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Tech Tips

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.

Drums Tech Tips

Yosemite Compatibility Information

Following up on our recommendation yesterday to be conservative about jumping to a new operating system before all your software is updated and compatible, the Sweetwater Tech Team is compiling and... Read more »

Raise Cymbals for Cleaner Drum Recordings

Every drummer is different. We all like our drums and cymbals in a certain place so we feel comfortable. For example, some like to play with their cymbals set up pretty low. (See Fig. 1) But in the studio you... Read more »

Better Looping Through Tone Shaping

Looping is a great way to flex all of your musical muscles. First, you have to write a cool riff; then you have to be able to play it in time, with the proper inflections and attitude. While that's playing, you have... Read more »

How to Control Snare Ring

Snare drums ring and should ring. That ring gives the drum resonance and character. But in music, you sometimes need to tweak your gear to fit the situation you are in. The recording studio is definitely a time... Read more »

Battery Conservation

Battery-powered convenience means less cables to deal with and one less AC connection to have to find an outlet for or that might possibly cause a ground-loop hum. However, replacing batteries can be a pain due to... Read more »

Vocal Miking for the Singing Drummer

Drummers who sing are not that unusual anymore. There were always a lot of drummers who sang but the perception was that they didn't — or couldn't — because they were behind a drum kit. There are a... Read more »

How to Pan a Mix with In-Ear Monitors

Since in-ear monitors cut out a lot of noise, especially on a loud stage, you can really take advantage of the clear sound and use panning to get your mix just right. If you are a drummer, try placing the... Read more »

How-To Listen: Part 1 – Sitting In

What is "sitting in"? Sitting in is one of the best ways to network and start letting other players know who you are. If you do it enough and do it well, before you know it, you will be in the band that has the... Read more »

Tech Tip: Drum Pedal Placement

Are you getting into double bass drumming and feel your hi-hat is too far away from your snare? Then try reversing the pedals. As you can see from the pictures, the left kick-drum pedal is placed to the left of the... Read more »

How to Assign MIDI Controllers in Toontrack EZdrummer 2

Our friends at Toontrack have created an excellent, brief video tutorial on how to assign MIDI controllers to parameters in EZdrummer 2. Now you can get hands on with the EZdrummer 2 mixer and more using the knobs... Read more »

A Different Kind of Drum Recording

Looking to capture a unique vibe for your next drum track? Try overdubbing the drumkit as separate instruments. Maybe this sounds a little crazy — and it is! But that's the beauty of it; you're using an... Read more »

Gig Survival for Drummers

As a drummer, that works a lot you should always prepare yourself for something breaking on the gig — have the replacement gear and parts needed to fix the problem quickly with you so you can keep the gig... Read more »

How to Stack Cymbals for New Sounds

As a drummer, a quick and easy way to change up your sound and to spark inspiration is to stack your cymbals — place two cymbals on the same stand, mounted top to top. A good way to get started is to just try... Read more »

Cool Tool: Hosa Astro-Grip

Take control of cable clutter! No matter how neatly you coil, wrap, and secure cables, it seems they always end up a tangled mess. No more, with Hosa's Astro-Grip! This hook-and-loop cable wrap comes in a 15-foot... Read more »

What is Dual Mono Versus Stereo?

Q: What is the difference between dual mono and stereo? A: As with many things in life, it's all about relationships. "Dual mono" indicates two completely separate, independent, unrelated channels. For example, in a... Read more »

Using In-Ear Monitors Onstage; a Professional’s View, Part 2

Last time, inSync consulted Sweetwater's Don Carr, a touring, professional musician and heard his experiences with in-ear monitors. This time we'll continue our conversation with Don and offer some practical advice... Read more »

Using In-Ear Monitors Onstage; a Professional’s View, Part 1

With the cost of quality in-ear monitors dropping, the thought of loud, heavy monitor wedges and amps has become less appealing to many working musicians and bands. In this 2-part article, inSync offers a... Read more »

Toontrack Releases EZdrummer 2.01 + Sound Library Updates

Toontrack has released version 2.01 of EZdrummer 2. In addition, EZX and Superior Drummer libraries have also been updated. (Note that version 2.0.1 is required for the support of MIDI packs released from this point... Read more »

Want Great Drum Tracks? Tune Up!

Watch a great studio drummer during a session and you'll notice something right away: they're constantly tuning their drum heads. Just as guitarists and bassists should check their tuning before every take due to... Read more »

Arturia Releases Spark 2

Arturia has released version 2 of Spark. Spark 2 adds 50 new kits, 800 new instruments, an updated song mode, a new modular synth-style sound engine and editing screen, a new look and feel to the user interface, a... Read more »

Is EZdrummer 2 Compatible with my Existing EZX Libraries?

Q: Will the new Toontrack EZdrummer 2 work with the EZX libraries I already own? A: Absolutely, plus Toontrack will be updating all of the EZX libraries to take advantage of the new features in EZdrummer 2.

Native Instruments Maschine 2.1

Native Instruments has released version 2.1 of Maschine. The new version includes the Grit kick drum engine for modern electronic kick drum sounds, the Shaker Performer for natural-sounding shaker patterns, direct... Read more »

Angle Ribbon Mics for Safety

Q: I love the sound of my ribbon mics, but I am paranoid about using them on kick drum, bass amp, and other sources, because I heard that the mic could be damaged. Should I be worried about my mics? A: Ribbon mics... Read more »

Enhance Your Creativity and Productivity with Tech Time!

In today's home studio, it seems as if there's always something technical to do. Update this software. Install this plug-in. Test the seemingly bad cable. Rewire your pedalboard. Move things around in the racks to... Read more »