Tutorials, and Reference guidesThe mouse cursor now changes to a Pen icon when entering... Read more »

Slate Digital VMR and OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Slate Digital has released the following statement regarding the OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility of their Virtual Mix Rack plug-in: Our team has thoroughly tested the Virtual Mix Rack on El Capitan, and due to... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools 12.2.1

Avid has released Pro Tools 12.2.1, a bug fix release that addresses over 70 bugs and known issues. This is a free update for registered users.

Native Instruments and El Capitan Compatibility

Native Instruments has released the following statement on Apple Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan Compatibility with their software: In Mac OS X 10.11, Native Instruments Audio Units plug-ins will not pass the AU... Read more »

Nektar Panorama and Impact and El Capitan

Nektar has released the following update on the OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility of the Panorama series of control surfaces/USB-MIDI controller keyboards: "We have found some issues during the process of testing... Read more »

Propellerhead and El Capitan

Propellerhead Software has announced that all of the latest versions of their products, including Reason 8, Reason Essentials 8, and the Balance audio interface have been tested with no problems found, and are... Read more »

El Capitan Compatibility Information

Last week Apple released their latest operating system for the Mac, OS X 10.11 (aka "El Capitan"), and as with every OS X operating system release, we're gathering as much information as we can on how current... Read more »

Avid Sibelius and OS X 10.11 El Capitan Compatibility

Avid has released the following statement regarding the OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility of Sibelius: "Sibelius is not yet fully qualified on Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11). We've worked hard on improving the... Read more »

Arturia and Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan Compatibility

Arturia has released the following statement regarding the Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility of their suite of software instruments: "Our testing team is still working on the qualification of the Arturia... Read more »

Updating to OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Today (September 30, 2015) Apple is releasing the latest update to the Mac operating system, OS X 10.11 "El Capitan." It offers many compelling new features for general use, such as improved performance, split... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases “Ipswitch” SONAR Update

Cakewalk has unveiled its latest update to SONAR Artist, SONAR Professional, and SONAR Platinum. Dubbed "Ipswitch," its new Direct Synth Recording option offers real-time, sample-accurate virtual instrument... Read more »

What is the YouTube -13 LUFS Loudness Reference Level?

LUFS (Loudness Units before Full Scale) is a synonym for Loudness, K-weighted, relative to Full Scale (LKFS), which is a loudness standard that aims to normalize loudness levels across broadcast mediums. In other... Read more »

Looking for Inspiration? Create Your Own Presets!

So you just bought a new synthesizer, programmable effects processor, or plug-in, and you love the presets. You're thrilled with how it sounds. You explore every preset, tweaking them to your taste and it's... Read more »

Effects Tip: Use an Octave Effect to Thicken your Sound

This effects tip is good for any instrument, and it works both for recording and live performance. If you want to thicken up the tone of an instrument, consider using an octave effect. Mix it in subtly, to the point... Read more »

What is the Difference between a Wire and a Cable?

A "wire" is a single conductor (typically copper, but silver, aluminum, gold, and other materials are also used) that may be solid or stranded. Two or more insulated wires grouped together in a sleeve or jacket... Read more »

Nektar Panorama Supports Logic Pro X and Alchemy

Nektar has announced Panorama P1, P4 and P6 controllers now integrate with Logic 9 and Logic Pro X. Panorama can control most aspects of Logic, including the mixer, insert plug-ins, instruments, and project... Read more »

One Interface to Rule Them All, or Multiple Interfaces?

Q: Can I get by with one interface for both my studio and my iPad? A: These days, a lot of interfaces are boasting both iOS and desktop OS support (and Android interfaces are beginning to enter the market, too). If... Read more »

Mapping Outputs when Exchanging Pro Tools Sessions between Systems

If you use multiple computers for Avid Pro Tools, or collaborate with other Pro Tools users who have their own Pro Tools systems, it's inevitable that you'll want to exchange sessions between the multiple systems... Read more »

FL Studio 12 Now Compatible with Waves Plug-ins

While Image Line's FL Studio has supported VST plug-ins for a while, up until now Waves plug-ins were known to have issues. Waves and Image Line have announced that as of FL Studio 12.1, this is no longer the case... Read more »

Sonnox Updates Restore to 64-bit

The Sonnox Restore suite for post production, broadcast, music, and forensic applications has been updated for compatiblity with 64-bit DAWs (such as Pro Tools 11/12 and Logic Pro X). Sonnox has also reduced the... Read more »

Avid Unveils S6 Videos Showing Version 2.0 Software

Avid has released a new set of videos detailing the features and functionality of version 2.0 of the S6 control surface software. These videos cover how to: Quickly configure Pro Tools S6 for your studio Get the... Read more »

Avid Updates Pro Tools to Version 12.2

Avid has updated the latest version of Pro Tools to version 12.2. The new version includes bug fixes as well as enhancements to VCA Masters, Disk Caching, Advanced Metering, Gain Reduction Metering, and new Avid... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases “Hopkinton” Update for SONAR

Cakewalk has just released their latest update to SONAR, named "Hopkinton." In addition to Windows 10 support, the most immediately obvious new addition is a new Start Screen. The new Start Screen makes it easier to... Read more »