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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.

Guitar Tech Tips

How Hi-Z is High Enough?

Electric guitars with passive pickups will always sound better through a "hi-Z," or high-impedance input. This is because you want to plug your guitar into an amplifier, direct box, preamp, or audio interface that... Read more »

How to Give A Two-channel amp a Third Channel

There are a ton of dirt pedals on the market these days. Many of them give you transparent overdrive and/or distortion, so that the basic tone of your amp shines through. However, some pedals are the opposite; they... Read more »

How to Get Guitar Feedback at Low Volume

It's no secret that if your guitar gets close to a loud amp, you'll get feedback — the sound from the amp causes the guitar's strings to vibrate, creating a feedback loop. But if you want to get feedback at... Read more »

What are the Differences Between Plate and Spring Reverbs?

Plate and spring reverbs are in some ways very similar devices but they are quite different in sound. A plate reverb is a thin sheet of metal, suspended via springs (or sometimes clamps) under tension inside a rigid... Read more »

What are the Differences Between Buffered and True Bypass Pedals?

"Buffered" and "true bypass" refer to how the pedal behaves when it is disengaged or bypassed. In a true bypass (sometimes called "hard bypass") pedal, when the pedal is off, your signal is routed directly from the... Read more »

How to Use Speaker Impulse Responses with Guitar Amplifiers

If you want to record a real guitar amplifier, but you don't have the right room or mics to adequately capture the tone of the speaker cabinet, one option to consider is to record your amp direct to your audio... Read more »

Line 6 Releases New Driver v7.5.7

Line 6 has updated their Mac OS X audio/MIDI driver to version 7.5.7. The new verison brings compatibility and improved performance fixes when used in conjunction with Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 The new driver... Read more »

Antares Releases ATG-1 Utilities for Auto-Tune for Guitar

Antares has released new cross-platform software for users of the ATG-1 Guitar Auto-Tune Floor Processor and Peavey AT200 Auto-Tune Guitar, called ATG Utility Applications: ATG Settings Manager The ATG Settings... Read more »

Kemper Releases Profiler OS 3.2

Kemper has released Kemper Profiler and Profiling Amp Operating System Version 3.2. The new version adds a number of enhancements, with the main feature being Kemper's new Pure Cabinet technology. This can remove or... Read more »

What Are the Differences Between Single-coil and Dual-coil Pickups?

The most obvious difference is that a single-coil pickup has one coil of wire wrapped around a magnet or magnets, while a dual-coil has two coils of wire wrapped around magnets. Dual-coil pickups are generally... Read more »

Sonuus Updates Voluum Firmware, Adds Tuner

Sonuus has updated the firmware for their Voluum pedal to version 1.3.0. New with this version is a tuner, making this the first volume pedal with a built-in tuner. Sonuus says the tuner is fast, lets you tune to... Read more »

Line 6 USB driver 7.3.8 and El Capitan

Line 6 has released the following statement regarding the OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility of their USB driver version 7.3.8: "We have discovered an incompatibility of the Line 6 USB audio driver version 7.3.8... Read more »

Stay In The Flow When Recording

When you're recording — especially if you're recording alone — it can be tempting to stop as soon as you've made a mistake, undo the record pass or delete the offending performance, and start again. That... Read more »

Can I Use a Magnetic Pickup with my Nylon-string Acoustic?

Magnetic pickups work by creating a magnetic field in which a string made of a magnetically sensitive material vibrates. Nylon is not a magnetically sensitive material, and therefore doesn't give very good results... Read more »

Two Notes Engineering Updates Torpedo Remote to v3.1.3

Two Notes Engineering has updated their Torpedo Remote desktop software for the Torpedo Live and Torpedo C.A.B. hardware cabinet simulators to v3.1.3. This version adds a new "Arcade Mode," a simplified interface... Read more »

Amplitube 4.1 for iPhone and iPad

IK Multimedia has updated their Amplitube app for iPhone and iPad to version 4.1. The new version adds seven new amp and stompbox models available for in-app purchase, as well as the ability to export loops made in... Read more »

Line 6 AMPLIFI Remote and iOS 9

Line 6 has announced that AMPLIFI Remote is now approved for compatibility with Apple's iOS 9 operating system. If you are using Version 2.13 or earlier, update to the latest version for full compatibility with iOS... 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 »

Pigtronix Releases Echolution v106 Firmware Update

Pigtronix has updated the firmware of the Echolution modulated delay pedal line to v106. The new firmware provides Dual Pitch Shifting as well as filter and MIDI enhancements for both the older Echolution and newer... 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 »

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 »

Does Fret Material Influence Guitar or Bass Tone?

The short answer is everything on the entire system — woods, electronics, and hardware — has some effect on a guitar or bass's tone. When you fret a note, that fret takes over from the nut as the... 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 »