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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.

iOS Tech Tips

PreSonus Notion for iOS adds iPhone Support

The latest update to PreSonus Notion for iOS adds support for the iPhone, as well as iCloud support, allowing for seamless document integration between iDevices and desktop computers running PreSonus Notion 5 and... Read more »

Audiobus Development Team releases Audiobus Remote

If you have an iOS audio or MIDI interface that came with an iOS app, odds are that it can use Audiobus to send the audio from that app into another app running on the same iOS device. Now the Audiobus development... Read more »

Can I use my Novation LaunchKey or LaunchPad with iOS?

The Novation Launchkey 25, Launchkey 49, Launchkey 61, and Launchpad (MK2) are all class-compliant and USB powered. This means that yes, they are iOS compatible. However, they must be USB powered from a Mac, PC, or... 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 »

Mackie Updates Master Fader to v3.2

Master Fader v3.2, Mackie's free iOS control software, brings powerful new features to DL32R in addition to performance and workflow enhancements for DL1608 and DL806 users. Also available now is My Fader v3.2... Read more »

Now Edit Yamaha AG Series DSP from your Mac

The DSP effects in the Yamaha AG06 and AG03 can now be edited on your Mac thanks to a brand-new editor available from Yamaha. The AG DSP Controller v1.0.1 can be downloaded for free.

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 »

Podcasting Tip: Try a Lavalier Mic

Podcasting has never been easier. Thanks to carrying a complete computer in your pocket (or a tablet, if you're so inclined) you don't even need to have a computer anymore! And there is a lot of gear that is perfect... 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 »

Slate Digital Introduces Slate Remote for Batch Commander and Raven

Slate Digital's Batch Commander lets you create macros and single-button automated actions for use with Logic, Pro Tools, and the Slate Media Technology Raven Control Surface. With the introduction of Slate Remote... 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 »

Akai iMPC Pro Updated to v1.3

iMPC, the iPad virtual MPC from Akai and Retronyms, has been updated to version 1.3. This feature packed upgrade offers: Added a Slice Loop mode to the EditorSliced loops can be used with the padsSupport for sliced... 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 »

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 »

Are the only Mobile Devices Capable of Music Creation the iPhone and iPad?

It's true, iOS has a huge head start over Android when it comes to the number of music-creation apps. But with software synthesizers like Caustic 3, and Line 6, Behringer, SoundCraft, PageFlip, AirTurn, and IK... Read more »

Use the Cloud to Collaborate Musically

These days, you can get free cloud storage nearly everywhere — from Dropbox, Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and more. They offer us space for our photographs and music libraries, for our office documents... Read more »

Mix Tip: Cut the Lows for More Powerful Bass

There's something really exciting about a thumping bass line. That's why so much dance music, dubstep, and even funk is so heavy on the lows. The problem is that when your subs are so sub, they create a booming... Read more »

How to Ratchet Notes in a Step Sequencer

Let's say you've set up your step sequencer to the tempo and the note division that you want. However as your song progresses, you find you want to add trills and note flurries that are shorter than the chosen... Read more »

Moog Theremini Editor Now Available for Mac and PC

Everyone familiar with science-fiction soundtracks or classic rock is familiar with the unique and amazing theremin. Moog has made bringing the theremin to the masses one of their missions, releasing both a whole... Read more »

Why do some iOS interfaces not list any AD/DA specs?

Q: I have an interface for connecting my guitar to my iPad. Why doesn't it list any AD/DA specs? A: All iOS devices have built-in digital audio converters — that's how they process the sound from the internal... Read more »

Do I need a Preamp?

These days, nearly every audio interface includes preamps so that you can get a strong level into your DAW. Some of them include a fair number of features, such as selection among line, mic, and instrument levels;... Read more »