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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

Fix It Before the Mix

How many times have you heard an engineer (or yourself!) say, "We'll fix it in the mix." Smoothing over a rough patch in a song during mixdown is something we've all done — and there's nothing wrong with that... Read more »

Locking versus Non-locking Guitar Tuners

Q: What is the difference between locking and non-locking guitar tuners? A: Locking tuners include a clamping mechanism to lock the string in place. This has two advantages. First, by locking the string against the... Read more »

Gear Ratios and Guitar Tuners

Q: What does the gear ratio in bass and guitar tuners mean? A: The gear ratio in instrument tuners refers to how many turns of the tuning key equals a complete turn of the string post. In other words, a tuner with... Read more »

What Amplifier was Used in the Ibanez AM93 Demo Video?

Q: What is the amp that Mitch Gallagher used to demo the Ibanez AM93 semi-hollowbody guitarĀ in his Sweetwater Guitars & Gear Youtube video? A: Mitch was playing through a Rivera Venus 3 combo amp.

Line 6 AMPLIFi Adds USB Recording Functionality

Line 6 has updated their AMPLIFi hardware line with firmware 2.1. Line 6's AMPLIFi combines a wireless Bluetooth stereo speaker with a modeling guitar amp, all of which can be operated via a free iOS or Android app... Read more »

Stereo Outputs on Vintage Guitars?

Q: Is it true some vintage electric guitars have stereo output jacks? A: Nearly all electric guitar pickups are monophonic, delivering a mono signal to a mono 1/4-inch output jack. From there, a single 1/4-inch... Read more »

What is the Difference Between Nickel-wound and Round-wound Strings?

Which do you prefer, round-wound or nickel-wound strings? And if you have a sonic preference for one or the other, do you know the difference? Don't feel bad if you don't, they're very similar — both... Read more »

What is the Difference Between Vibrato and Tremolo?

Vibrato and tremolo are often confused — and not just by musicians, but by manufacturers as well. The tremolo arm on your favorite guitar, for example, is actually a vibrato arm. As modulation effects, both... Read more »

How to Use the BOSS GP-10 Without a Roland GK-3

The Boss GP-10 is a fantastic "everything box"-style guitar processor. It offers high-quality COSM models of electric guitars, guitar amps, and effects, along with really interesting and useful additional sounds... Read more »

How to Safely Remove a Stuck Bridge Pin

If you play acoustic guitar (or an electric guitar with an acoustic bridge complete with bridge pins), it's almost inevitable that at some point, a bridge pin will get stuck. It's frustrating — and when you're... Read more »

Tuner on a Sidechain

For electric guitarists and bassists, one way to help tidy up and disaster proof your signal flow is to put your tuner on a sidechain. A sidechain is a separate signal path that feeds from your main signal path, in... Read more »

How To: Boss RC-300 All Play and Single Track Modes

The Boss RC-300 is a super-powerful, easy-to-use, and fun looper pedal. You get three separate stereo tracks for looping to your heart's content. Right out of the box the RC-300 will play all three tracks at the... Read more »

Can I Hook AMPLIFI TT to my Stereo?

Q: Does AMPLIFI TT only work with guitar amps or does it work with stereos, too? A: LINE 6's brand-new AMPLIFI TT is compatible with just about any sound reproduction system. It has RCA line-level connectors, so you... Read more »

What’s the Difference Between a Guitar Fuzz and a Bass Fuzz?

Q: I want to add distortion to my bass tone, and I've been looking at both guitar and bass fuzzes. I'm trying to understand the difference. Don't both just distort the sound? A: From an electronic standpoint... Read more »

How to Reduce the Volume of a Guitar Amp Using an Attenuator

Many modern guitar amplifiers have very effective master volume controls that allow you to play a high-wattage amplifier at lower volumes and still get great tone. But a fair number of vintage amps don't have master... Read more »

Should I Position My 2×12 Cabinet Vertically or Horizontally?

Q: Is there much difference if I place my 2x12 guitar cabinet vertically or horizontally? A: With most cabinets, assuming the cab is sitting on the floor or a large flat surface, there may be some difference in how... Read more »

How to Use Multiple Transmitters with One Sennheiser EW100 Receiver

Q: I own a Sennheiser EW 172 for my guitar stage rig, but I need to run two guitars. Can I get a second transmitter and switch between them? A: Absolutely. Simply Sync both transmitters with the receiver. There is a... Read more »

Strap Locks – The Best Insurance

Strap locks are the easiest and most inexpensive way to protect your guitar. For most guitarists, this is an after-thought or not even considered, but in any situation that inolves standing and playing the guitar... Read more »

Roland iOS 8 Compatibility

Roland is posting compatibility information for their products with iOS 8 to a page on their support site. Plus, any additional requirements, such as wireless USB adapters, are listed on this page for specific... Read more »

Kemper Profiling Amplifier Updated for Bass and More

Kemper has released OS 2.7.0 for the Profiling Amp family. The new version includes a number of fixes and additions: User Interface fixed: memory garbage displayed, if current View contains only one single rig... Read more »

How to Use an External Footswitch With the Boss RC-3 Loop Station

Q: I noticed that the Boss RC-3 Loop Station has a footswitch jack labeled "Stop/Memory Shift." This is obviously to plug in an external footswitch to control those parameters, but how exactly does it work? A: The... Read more »

Which Marshall Was Used for Sweetwater’s Jimmy Page Tone Video?

Q: I watched Sweetwater's How to Sound Like Jimmy Page video on YouTube. Which Marshall amp head was Mitch Gallagher playing through for the video? A: Mitch was using a Marshall 1987x 50-watt Plexi reissue, through... Read more »

Yosemite Compatibility Information

Following up on our recommendation yesterday to be conservative about jumping to a new operating system before all your software is updated and compatible, the Sweetwater Tech Team is compiling and... Read more »

Can the IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard Send Pedal Messages?

Q: Can you use a sustain pedal with the IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard? Can it send sustain and other pedal messages from its pads/buttons? A: Yes, the iRig BlueBoard can send either MIDI program change messages or... Read more »