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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

Spectrasonics Confirms macOS 10.12 Sierra Compatibility

Spectrasonics has released the following statement regarding their products and compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra: "Omnisphere 2, Keyscape, Trilian, and Stylus RMX are now qualified for use with MacOS Sierra."

UVI Updates Falcon to Version 1.2

UVI has released an update to their hybrid instrument Falcon. The new version focuses on delivering new and updated modules, new factory presets, and enhanced functionality. Three new effects have been added... Read more »

AAS Updates String Studio VS with NKS Support

Applied Acoustic Systems has updated their String Studio VS software synthesizer to version 2.0.4. The new version adds support for Native Instruments NKS format, which allows third-party instruments to... Read more »

Breaking News: Native Instrument Hardware & macOS Sierra

Native Instruments has released the following statement regarding their hardware and macOS 10.12 Sierra: After intensive testing and close collaboration with Apple, we're happy to report full compatibility and... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE 2.4.7 Update

Native Instruments has updated MASCHINE to version 2.4.7. In addition to bug fixes, the new version features: Sampler: New slicer layout, "Mono" apply option, non-blocking sample analysis, snap-to-nearest transient... Read more »

Propellerhead Releases Reason 9.1 Update

Propellerhead has released a free update — version 9.1 — to Reason featuring the addition of Ableton Link support. Ableton Link, introduced in November 2015, allows apps on different devices to play in... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases KONTAKT 5.6

Native Instruments has released a free update to their flagship sampling application, KONTAKT. KONTAKT version 5.6 offers users an updated interface, improved stability, and bug fixes. In addition, it offers... Read more »

Creative Recording: Mic Your Headphones!

Sometimes, getting that narrow-band, old-transistor-radio type tone is just what a song needs. Many EQ and filter plug-ins offer some kind of "telephone" setting, but if you want to have some fun getting that effect... Read more »

Modulate Sample Start for Better Synth Sounds

If you're looking for a simple way to make a sample-based synthesizer patch more dynamic, try modulating the sample start using velocity. If the sample has a powerful and punchy attack transient, modulate the sample... Read more »

What is the Difference between Word Clock and Clock Sync?

Every digital device has an internal clock that determines when each sample should be captured (recorded) or reconstructed (replayed). This is the "word clock" — a digital clock that governs the sample rate of... Read more »

What is True Stereo versus Pseudo-stereo?

In terms of effects and processors, there are a number of terms that can apply to the "stereo-ness" of the signal. Consider these definitions: True Stereo — The stereo signal consists of two related channels... Read more »

Korg Releases Electribe V2.0 and Free Patterns

Korg has released a new version 2.0 operating system for their Electribe and Electribe Sampler. The Version 2.0 operating system addresses three big user requests: Single-level undoPattern chainingOn-screen original... Read more »

Push/Pull MIDI Drums for Added Feel

It's never been easier to program drum parts. Nearly every DAW will let you draw a part directly on a musical grid or you can use tracks generated by an awesome instrument such as Toontrack EZdrummer 2. Just... Read more »

How to Convert Arturia V4 Presets to V5

Arturia has released a Preset Updater for updating presets made for their V Collection 4 software instruments to be compatible with V Collection 5 instruments. Simply download the preset updater app, click to start... Read more »

Yamaha Updates MONTAGE Firmware to v1.11

Yamaha has released the version 1.11 update to the operating system of their MONTAGE line of keyboard workstation synthesizers. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the following new features are available in the... Read more »

Toontrack Releases EZDrummer v2.1.2

Toontrack has updated EZDrummer to version 2.1.2. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the new update includes: Pasting onto an empty track sets the time signature to that of the pasted loop.Drumkit preset menu... Read more »

How to Record the Output of a Reason 9 Player Device to a Track

One of the new features in Propellerhead Reason 9 is Player devices (such as Note Echo, Scales and Chords, and Dual Arpeggio), which let you alter playback of a MIDI performance in realtime. This means if you record... Read more »

How Often Should I Replace My Audio Cables?

Cables don't "wear out" in the same way that some components, such as vacuum tubes, do. In most cases, unless it is damaged or suffers wear from being coiled/uncoiled, stepped on, pulled, twisted, bent, or otherwise... Read more »

Avid Releases Sibelius 8.4

Avid has just released Sibelius 8.4. In addition to numerous bug fixes and improvements, this update introduces a new Custom Staff Sizes feature. There are now four staff sizes for you to choose among, defined in... Read more »

How to Use Both Delay and Reverb During Mixdown

Delay and reverb are classic effects that you'll find yourself using in almost every mix, sometimes on different tracks, but often on the same track. There are no hard and fast rules as to how you must use these... Read more »

Nektar Adds Reason 9 Support

Nektar has released an update to their line of keyboard controllers that includes both DAW integration with the just-released Propellerhead Reason 9 and mapping for the three new Player devices included in Reason 9... Read more »

Arturia Updates V Collection 5

Arturia has released the first software update to their award-winning V Collection 5. This update is mostly a bugfix and subtle enhancement update, however Arturia notes that they have addressed issues and requests... Read more »

Breaking News: Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE v2.4.6 Hotfix

Native Instruments has released the following statement: "The MASCHINE 2.4.5 update uploaded to Service Center on Tuesday contains a critical issue that affects certain third-party plug-ins. A new version, 2.4.6... Read more »

Dave Smith Instruments Updates Prophet 6

Dave Smith Instruments has updated the operating system of the Sequential Prophet 6 to OS v1.3.1. The new operating system includes feature enhancements and new effects that were originally developed for the OB-6... Read more »