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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.

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Vocalists: Bring Your Own Mic to the Gig

As a vocalist singing with bands (and that includes instrumentalists who sing backups as well as lead singers), it's possible to get by without owning your own vocal microphone. Often the person in the band who owns... Read more »

Peace of Mind: Uninterruptable Power Supply

Many people use an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) battery back-up power unit for their computer — basically a UPS is a battery that provides power when the AC from the wall is cut. With a UPS there's... Read more »

Mix Tip: Subtle Movement Using Tremolo

Tremolo is usually used as an intense effect. Whether a classic surf pulsing or a choppy, almost techno effect, when most people reach for tremolo it's to create something in your face. But tremolo can also be used... Read more »

Rob Papen Predator 2 Now Supports Native Instruments NKS Format

Rob Papen Soundware has updated its Predator 2 softsynth with support for Native Instruments' Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) extended plug-in format for KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE 2 hardware... Read more »

What is the Difference Between Breaking In A Speaker and Speaker Breakup?

Don't confuse speaker breakup with "breaking in" a new speaker — they're completely different things! Often when you buy a new speaker that hasn't had audio pushed through it yet, the cone will be stiff... Read more »

Arturia Releases First MatrixBrute Firmware Update

Arturia has released Firmware Update 1.1 for the MatrixBrute, chock full of new features: Real-Time Recording — Set the length of your sequence, press the Record and Play buttons in sequencer mode and let... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases FORM 1.1 Update

Native Instruments has released a major update to their new synthesizer, FORM, part of the KOMPLETE package. The new update focuses on new sounds, but also includes a significant number of fixes and features. New... Read more »

Behringer Releases New DeepMind 12 Firmware

Behringer has released new firmware for the DeepMind 12 synthesizer. Firmware version 1.05 includes a whole host of new fixes and features: Added CC#5 Portamento Time and Aftertouch destination options to GLOBAL >... Read more »

Behringer Updates DeepMind 12 Firmware to v1.0.4

Behringer has released a firmware update for the DeepMind 12 polysynth. The new version 1.0.4 firmware includes both new features and bug fixes: New Features Added OSC1 Fine, OSC2 Fine and OSC1+2 Fine tune... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates KOMPLETE KONTROL Software

Native Instruments has released a new version of their KOMPLETE KONTROL software to control their KOMPLETE KONTROL S-series keyboard controllers. In addition to assorted bug fixes, KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.8 offers an... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE 2.6.1 Hotfix

Native Instruments has released the following statement: "Today we are releasing a hotfix for the MASCHINE 2.6 software update. We noticed an issue that prevents new users from accessing the library properly. While... Read more »

How to Add Dynamics to Your Songs

"Dynamics," as we're using the term here, means the difference in volume between the softest part of your song and the loudest. Dynamics give your song peaks and valleys. The quiet moments make the louder moments... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases Kontakt 5 Update

Native Instruments has released an update to Kontakt 5. The new version 5.6.6, in addition to bug fixes, offers a return to full key coloring on the virtual keyboard, making switch placements and sound and sample... Read more »

What Is Speaker Sensitivity?

Nearly every specification chart for a speaker you'll find will list that speaker's sensitivity in decibels. For the most part, sensitivity tells you how much sound pressure level (SPL) a speaker can produce from a... Read more »

How Many Channels Does A Rehearsal PA System Need?

Q: I'm starting a new band, and we're going to need a PA for rehearsals. But how do I know how big of a PA I need? A: Few things are as exciting as getting a band together, finding a rehearsal space, and beginning... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates SESSION GUITARIST – STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 1

Native Instruments has released an update to SESSION GUITARIST - STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 1 that adds some of the new features developed for STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 2. The new features in STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 1.1 include: Use the... Read more »

Behringer DeepMind 12 updates OS to v1.0.3

Behringer has released version 1.0.3 of the DeepMind 12 operating system. The new version adds Unison Voice Number as a modulation source. The new mod source provides a fixed value based on the selected polyphony... Read more »

Korg Releases KRONOS OS 3.0.4

Korg has updated the operating system of its flagship KRONOS series of workstations to version 3.0.4. In addition to various bug fixes, the new update includes: EXs Expansion Sample Series numbers greater than... Read more »

Propellerhead Releases Reason 9.2 Update

Propellerhead has just updated Reason to version 9.2. In addition to bug fixes, the main focus of this release is that it introduces Software Development Kit (SDK) 2.5 to developers, which features: User sample... Read more »

Surgical EQ vs. Tone Shaping EQ

Sometimes a precision, "surgical" EQ cut or boost is exactly what a track or channel needs to accentuate or remove a trouble frequency or to control feedback or resonances. But other times, a wider bandwidth EQ... Read more »

East West Updates Play to 5.0.1

East West has released Play 5.0.1, which features the Amp Simulator and Ohmicide multi-band distortion plug-ins included for use with all EastWest collections. In addition, Play 5.0.1 includes the following bug... Read more »

How Do I Know If My Studio Needs Acoustic Treatment?

There are a few simple answers to this question: 1. If it's a room, then it needs acoustic treatment. Not to be flippant, but unless it's already treated, you can assume that pretty much any room being used as a... Read more »

Don’t Skimp On Interface Quality

It's fun to spend most of your budget on "sexy" pieces of gear — guitars, synths, amps, pedals, and so on; basically, the items that you can use directly to make sound and look awesome doing it! But don't... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates MASCHINE and TRAKTOR

Native Instruments have released MASCHINE 2.5.5 and TRAKTOR 2.11 with Ableton Link support. Connecting two or more systems via Ableton Link gives users the ability to synchronize all systems to a common timeline and... Read more »