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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

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 »

Q: What is Efficiency in a Speaker?

The "efficiency" of a speaker refers to the sound level in decibels (dB) measured from a distance of one meter. Decibels, in this case, are a measure of perceived volume, not power, so the more efficient the... Read more »

What is the Difference between a Wire and a Cable?

A "wire" is a single conductor (typically copper, but silver, aluminum, gold, and other materials are also used) that may be solid or stranded. Two or more insulated wires grouped together in a sleeve or jacket... Read more »

Eventide Updates Stompboxes

Eventide is releasing software updates for all of their stompboxes. This update adds another routing option — the ability to use one channel for effects ("wet") and the other as an unaltered passthrough... Read more »

Where should I put my Noise Gate in my Guitar Signal Chain?

The short answer is "after the point where there's noise." But it's often more complicated, because noise can occur at many points in a signal chain. That's why some noise gates, such as the BOSS NS-2 Noise... Read more »

What is the Difference between Echo and Delay?

Many engineers and musicians use the two terms interchangeably. But if you want to get tweaky about it, echo effects are a subset of delay effects, but delay effects can be much more than just echo. A basic... Read more »

What is “Circuit Bending?”

Literally, bending a circuit in some way to change what it does. This refers to the adventurous and tech-savvy arming themselves with electrical engineering knowledge, the proper tools and parts, and opening up... Read more »

PreSonus Updates Studio One 3 to v3.0.2

PreSonus has been busy; not only have they released a new free version of Studio One 3 called Studio One 3 Prime, but they have updated Studio One 3 to version 3.0.2. The free update introduces new functionality and... Read more »