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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.

Keyboard Tech Tips

How to Dial In a New Overdrive Pedal

There's nothing quite like the sound of an overdrive or boost pedal that you've dialed in perfectly to get the tone you hear in your head. Getting there, however, can require a lot of trial and error, and knowing... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases REAKTOR Blocks 1.3

Native Instruments has released a major update to REAKTOR Blocks. Version 1.3, first shown at the Superbooth show, introduces a new Blocks family, Kodiak. These five modules — two sequencers, one oscillator, a... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates KONTAKT to v5.6.8

Native Instruments has released KONTAKT 5.6.8, the latest update to their flagship sampler application. The update links the Add/Authorize Library buttons to Native Access, simplifying installation and... Read more »

UVI Releases Falcon v1.3

UVI has updated Falcon, their creative hybrid virtual instrument, to version 1.3. In addition to miscellaneous bug fixes, the new version features: A new Rotary effect.Support for AnaMark tuning in the Micro... Read more »

Eventide H9 Update Adds PitchFuzz

Eventide has updated the H9 Harmonizer Effects Processor with a new effect, PitchFuzz. PitchFuzz combines fuzz, three pitch shifters and two delays for an amazing range of tonal shapes. PitchFuzz is something new;... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE 2.6.5

Native Instruments has updated MASCHINE to version 2.6.5. The update introduces Ideas View, a new layout that lets users build Scenes by mixing and matching patterns independent of the timeline. MASCHINE users can... Read more »

Arturia Releases V Collection 5.3 Update

Arturia has released an update for their V Collection. V Collection 5.3 includes a new Arturia Software Center app for quick and easy updating of all the virtual instruments in the collection with one click. The... Read more »

How Many Takes Should I Record?

As many as you need, and no more. In all seriousness, modern DAWs let you record as many takes of the same part as you want, but there definitely is a point of diminishing returns. First, unless you are purely... Read more »

Rein in the Reverb

Reverb is an integral part of near every finished recording. It creates space in the mix, and ambience and body for individual instruments. For some types of sound design, a huge, cavernous reverb is an integral... Read more »

Powered Mixer, Powered Speaker, or Power Amp?

Q: I see powered mixers, powered speakers, and power amps for PAs. I'm a bit confused which do I need? Does everything need to be powered? A: What we're referring to here is an amplifier for driving PA speakers... Read more »

Korg Adds MIDI Over Bluetooth LE Support to Windows Drivers

Korg has updated their Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) MIDI drivers. The new version 1.12 lets Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users connect wirelessly with any of the MicroKEY Air 25, 37, 49, and 61, as well as nanoKEY Studio... Read more »

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 »