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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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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 »

How Do I Connect One Expression Pedal to Multiple Devices?

Q: I have two pedals; there is one expression input on one of the pedals and two expression ports on the other. How do I connect my expression pedal to all three ports at the same time"? A: The Mission Engineering... Read more »

Should I Use Graphic or Parametric EQ?

A graphic EQ is designed to cut or boost level on equally spaced frequencies, such as 1/3-octave or octave spacing, with a preset bandwidth value. Parametric EQ, on the other hand, gives you fewer EQ bands, but with... Read more »

Hardware vs. Software

Here's an FAQ we see all the time: which is better; software or hardware? This question has raged since software emulations first appeared. And we here at Sweetwater have the final, definitive answer: it depends... Read more »

How Many Features Do I Need?

Q: I'm looking at picking up some new gear, but I can't decide which features I need for the stuff I want — should I get something with tons of control or something simple? There are benefits to both simple... Read more »

Pigtronix Updates Infinity Looper to v2.0

Pigtronix has updated their powerful Infinity Looper to version 2.0. This firmware update offers significant new features: 50 presets — Up to 100 loops maximumMinimum Loop Time — 10ms shortest... Read more »

How Can I Make My Delay Pedal “Self-oscillate”?

"Self-oscillation" is a function of analog delays and analog-voiced digital delays. It refers to the point at which the delay circuit becomes over-saturated with regenerating signal and creates a self-perpetuating... Read more »

Q: What is the Difference Between an “Effect” and a “Processor”?

Many people use the two terms interchangeably. But if we're going to get picky about it, we'd say an "effect" treats your audio, in effect adding its own signal to the existing signal (such as a delay effect that... Read more »

Akai iMPC Pro Updated to v1.3

iMPC, the iPad virtual MPC from Akai and Retronyms, has been updated to version 1.3. This feature packed upgrade offers: Added a Slice Loop mode to the EditorSliced loops can be used with the padsSupport for sliced... Read more »

Elektron launches Overbridge Public Beta

If you've wanted to seamlessly integrate your Elektron Analog Keys, Analog Four, and/or Analog Rytm hardware with your DAW, now is your chance. Elektron has released Overbridge, a VST and AU plug-in for Mac OS X and... Read more »

DigiTech Updates Trio Band Creator

Digitech has updated their innovative Trio band creator pedal. The pedal listens to your guitar performance and automatically generates bass and drum parts to match your song in realtime. The Trio Update v1.0 can be... Read more »

Komplete Kontrol S-Series Controller Software Updated to Version 1.1

Native instruments has updated the software running their Komplete Kontrol S-Series controllers to version 1.1. New in this version: Route and record the MIDI output from Komplete Kontrol's Smart Play functions into... Read more »

Native Instruments Maschine Updated to Version 2.3

Native Instruments has released a free update to Maschine, bringing it to version 2.3. The new update is chock full of features and improvements: New cymbal drum synth and hi-hat engine New snare and tom drum synth... Read more »

Q: What is a “Sus2” Chord?

When you see the notation "sus2" after a chord the notation indicates that instead of playing the third note from the root to build a standard chord triad (1-3-5) you'd play the second note from the root note... Read more »

Rob Papen Predator-PL Updated

Synth guru Rob Papen has updated his virtual patch player Predator-PL new features include a new Unison Stereo Spread setting, a new global tuning option that lets you change the A4 tuning, and six new presets: 02... Read more »

Cool Tool: Gaffer Tape Mastery!

Gaffer tape is one of the essentials of life for musicians and live sound and recording engineers. But taping down cables is a drag — who wants to crawl around the floor in who-knows-what debris and sticky... Read more »

Nektar Updates Panorama’s Cubase Integration

Nektar have updated their Panorama Keyboard Controller's deep integration for Cubase to version 1.5. The upgrade includes a complete overhaul of the plug-in map engine, adding capabilities to handle dynamically... Read more »

What is the Difference between a Balanced vs Unbalanced Audio Signal?

The difference between balanced and unbalanced audio signals has to do with the design of the audio circuit. A balanced audio circuit, like the XLR inputs on a pro audio rack processor, has both positive (+) and... Read more »