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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

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 »

How to Use the Fishman TriplePlay in 64-bit Mode

Q: I installed my Fishman TriplePlay, but when the software scans my plug-ins, it only looks for 32-bit plug-ins. I use 64-bit. Is there a way to make it see 64-bit plug-ins? A: TriplePlay has both 32-bit and 64-bit... Read more »

How To: The Roland Janes/Reggie Young Strat Mod

The concept of re-wiring a Stratocaster goes back to the days of Sun Records. Roland Janes, noted rockabilly guitarist and part of the house band at Sun Studios in Memphis, and session guitarist extraordinaire... Read more »

How to Connect Guitar Pedals: Delay/Overdrive

Q: Should my delay pedal go before or after my overdrive on my pedalboard? A: Most players prefer their delay after their overdrive or distortion. The problem with placing a delay before a dirt/gain pedal is that... Read more »

Does the American Deluxe Strat Plus Require a Battery?

Q: I'm interested in the Fender American Deluxe Strat Plus with Personality Cards for the different wiring configurations you can get, and the different tones. Is it active? Does it require a battery? A: No, the... Read more »

TC Releases Toneprint Editor 2.0.0.2

TC Electronic has released version 2.0.0.2 of the Toneprint Editor for iOS. The new version adds support for the upcoming additions to the "mini" family of Toneprint pedals, including the Flashback Mini, The Corona... Read more »

Can I Install Any Tubes in my Amp?

Q: How compatible are different tubes in an amplifier? I mean, can I swap out pretty much any preamp tubes that I want? A: Not all tubes are direct equivalents. We highly recommend that you contact the manufacturer... Read more »

Why is the B String Quieter on My Guitar?

Q: On my single-coil pickup-equipped guitar, the B string is quieter than the other strings, and the G strings seems hotter. I've adjusted the saddle heights to try to compensate, but there is still a difference... Read more »

What is the Difference Between a Neck and a Bridge Pickup?

Q: Why are replacement guitar pickups labeled "Neck" or "Bridge," what are the differences, and do they have to be used in their labeled positions? A: In many cases, guitar pickups are made to work well in sets for... Read more »

How to Troubleshoot a Tube Amp

Q: My tube guitar combo amp is making some strange noises when I play through it. Odd buzzes. How can I try to figure out what is wrong? A: There are several things you could check before you take the amp to a... Read more »

Line 6 Amplifi Remote 1.1

Line 6 has released version 1.1 of Amplifi Remote. The new version introduces tone sharing via Facebook and Twitter, enhanced search, and more. The app is available for free from the Apple iTunes App Store, and... Read more »

Can I Use Batteries with TC Electronic Mini-Pedals?

Q: Can I put a battery into a TC Electronic Corona Mini Chorus? A: No, the TC Electronic Mini-Pedals family all require a 9-volt power supply. There simply isn't room in the bantam-sized pedal enclosure for a battery.

TC Electronic Mini-Pedal TonePrints?

Q: Can I use the same TonePrints with the new Flashback Mini Delay as I use with my full-size Flashback Delay? A: TC has created Mini-Pedal versions of the "full-size" TonePrints so that you can use them with the... Read more »

Moog MF-104M Firmware Update

Moog has released v1.0.3 firmware for the MF-104M. The new version includes several fixes related to tap tempo and modulation, a fix for a problem with how MIDI time code was handled, and a fix where the time LED is... Read more »

Boss Releases GT-100 v2.02 Update

Boss has released version 2.02 software for the GT-100 guitar multi-effects processor. The new version includes new COSM amp models and the latest effects, enhanced USB audio/MIDI interface, monophonic... Read more »

Can I Capture Kemper Profiles with Effects?

Q: I have a Kemper Profiling Amp, and I want to capture profiles of my rig. Do I have to profile just the amp by itself, or can I use pedals and effects running through the amp I amp profiling? A: The answer depends... 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 »

Cascading Converters into Apollo Twin

Q: I have a new Universal Audio Apollo Twin that I want to use as my primary audio interface for my iMac recording setup. I saw your video on the Sweetwater website about the Apollo Twin, where you indicated that I... Read more »

How to Access Jump/Freeze with the Pigtronix Echolution 2 and Echolution 2 Deluxe

The Echolution 2 and Echolution 2 Deluxe delay pedals from Pigtronix have two "hidden" features: Jump (raises the pitch of repeats by an octave each time a repeat regenerates) and Freeze (holds whatever audio is... Read more »