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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.

Keyboard Tech Tips

PreSonus Unveils Presence XT Editor and Studio One 3.2.2

PreSonus's Presence XT sample player, as found in the company's Studio One 3 DAW, is a powerful sample-based instrument offering tons of great sounds. Now Presence XT has been opened up for creative musicians... Read more »

Applied Acoustics Updates String Studio VS-2 to v2.0.3

Applied Acoustics has released an update to String Studio VS-2, their string modulator synthesizer. The new update includes the following bug fixes and enhancements: Fixed buffer overflow in old MIDI code that... Read more »

Record Your Synth Through a Mic Preamp

With so many fantastic software synthesizers out there, one reason some people go with hardware synths is to capture some of that analog mojo. Lots of synthesizers sound great with their outputs plugged directly... Read more »

Arturia Updates BeatStep Pro Firmware

Arturia has released a firmware update to their BeatStep Pro controller and sequencer. Firmware version 1.4.0 offers numerous fixes and features improved stability when following MIDI, DIN, or analog external... Read more »

Arturia Updates Keylab 88 Firmware

Arturia has released a firmware update for their Keylab 88 USB controller keyboard. Firmware version 1.4.0, which in addition to numerous stability fixes, features the ability to create a 5-point velocity curve... Read more »

How to Control CV-based Analog Synths with Your Computer

Analog synthesizers, and analog synth modules such as Eurorack modules, are becoming more popular than ever. These devices are manipulated via electrical control voltages (CV) rather than digital messages carried... Read more »

What is the Difference Between an Active and a Passive DI Box?

The most obvious difference is that passive DI boxes don't need to be powered. Active DI boxes require a power source, usually batteries or phantom power over an XLR jack. But the differences go deeper than that... Read more »

Native Instruments Maschine “TruTorials — Season 2” Arrives

Native Instruments has released "Season 2" of their instructive, fast-paced, short "TruTorials" for Maschine. The TruTorials are designed to get you creating fast — each 90-second episode focuses on one... Read more »

What’s a “Line Check”?

A "line check" is the process of making sure that all of the microphones, cables, and direct boxes on stage are working before the show or soundcheck starts. You can do this by having an associate with a cable... Read more »

UVI Updates Falcon to v1.1

UVI has updated their flagship hybrid synthesizer, Falcon, to version 1.1. The new version is a major update with the following new and improved features: Thorus, 8-voice chorus effectNumerous FM oscillator... Read more »

Live Sound: Cable Organization

Nothing can ruin your set faster than tripping over cables — not only are cables a safety hazard for the performers, it's all too easy to pull over a piece of gear, break an input or output jack, or otherwise... Read more »

Live Sound: Don’t Forget the Extension Cord

These days, nearly every musician needs power onstage — even vocalists need power for charging their iPads! Most musicians know that they should bring an extra power strip or two to the gig, just in case the... Read more »

Synths Onstage: Keyboard Amp or PA?

The Internet is littered with articles, blogs, and opinions on how to amplify electric guitars onstage. While there isn't as much discussion about it, synths need amplification too! You have two choices for... Read more »

Preventing Volume Wars

We admit it, we love to hear a cranked up guitar amp, a thunderous bass, and hammering drums — there's nothing like it! But volume can very easily get out of hand, leading to a volume war onstage. The... Read more »

What is a “Snake” and Do I Need One?

"Snake" is a generalized term for many cables all permanently bundled together in a tube or other binding. A snake is useful when you need to route a bunch of cables from one location to another — rather than... Read more »

How can I Play an Analog Synth Module If It Doesn’t have MIDI?

Before the days of MIDI and MIDI controllers, synthesizers were operated using control voltages (CV). You would patch a cable between the keyboard controller's CV output and the CV input of the analog synthesizer... Read more »

Rob Papen Releases NKS-compatible Instruments

Rob Papen has updated five of their virtual instruments to be compatible with Native Instruments' NKS format for their Komplete Kontrol S-series of controllers. The instruments are Blue-II, RAW, Blade, RG, and... Read more »

Strymon MultiSwitch and Firmware Updates

The Strymon MultiSwitch adds a lot of creative power when combined with the company's TimeLine, Mobius, or BigSky pedals. In most cases, connecting a MultiSwitch to your Strymon pedal will be simply "plug and play,"... Read more »

UVI Falcon Updated to v1.0.7

UVI has updated their powerhouse hybrid synthesizer, Falcon, to version 1.0.7. The update contains the following fixes and additions: Fix regression with legato multi point envelope introduced in 1.0.4Fix issue with... Read more »

Fresh Tones: Wah at the End of the Pedal Chain

The classic position for a wah pedal is as the first pedal your guitar sees (or second, if you use a vintage fuzz pedal that doesn't deal well with buffers). It's almost considered gospel: the wah becomes part of... Read more »

Cool Tool: Ansmann Work Light

Shed a little light on the subject! There's nothing worse than trying to set up on a dark stage or fiddling around in the dark inside or behind a rack loaded full of equipment. Sure, many smartphones have a... Read more »

How to Create Pitch Effects Using Filters

Some of the most engaging, energetic synth lines consist of short, pulsing notes that at first listen, sound as if they're changing pitch. But when you listen analytically, you'll hear that, in fact, the fundamental... Read more »

Give Your Sequences “Feel” with Groove Extraction

The days of sequenced MIDI parts sounding robotic are over. (Unless you want your MIDI tracks to sound robotic, of course. There's nothing wrong with that!) There are lots of parameters and features in most... Read more »

Shift MIDI Notes to Compensate for Slow Synth Attack

Ever had a favorite synth sound, but the attack is just a bit slow? When you use that patch to record, it always sounds like it's playing late compared to the drums, etc. You might be tempted to adjust the attack of... Read more »