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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

Moog Minitaur Editor v3, Firmware v2.1

Moog has released version 3 of the Minitaur Editor and version 2.1 Minitaur firmware. The Minitaur Editor is free to all registered Minitaur owners. It will run standalone or as a VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX... Read more »

Nektar Announces Bitwig Studio Integration for Panorama Family

Nektar has released Bitwig Studio Integration Files for the Panorama controller family, allowing the hardware controllers to directly work with parameters and functions within the software.

Nektar Updates Panorama’s Cubase Integration

Nektar has released a new version of Cubase Integration files for the Panorama controller family. The new version responds perfectly to channel-type filtering and allow you to navigate only the channels you see... Read more »

Moog Sub Phatty Editor v1.1.0

Moog has released version 1.1.0 of the Sub Phatty Editor. The new update adds AAX support, and includes various fixes for both the Mac and Windows versions. Note: If you own Sub Phatty serial #2892 or below you must... Read more »

How to Access Jump/Freeze with the Pigtronix Echolution 2 and Echolution 2 Deluxe

The Echolution 2 and Echolution 2 Deluxe delay pedals from Pigtronix have two "hidden" features: Jump (raises the pitch of repeats by an octave each time a repeat regenerates) and Freeze (holds whatever audio is... Read more »

Pigtronix Echolution 2 versus Echolution 2 Deluxe

Q: What's the difference between the Pigtronix Echolution 2 and the Echolution 2 Deluxe? A: Functionally and sonically, there is no difference. The difference is in the control interface. The Echolution 2 Deluxe... Read more »

Expanded Nektar Panorama Integration

Nektar has announced that their Panorama family of controllers (including Panorama P1, Panorama P4, and Panorama P6) are now integrated as control surfaces with Bitwig Studio and Logic Pro X. Registered Panorama... Read more »

Enhance Your Creativity and Productivity with Tech Time!

In today's home studio, it seems as if there's always something technical to do. Update this software. Install this plug-in. Test the seemingly bad cable. Rewire your pedalboard. Move things around in the racks to... Read more »

Endless Rotary Encoders versus Fixed-position knobs

There are two types of "knobs" in use on hardware synths, controllers, and other devices: endless rotary encoders and fixed-position knobs. An endless rotary encoder can be rotated endlessly; there is no stop point;... Read more »

Native Instruments Battery 4.1.2 released

Native Instruments has released version 4.1.2 of Battery 4. The new version includes a batch resave feature for importing all Battery 2 and Battery 3 kits into Battery 4 at the same time; this allows those kits to... Read more »

Native Instruments Maschine 2.0.6

Native Instruments has released version 2.0.6 of Maschine 2. This version fixes issues where Core 2 Due systems could momentarily freeze when browsing or editing samples.

Nektar Panorama Update

Nektar has released new software the Panorama controllers. The update was uploaded on December 25, 2013, and provides improved track change response and new plug-in maps in Steinberg Cubase, support for more Reason... Read more »

Can I connect multiple Xkeys to my computer?

Q: I have a couple of "stations" in my studio, and I would like to have a CME Xkey at each station. Can I connect more than one Xkey to the same computer? A: Yes, you can connect multiple Xkeys to your computer or... Read more »

Can I Use Any Microphone with the TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3?

Q: The new TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 looks awesome. Do I have to use the TC-Helicon MP-75 microphone with it or can I use any microphone? A: The MP-75 makes a great companion to the VoiceLive 3 because not only does it... Read more »

Keith McMillan Instruments Updates SoftStep

Keith McMillan Instruments has released new editors and firmware for the SoftStep programmable foot controller. New in this version is 8-times faster loading speed, reduced memory usage, a new user interface, user... Read more »

Native Instruments and Mavericks

Native Instruments has announced that the current versions of their software products are compatible with OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). They are reporting an issue with their non-class-compliant audio interfaces (such as... Read more »

88-key Keyboard and Ultimate Support AX-48 Pro

Q: I have an Ultimate Support AX-48 Pro that I purchased from Sweetwater, and I use it with a Roland RD-300NX 88-key digital piano (also purchased from Sweetwater). The keyboard rocks a little bit on the stand when... Read more »

Rob Papen Punch 1.0.4 Update Released

Rob Papen has released version 1.0.4 of Punch. The new version includes many more presets, drum presets, samples, and grooves, plus three new tutorials. This is a free update for registered users.

Roland Expands Windows 8.1 Compatibility

Roland has updated the following products for Windows 8.1 Compatibility: INTEGRA-7RC-505eBand JS-10HandSonic HPD-20OCTAPAD SPD-30SPD-SXTD-11TD-15TD-30SonicCell

MOTU Releases PT11 Support for MachFive 3

MOTU has released version 3.2 of MachFive 3. The new version adds 64-bit AAX support for use in Avid Pro Tools 11. Legacy RTAS support is included for use with earlier versions of Pro Tools.

Korg Updates Kronos and Kronos X OS

Korg has released version 2.1 operating system for the Kronos and Kronos X keyboards. The new version includes a more powerful CX-3 engine, with an updated effects section and enhanced amp model, rotary speaker, and... Read more »

Spectrasonics and Mavericks

Spectrasonics has announced that three of their products are now qualified for use with Apple's new OS X 10.9 (Mavericks): Omnisphere, Trilian, and Stylus RMX.

Should I Use a Direct Box or the Instrument Input on my Preamp/Audio Interface?

Q: My microphone preamp has an instrument-level input. Is it okay to use that, or do I have to use a direct box? A: If you are able to position yourself close to the preamp (regular instrument cable distance), there... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases Pro Tools 11 and MASCHINE 2.0 Support

Native Instruments has released new versions of the instruments and effects in KOMPLETE. The new versions provide compatibility with Native Instruments' MASCHINE 2.0 software, as well as 64-bit AAX plug-in support... Read more »