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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

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 »

IK Multimedia Releases v3.5 of SampleTank

IK Multimedia has updated SampleTank to version 3.5. This new version includes features requested by users, such as a new "favorite" system with star ratings, the ability to browse the instrument library by using... Read more »

Are the only Mobile Devices Capable of Music Creation the iPhone and iPad?

It's true, iOS has a huge head start over Android when it comes to the number of music-creation apps. But with software synthesizers like Caustic 3, and Line 6, Behringer, SoundCraft, PageFlip, AirTurn, and IK... Read more »

Use the Cloud to Collaborate Musically

These days, you can get free cloud storage nearly everywhere — from Dropbox, Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and more. They offer us space for our photographs and music libraries, for our office documents... Read more »

What is the Difference Between a Sample Bank and a Wavetable?

If you're not familiar with the details of wavetable synthesis, a wavetable and a sample bank can seem extremely similar. A sample bank is multiple samples collected in a single bank, and a wavetable is multiple... Read more »

What is a “Strobe” Tuner?

Most electronic tuners work by using a microprocessor to analyze the average period of the waveform of a vibrating string, and using LEDs to indicate whether the pitch of the string is higher, lower, or directly... Read more »

Synth Tip: Electric Guitar-style Vibrato

Do you want your synthesizer lead sounds to soar? Grab a trick from the guitarist's bag, and add some vibrato to your sustaining runs. And not just any vibrato — specifically guitar-like vibrato is what gets... Read more »

How to Ratchet Notes in a Step Sequencer

Let's say you've set up your step sequencer to the tempo and the note division that you want. However as your song progresses, you find you want to add trills and note flurries that are shorter than the chosen... Read more »

Moog Theremini Editor Now Available for Mac and PC

Everyone familiar with science-fiction soundtracks or classic rock is familiar with the unique and amazing theremin. Moog has made bringing the theremin to the masses one of their missions, releasing both a whole... Read more »

Protect your Ears!

There's nothing quite like the satisfying crack and thump of a live drum kit, the punch of bass and guitar amplifiers, and the energy of synthesizers and vocals over the PA system or powered monitors. And if a... Read more »

Why do some MIDI synths have CV/Gate jacks?

Q: Why do some MIDI synthesizers and effects have CV/Gate jacks? A: Back before MIDI, the only way for one device to control another was through the use of control voltage inputs and outputs, and gate (trigger)... Read more »