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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

Is There a Wah Pedal That Can Also Be an Expression Pedal?

Q: I've seen volume pedals that can also be expression pedals, but what I would like is a wah pedal that will also do expression. Is there such a thing? A: The Hotone Soul Press Micro Volume/Expression/Wah Pedal... Read more »

BeatBuddy Manager Updated for Mac and PC

Singular Sound, makers of BeatBuddy the first complete drum machine in a stompbox format, have updated their BeatBuddy Manager software. This is the most comprehensive update yet, featuring: Now both PC and Mac... Read more »

How Do I Connect One Expression Pedal to Multiple Devices?

Q: I have two pedals; there is one expression input on one of the pedals and two expression ports on the other. How do I connect my expression pedal to all three ports at the same time"? A: The Mission Engineering... Read more »

Should I Use Graphic or Parametric EQ?

A graphic EQ is designed to cut or boost level on equally spaced frequencies, such as 1/3-octave or octave spacing, with a preset bandwidth value. Parametric EQ, on the other hand, gives you fewer EQ bands, but with... Read more »

Hardware vs. Software

Here's an FAQ we see all the time: which is better; software or hardware? This question has raged since software emulations first appeared. And we here at Sweetwater have the final, definitive answer: it depends... Read more »

How Many Features Do I Need?

Q: I'm looking at picking up some new gear, but I can't decide which features I need for the stuff I want — should I get something with tons of control or something simple? There are benefits to both simple... Read more »

Should I Use Amp Standby as a Mute Control?

Q: I have a tube guitar amp made in 1978 that is kind of noisy; can I use it's standby switch as a mute switch between songs? The short answer is: well, technically you could, but we don't recommend it. A longer... Read more »

Pigtronix Updates Infinity Looper to v2.0

Pigtronix has updated their powerful Infinity Looper to version 2.0. This firmware update offers significant new features: 50 presets — Up to 100 loops maximumMinimum Loop Time — 10ms shortest... Read more »

How Can I Make My Delay Pedal “Self-oscillate”?

"Self-oscillation" is a function of analog delays and analog-voiced digital delays. It refers to the point at which the delay circuit becomes over-saturated with regenerating signal and creates a self-perpetuating... Read more »

Should I Use Mod Effects in Effects Loop?

Q: I want to use modulation and time-based effects on my guitar, and I read that they should go in the effects loop of my amp. But my amp doesn't have an effects loop! What can I do? A: It is generally suggested... Read more »

Positive Grid Brings Amp Match Feature to iOS Apps

Positive Grid, makers of BIAS Desktop Pro and BIAS Desktop, have made headlines by bringing amp-matching technology to a DAW plug-in and their proprietary ToneCloud. Now they have updated their two iOS apps, JamUp... Read more »

Q: What is the Difference Between an “Effect” and a “Processor”?

Many people use the two terms interchangeably. But if we're going to get picky about it, we'd say an "effect" treats your audio, in effect adding its own signal to the existing signal (such as a delay effect that... Read more »

Tune Up to Pitch

Here's one we've run before, but it bears repeating (based on watching several players who weren't following our advice recently...): Always tune a stringed instrument, such as a guitar or bass, UP to pitch —... Read more »

DigiTech Updates Trio Band Creator

Digitech has updated their innovative Trio band creator pedal. The pedal listens to your guitar performance and automatically generates bass and drum parts to match your song in realtime. The Trio Update v1.0 can be... Read more »

Q: What’s the Difference between Analog and Digital Delay Pedals?

There are basically two kinds of guitar delay pedals available: analog delay pedals and digital delay pedals. Both have their strengths, and can be at home on a guitarist's pedalboard. Analog delay pedals usually... Read more »

Line 6 AMPLIFi Remote Supports Apple Watch

Line 6's AMPLIFi series of Bluetooth-capable guitar products with tone-matching technology can be controlled via smartphone or tablet using the AMPLIFi Remote app. AMPLIFi Remote for iOS has now been updated to... Read more »

Q: What is a “Sus2” Chord?

When you see the notation "sus2" after a chord the notation indicates that instead of playing the third note from the root to build a standard chord triad (1-3-5) you'd play the second note from the root note... Read more »

IK Multimedia UltraTuner Supports Apple Watch

Purchasers of IK Multimedia's UltraTune iOS app can pair the tuner with the Apple Watch via the Watchkit extension app. This will allow you to see note data via UltraTuner's "Stage" mode. With Apple Watch, you can... Read more »

Cool Tool: Gaffer Tape Mastery!

Gaffer tape is one of the essentials of life for musicians and live sound and recording engineers. But taping down cables is a drag — who wants to crawl around the floor in who-knows-what debris and sticky... Read more »

IK Multimedia Amplitube UA Supports Android devices

IK Multimedia, makers of the iRig UA hardware interface for Android devices, originally released Amplitube UA for a select number of Samsung devices. Now AmpliTube UA is compatible with any Android devices running... Read more »

How to Defeat Bigsby Ringing when Palm Muting

If you've ever tried to palm mute on a guitar equipped with a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece, odds are that rather than pure silence after the mute, you heard a metallic ringing. That is because while you've successfully... Read more »

Line 6 Updates Pod HD to v2.6

Line 6 brings new features and amp models to the Pod HD line of products with firmware update v2.6. In addition to bug fixes and a new Global EQ feature, this update introduces three new optional model packs... Read more »

What is the Difference between a Balanced vs Unbalanced Audio Signal?

The difference between balanced and unbalanced audio signals has to do with the design of the audio circuit. A balanced audio circuit, like the XLR inputs on a pro audio rack processor, has both positive (+) and... Read more »

How To Get the Most From Your Delay Pedal: Part One

Delay is one of the most powerful and flexible effects available. The concept of repeating a segment of sound is a simple one, but what happens to that segment is where the fun begins: make it longer or shorter... Read more »