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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.

iOS Tech Tips

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 »

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 »

Master Fader 3.0 for Mackie DL Series Mixers

Wireless control of Mackie DL series mixers just took a leap forward with the release of Master Fader 3.0, a new iOS controller app. Master Fader 3.0 is compatible with all DL series mixers; while some features are... 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 »

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 »

Can a Macbook Pro Power an Xkey and an iRig Pads at the Same Time?

Q: I'm going to be traveling, and I want to take along my Macbook Pro so I can work on music while I am away. I'm thinking of getting a CME Xkey USB keyboard and IK Multimedia iRig Pads USB pad controller to play... Read more »

What’s Draining Your iPhone/iPad Battery?

Ever wonder which apps are draining your iOS device's battery the most? In iOS 8, it's easy to check. Here's how: 1. Open the device's Settings app. 2. Scroll down until you find the "General" category. Tap... 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 »

Better Looping Through Tone Shaping

Looping is a great way to flex all of your musical muscles. First, you have to write a cool riff; then you have to be able to play it in time, with the proper inflections and attitude. While that's playing, you have... Read more »

Korg Updates Taktile to v2 — now with iOS Support

Korg has released version 2 system software for the Taktile USB controller keyboards, including taktile-25, taktile-49, and TRITON taktile-25, and TRITON taktile-49. The new version adds a low power mode, which... Read more »

Battery Conservation

Battery-powered convenience means less cables to deal with and one less AC connection to have to find an outlet for or that might possibly cause a ground-loop hum. However, replacing batteries can be a pain due to... Read more »

Cool Tool: Hosa Astro-Grip

Take control of cable clutter! No matter how neatly you coil, wrap, and secure cables, it seems they always end up a tangled mess. No more, with Hosa's Astro-Grip! This hook-and-loop cable wrap comes in a 15-foot... Read more »

Cakewalk Announces Z3TA+ Update for iPad

Cakewalk has released version 1.3 of Z3TA+ for iPad. The new version includes a number of new features: Import Z3TA+ presets from iOS, or Z3TA+ 2 plug-in, available on Windows and OS XImport user waves, MIDI arps... Read more »

What is Dual Mono Versus Stereo?

Q: What is the difference between dual mono and stereo? A: As with many things in life, it's all about relationships. "Dual mono" indicates two completely separate, independent, unrelated channels. For example, in a... Read more »

How to Power the PreSonus AudioBox iTwo with iPad

Q: I have the PreSonus AudioBox iTwo, and it works great with bus power on my computer. But when I try to use it with my iPad, the iPad says it takes too much power and won't work. I thought it was compatible with... Read more »

Yamaha Updates MOXF with iOS Support

Yamaha has released version 1.10 of the MOXF workstation operating system. The new version supports connection of the MOXFs to iOS devices using the Apple Camera Connection kit. iOS connection supports audio routing... Read more »

Cakewalk ScratchPad Update for iOS

Cakewalk has released v1.2 of ScratchPad for iOS. New features in this version include: Quickly and easily bring loops into ScratchPad from other apps with AudioCopy and AudioPasteUpgraded Audio Stretching for... Read more »

How to Use Akai MPC Element with iPad

Q: When I downloaded the iMPC Pro app for my iPad, it says it is compatible with the Akai MPC Element. But when I connect the MPC Element to my iPad using the Apple Camera Connection Kit, it says that the MPC takes... Read more »

Controlling Apogee Interfaces with Maestro

Maestro Gives You Full Control over Your Apogee Interface What's Cool About Maestro? Control every function of your Apogee interface right from your workstation Manage input levels and monitoring levels without... Read more »

Apple Releases iOS 7.1.2 Update

Apple has released iOS version 7.1.2. The new version includes improved iBeacon connectivity and stability, a fix for a bug with data transfer for some 3rd-party accessories, such as bar code scanners, a fix for a... Read more »

How Many iOS Devices can Simultaneously Connect to the iConnectivity iConnectMIDI2+?

Q: The iConnectivity iConnectMIDI2+ has two USB ports. Can I hook up two iPads to it? A: Only USB port 1 will support directly connecting an iOS device to the iConnectivity iConnectMIDI2+ via a 30-pin to USB cable... Read more »

How to Power the iConnectivity iConnectMIDI2+?

Q: I purchased an iConnectivity iConnectMIDI2+, but it didn't come with a power supply. Do I need one? A: There are three ways to power the iConnectMIDI2+: 1. Purchase the optional power adapter. When you use the... Read more »