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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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East West Releases PLAY 4

East West has released version 4 of PLAY for all PLAY-compatible East West libraries. The new version includes new features such as a new mixer window, a new true-stereo reverb, the option to use the new Channel FX... Read more »

UltraNova Vocoder Update

Novation has released version 1.3 software for the UltraNova. This version includes a major update of the vocoder algorithm to greatly improve its sound and performance. A bank of new patches is included and the... Read more »

Is It Possible to Rename or Delete Presets in iMini?

Q: Is it possible to rename or delete presets in Arturia's iMini app? A: According to Arturia, it is not currently possible to rename or delete presets. You can, of course, do all kinds of preset management within... Read more »

Does the Novation Launchkey Support Bus Power with iPad?

Q: The Novation Launchkey says that it supports bus power with the iPad, but I can't get it to work. When I plug it in, I get a message that says, "Accessory unavailable, the attached accessory uses too much power."... Read more »

Synth Tricks: 8-Step Program

Anyone who owns a monophonic analog synth quickly appreciates the value of a built-in arpeggiator. Play it through a delay, and it's one of the fastest ways to get implied harmony from something that could... Read more »

Novation UltraNova Firmware Update

Novation has released a free firmware update to the UltraNova synthesizer. The updated version includes a new vocoder algorithm with Separation and Spread controls for moving the bands, formant freeze, adjustable... Read more »

Arturia Announces Pro Tools 11 Compatibility

Arturia has released the free AAX Updater, which will update installed Arturia software instruments with Pro Tools 11 AAX compatibility and 64-bit support. All of Arturia's virtual instruments are supported by the... Read more »

How to Use Rob Papen Virtual Instruments Without A DAW

Ever want to fire up your Rob Papen virtual instruments without loading your DAW? Certainly this would be a great capability for live performance and for playing parts "live" in the studio, and for just messing... Read more »

Free Roland Integra-7 Editor Plug-in Now Available for Macintosh

Roland has released a free Mac-based plug-in editor for the popular — and immensely powerful — Integra-7 SuperNATURAL sound module. VST and Audio Units versions are available, allowing you to control... Read more »

Dave Smith Instruments Releases Tempest OS v1.3

Dave Smith Instruments has released version 1.3 operating system for the Tempest. The new version includes a number of fixes and performance enhancements, as well as a list of new features: Playlist playback and... Read more »

Rob Papen Updates Predator to Version 1.6.4

Rob Papen has released version 1.6.4 of Predator. The new version includes a Big Screen graphic mode for a 150% larger GUI display, over 450 new presets arranged into appropriate categories, additional Clipper... Read more »

Arturia Releases Oberheim SEM V and Wurlitzer-V Updates

Arturia has released version 1.1.6 of Oberheim SEM V and version 1.0.5 of Wurlitzer-V. Both updates are focused on improved performance and stability, and MIDI enhancements. Both updates are free downloads.

Free Waldorf Rocket Control App

The Waldorf Rocket is an incredibly popular and powerful synth, combining digital waveforms with an analog filter. The compact Rocket is USB-driven and features a fast, easy user interface based on the front panel... Read more »

Pigtronix Infinity Looper Firmware Update

Pigtronix has released a major new free firmware update for the Infinity Looper pedal. A number of new features are included in this update: Reverse Playback — loops can now play backward under footswitch control... Read more »

Korg Legacy Collection Updated

Korg has released an update for the Legacy Collection of legendary Korg synthesizers, including the MS-20, PolySix, Mono/Poly, Wavestation, and M1, as well as MDE-X effects and LegacyCell. The new version supports... Read more »

Akai Professional Releases MPC Software Version 1.3

Akai Professional has released version 1.3 of MPC software. The new version includes support for multitimbral VST and AudioUnits plug-ins, "Vintage Mode" for rawer 12-bit sound quality, improved workflow, easy grid... Read more »

What is an Encoder?

Q: I see a lot of keyboards and control surfaces that say they have "encoders." Isn't this just a regular knob? A: A rotary encoder does indeed closely resemble (and perform) like a traditional control "knob" on a... Read more »

How to Split MIDI Signals

Q: I have a MIDI controller keyboard that I want use to control two sound modules at the same time. How can I split the MIDI output so it can feed into both? A: There are two possible solutions: 1. If either of the... Read more »

Synth Tricks: Powerful MIDI Tricks

In these modern times of USB and bluetooth connections, the power of the 30-year old 5-pin MIDI connecter may have faded from your idea factory. But there are still many powerful tricks that only MIDI can offer. One... Read more »

AirTurn Compatibility Update

As of today, January 9, 2013, the following iOS apps are confirmed by the manufacturer to be compatible with the AirTurn BT-105: Avid Scorch Cool Reader DeepDish GigBook DrumSetlist Manager EBookDroid ezPDF Reader... Read more »

COOL TOOL: Moog Ladder

Given that the Moog Ladder filter for 500 series format racks comes from Moog Music, you might be inclined to think that it is only to be used for processing synthesizers. But that couldn't be further from the... Read more »

AudioBus Released for iPad and iPhone

iOS musicians, rejoice! A new app called "AudioBus" is available from the iTunes App Store. AudioBus allows you to load and mix apps as input devices into a chain, insert an effects processing app, then send the... Read more »

Synth Tricks: Gift Ideas

Ever since I’ve been an adult (well, kinda anyway), my friends and family have claimed that I’m hard to shop for because I’m into such tweaky things. (I suppose that’s nicer than saying I’m a geek!) If you care for... Read more »

Cool Tool: Namba Gear Kucha iPad Messenger Bag

Get your iPad where you're going safe and sound! The Namba Gear Kucha has a padded entire for the iPad, as well as a space that's big enough to hold an Alesis iO Dock. There's also plenty of pockets and room for a... Read more »