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Microphone Month 2

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.

iOS Tech Tips

Live Sound: Don’t Forget the Extension Cord

These days, nearly every musician needs power onstage — even vocalists need power for charging their iPads! Most musicians know that they should bring an extra power strip or two to the gig, just in case the... Read more »

What is a “Snake” and Do I Need One?

"Snake" is a generalized term for many cables all permanently bundled together in a tube or other binding. A snake is useful when you need to route a bunch of cables from one location to another — rather than... Read more »

Cool Tool: Ansmann Work Light

Shed a little light on the subject! There's nothing worse than trying to set up on a dark stage or fiddling around in the dark inside or behind a rack loaded full of equipment. Sure, many smartphones have a... Read more »

How to Create Pitch Effects Using Filters

Some of the most engaging, energetic synth lines consist of short, pulsing notes that at first listen, sound as if they're changing pitch. But when you listen analytically, you'll hear that, in fact, the fundamental... Read more »

Give Your Sequences “Feel” with Groove Extraction

The days of sequenced MIDI parts sounding robotic are over. (Unless you want your MIDI tracks to sound robotic, of course. There's nothing wrong with that!) There are lots of parameters and features in most... Read more »

Specs Only Tell Part of the Story

It's tempting to shop by comparing specifications. After all, better gear always has better specs, right? Specs can be tremendously informative and useful when making gear decisions. But specs aren't everything... Read more »

iOS Music Apps Resource

Q: Mitch Gallagher does great reviews of iOS apps in his iOS Update videos. Is there any place where I can see a list of the apps that he has reviewed? A: We're glad that you enjoy our Sweetwater iOS Update videos!... Read more »

How to Preserve Human Feel by Quantizing Sections of Tracks

Quantization is an amazing timing tool that can help you save a performance that's generally great, but might have a few problem areas where there are noticeable timing discrepancies. When you have a track like... Read more »

RMS vs. Peak Power When Comparing Speakers

When you're researching the wattage of musical instrument/pro audio speaker drivers, you will often find two values for the power handling rating: RMS (root mean square), and "peak." It's important to know what each... 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 »

Can I Import Audio Into PreSonus Capture on My iPad?

Q: In your video, Presonus AudioBox iTwo Interface and Capture Duo App Demo — Sweetwater's iOS Update, Vol. 82, you said you recorded a drum machine into Capture and you showed two tracks. How did you do that?... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Where, What, and When of iOS 9 Low Power Mode

iOS 9 offers a new battery-saving feature for the iPhone called "Low Power Mode." You'll find the new Low Power Mode slider in Settings > Battery and it tells you "Low Power Mode temporarily reduces power... Read more »

Should I Wait to Update to iOS 9?

With the release of any new operating system, there are always questions of compatibility with existing apps, software, accessories, and hardware. Apple's new iOS 9 operating system has so far proven to be rock... Read more »

How to Install iOS 9

Apple has released iOS 9 — if your iOS device is running iOS 8, you may have received a notification on your iOS device that the new version is available. If you didn't, don't worry, all devices compatible... 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 »

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 »

One Interface to Rule Them All, or Multiple Interfaces?

Q: Can I get by with one interface for both my studio and my iPad? A: These days, a lot of interfaces are boasting both iOS and desktop OS support (and Android interfaces are beginning to enter the market, too). If... 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 »