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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.

Drums Tech Tips

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 »

Endless Rotary Encoders versus Fixed-position knobs

There are two types of "knobs" in use on hardware synths, controllers, and other devices: endless rotary encoders and fixed-position knobs. An endless rotary encoder can be rotated endlessly; there is no stop point;... Read more »

How to Restore Orion 32 Factory Default Settings

To return an Antelope Audio Orion 32 audio interface to its factory default state, press and hold the Antelope button on the front panel, then press the Preset 1 button.

Native Instruments Battery 4.1.2 released

Native Instruments has released version 4.1.2 of Battery 4. The new version includes a batch resave feature for importing all Battery 2 and Battery 3 kits into Battery 4 at the same time; this allows those kits to... Read more »

Rob Papen Punch 1.0.4 Update Released

Rob Papen has released version 1.0.4 of Punch. The new version includes many more presets, drum presets, samples, and grooves, plus three new tutorials. This is a free update for registered users.

Roland Expands Mavericks Compatibility

Roland has updated the following products for Apple OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) compatibility: HandSonic HPD-20OCTAPAD SPD-30SPD-SXTD-11TD-15TD-30RC-505eBand JS-10MICRO BR BR-80SD-20SD-80SD-90

Roland Expands Windows 8.1 Compatibility

Roland has updated the following products for Windows 8.1 Compatibility: INTEGRA-7RC-505eBand JS-10HandSonic HPD-20OCTAPAD SPD-30SPD-SXTD-11TD-15TD-30SonicCell

Steven Slate Releases Trigger 2.0

Steven Slate has released version 2.0 of Trigger. The new version includes full 64-bit compatibility, including the AAX format for use in Pro Tools 11. Other new features include: an even more foolproof replacement... Read more »

Cool Tool: Evans EQ Pad

Getting just the right amount of ring and resonance in a kick drum when recording can be a challenge; typically we resort to the tried and true (but certainly not ideal) trick of stuffing a blanket into the kick. It... Read more »

Arturia Releases SPARK Version 1.7

Arturia has released version 1.7 software for the SPARK Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine. This update includes a redesigned browser, auto preview of instruments and samples while browsing... Read more »

Dave Smith Instruments Releases Tempest OS v1.3

Dave Smith Instruments has released version 1.3 operating system for the Tempest. The new version includes a number of fixes and performance enhancements, as well as a list of new features: Playlist playback and... Read more »

Cool Tool: Tama Rhythm Watch

Designed for drummers to use onstage for setting the tempo and keeping locked down, the Tama Rhythm Watch metronome is a cool tool for any musician. The Rhythm Watch has all the features you need, including... Read more »

Cool Tool: Pro Co Sign Off

There are moments onstage when it would be useful, as a performer, to be able to mute your microphone. Maybe you want to talk to a bandmate without broadcasting through the PA. Maybe you're a singing drummer who... Read more »

COOL TOOL: Moog Ladder

Given that the Moog Ladder filter for 500 series format racks comes from Moog Music, you might be inclined to think that it is only to be used for processing synthesizers. But that couldn't be further from the... Read more »

Cool Tool: Puresound Drummer Accessory Bundle

The handy Puresound Drummer Accessory Bundle includes everything a drummer needs to keep rocking — and you save big over purchasing the items individually. Perfect for stage or studio drummers or drum kits... Read more »

COOL TOOL: Overtone Labs Tune-Bot

Get your drums in tune the easy way! The Overtone Labs Tune-Bot clips onto your drum's rim and intelligently measures the pitch at each lug as well as the overall tuning. This makes it easy to tune your drums... Read more »

Hi-hat Bleed

Q: I'm having a lot of trouble with bleed into my hi-hat mic. Any suggestions for removing it? A: Welcome to the wonderful world of multitrack drumkit recording! Bleed into the hi-hat microphone is pretty much a... Read more »

Using Parallel Compression

Q: I've been reading a lot about parallel compression lately, where is it most effective? A: Drum kit and bass are both strong candidates for parallel compression, though we know engineers who also use it on lead... Read more »