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inSync Tech Tips cover over 4,700 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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UVI Workstation Now Compatible with El Capitan

Apple's recent OS X 10.11 update (El Capitan) introduced an issue that caused some Audio Units plug-ins to fail validation, including UVI Workstation, a free player that drives many of UVI's products. UVI has... Read more »

U-he Updates Everything

U-he has updated their plug-ins with various common enhancements and fixes. They include: UI Improvements All plugin UIs now have 10% scaling, from 70% to 200%.The ACE UI is now clearer and has new modulation... Read more »

Avid releases Sibelius 8.0.1

Avid has updated Sibelius to version 8.0.1 with over 100 enhancements, including: Fully localised editions of What's New, Tutorials, and Reference guidesThe mouse cursor now changes to a Pen icon when entering... Read more »

Native Instruments and El Capitan Compatibility

Native Instruments has released the following statement on Apple Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan Compatibility with their software: In Mac OS X 10.11, Native Instruments Audio Units plug-ins will not pass the AU... Read more »

Nektar Panorama and Impact and El Capitan

Nektar has released the following update on the OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility of the Panorama series of control surfaces/USB-MIDI controller keyboards: "We have found some issues during the process of testing... Read more »

Propellerhead and El Capitan

Propellerhead Software has announced that all of the latest versions of their products, including Reason 8, Reason Essentials 8, and the Balance audio interface have been tested with no problems found, and are... Read more »

Arturia and Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan Compatibility

Arturia has released the following statement regarding the Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility of their suite of software instruments: "Our testing team is still working on the qualification of the Arturia... Read more »

Updating to OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Today (September 30, 2015) Apple is releasing the latest update to the Mac operating system, OS X 10.11 "El Capitan." It offers many compelling new features for general use, such as improved performance, split... Read more »

What is the YouTube -13 LUFS Loudness Reference Level?

LUFS (Loudness Units before Full Scale) is a synonym for Loudness, K-weighted, relative to Full Scale (LKFS), which is a loudness standard that aims to normalize loudness levels across broadcast mediums. In other... Read more »

Looking for Inspiration? Create Your Own Presets!

So you just bought a new synthesizer, programmable effects processor, or plug-in, and you love the presets. You're thrilled with how it sounds. You explore every preset, tweaking them to your taste and it's... Read more »

Effects Tip: Use an Octave Effect to Thicken your Sound

This effects tip is good for any instrument, and it works both for recording and live performance. If you want to thicken up the tone of an instrument, consider using an octave effect. Mix it in subtly, to the point... Read more »

Q: What is Efficiency in a Speaker?

The "efficiency" of a speaker refers to the sound level in decibels (dB) measured from a distance of one meter. Decibels, in this case, are a measure of perceived volume, not power, so the more efficient the... Read more »

What is the Difference between a Wire and a Cable?

A "wire" is a single conductor (typically copper, but silver, aluminum, gold, and other materials are also used) that may be solid or stranded. Two or more insulated wires grouped together in a sleeve or jacket... Read more »

Synth Recording Tip: Warm It Up with a Tube Amp

You have an incredible, warm-, alive-sounding hardware analog synthesizer. The last thing you want is for it to sound cold and sterile when recorded. There are lots of plug-ins that you can use to warm up and excite... Read more »

Nektar Panorama Supports Logic Pro X and Alchemy

Nektar has announced Panorama P1, P4 and P6 controllers now integrate with Logic 9 and Logic Pro X. Panorama can control most aspects of Logic, including the mixer, insert plug-ins, instruments, and project... Read more »

Eventide Updates Stompboxes

Eventide is releasing software updates for all of their stompboxes. This update adds another routing option — the ability to use one channel for effects ("wet") and the other as an unaltered passthrough... Read more »

What is the Difference between Echo and Delay?

Many engineers and musicians use the two terms interchangeably. But if you want to get tweaky about it, echo effects are a subset of delay effects, but delay effects can be much more than just echo. A basic... Read more »

What is “Circuit Bending?”

Literally, bending a circuit in some way to change what it does. This refers to the adventurous and tech-savvy arming themselves with electrical engineering knowledge, the proper tools and parts, and opening up... Read more »

Waldorf Nave Software Synth Plug-in Updated

Waldorf has updated Nave, their flagship software synthesizer, to version 1.11. In addition to bug fixes, new features have been added, such as MIDI learn and mapping functionality. This update is free for all Nave... Read more »

PreSonus Updates Studio One 3 to v3.0.2

PreSonus has been busy; not only have they released a new free version of Studio One 3 called Studio One 3 Prime, but they have updated Studio One 3 to version 3.0.2. The free update introduces new functionality and... Read more »

Korg Updates Kronos Workstation Software to v.3.0.3

Korg's Kronos software version 3.0.3 adds a number of new features, including support for the Kronos Editor and Plug-in Editor 3 software, the ability to automatically remap factory Program references in sound files... Read more »

Can I use my Novation LaunchKey or LaunchPad with iOS?

The Novation Launchkey 25, Launchkey 49, Launchkey 61, and Launchpad (MK2) are all class-compliant and USB powered. This means that yes, they are iOS compatible. However, they must be USB powered from a Mac, PC, or... Read more »

Is There a Wah Pedal That Can Also Be an Expression Pedal?

Q: I've seen volume pedals that can also be expression pedals, but what I would like is a wah pedal that will also do expression. Is there such a thing? A: The Hotone Soul Press Micro Volume/Expression/Wah Pedal... Read more »

BeatBuddy Manager Updated for Mac and PC

Singular Sound, makers of BeatBuddy the first complete drum machine in a stompbox format, have updated their BeatBuddy Manager software. This is the most comprehensive update yet, featuring: Now both PC and Mac... Read more »