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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.

Guitar Tech Tips

How To Use the Eleven Rack FX LOOP

Eleven Rack has a nice array of internal effects and pedals but everyone has their favorite stompbox or processor that they like to use. The FX LOOP is the insert point on the Eleven Rack to incorporate your go-to... 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 »

How To Choose Electric Guitar Strings

Considering the amount of string choices available, navigating the differences between materials, treatments, and gauges can be pretty overwhelming. If you're ready for a change or just wondering what your options... Read more »

Peavey Electronics and Antares Release Updated Software Packs for AT-200 Guitar with Auto-Tune

Peavey Electronics and Antares have enhanced the software packs for their AT-200 Guitar with Auto-Tune, highlighted by these features: Overall improved sonic quality and clarity for more realistic tones Additional... Read more »

What Are RWRP Pickups?

Q: What are "RWRP" pickups and what do they do? A: "RWRP" is an abbreviation for "reverse-wound, reverse-polarity" and refers to a technique used to build pickups so that they cancel hum. To understand how this... Read more »

Don’t Forget To Tune-Up!

In that moment when inspiration strikes and you head to your DAW to forever capture the magic, don't let an out-of-tune instrument destroy the greatness; tune up before every take! This may seem like common sense... Read more »

Fender Deluxe Reverb Standby Popping

Q: I bought a reissue Fender '65 Deluxe Reverb amp, but it "pops" when I turn off the standby switch. Is this normal? A: We consulted our Service Department tube amp guru, and here's what he had to say: Standby... Read more »

How to Mount a Wah-Wah Pedal to a Pedalboard

Q: I want to mount my wah pedal to my pedalboard, but I'm not sure how to handle the pedal's feet — they're screws that hold the bottom on the pedal, with rubber feet around them. A: We have the solution!... 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 »

How to Stop Annoying Amp Pops When Unplugging

How many times has this happened? You finish a set or a rehearsal or a practice session — or maybe you want to connect or disconnect a pedal — so you reach down to unplug your guitar or bass, and when... Read more »

Why Don’t the Strings on my Guitar Line Up with my Pickup Pole Pieces?

Q: I installed a humbucking pickup in my Strat, but the strings aren't lining up with the pole pieces — the strings are too far apart. What gives? A: The bridge spacing on Fender-style guitars is wider than on... Read more »

Protect your Slide!

Adding slide to your guitar arsenal is almost like adding another instrument. It's a different sound, feel, and vocabulary that you can play on your favorite guitar. Whether you prefer glass, brass, chromed steel... Read more »

What’s the Difference Between an Attenuator and a Load Box?

Q: I'm trying to figure out the difference between an attenuator and a load box with guitar amps. Can you help? A: An attenuator can be thought of as a volume control that you can insert between your amp's speaker... Read more »

Why Should I Change the Speaker In My Guitar Amp?

Speakers drastically affect your overall sound, as much as any other component in your signal path — including your guitar! Think about it; the speaker is the last link in the chain and it is responsible for... 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 »

Dual Speed Control on the Pigtronix Rototron

The brand-new Pigtronix Rototron is an incredible rotating speaker simulator that offers very cool control capabilities. For example, there are two expression pedal inputs; one governs the low rotor speed while the... Read more »

How To Set Your Electric Guitar’s Intonation

If your guitar's open strings are in tune but as you fret up the neck the tuning starts to go bad, it's time to set your guitar's intonation. A quick way to check this is after tuning, play an open E chord across... 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 »

Pigtronix Echolution 2 Firmware version 2 Released

Pigtronix has released version 2 firmware and a new editing app for the Echolution 2 delay pedal. The new update allows expression pedal and envelope control over all knobs, simultaneously, with user-definable heel... Read more »

Why Do I Need To Worry About My Guitar’s Humidity Level?

If you've ever noticed the fret ends sticking out along the edge of your fretboard or if a fret buzz suddenly appears, your guitar needs humidity control. Changing seasons and weather conditions greatly affect the... Read more »

Can the BOSS GT-001 be Bus Powered?

Q: I watched the Guitars & Gear video with the BOSS GT-001, and it looks like Mitch Gallagher is using the GT plugged into his computer with no power supply. Can the GT-001 be bus powered by USB? A: Yes! The GT-001... Read more »

What is Analog Dry Through?

Q: I see that some of TC Electronic's pedals feature "Analog Dry Through." What is this? A: Analog Dry Through means that the incoming signal from the guitar passes straight through the stompbox and out the pedal's... Read more »

Hidden Settings on the TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb

There are two hidden settings inside the TC Electronic Hall of Fame Reverb pedal: Buffered Bypass and Kill-Dry. Out of the box, the HOF is set for true bypass operation; when the pedal is bypassed, nothing is in the... Read more »