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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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Better Looping Through Tone Shaping

Looping is a great way to flex all of your musical muscles. First, you have to write a cool riff; then you have to be able to play it in time, with the proper inflections and attitude. While that's playing, you have... Read more »

Nektar Announces Reason 8 Support for Panorama

Nektar has released a new Panorama-family Reason installer that delivers full compatibility with Propellerhead Software's Reason 8, as well as backward compatibility to Reason 5 and newer. New features include the... Read more »

IK Multimedia Releases Sampletank 3 version 3.0.2

IK Multimedia has released version 3.0.2 of Sampletank 3. The new version includes minor fixes.

Roland VR-09 Update

Roland has released version 1.03 software for the VR-09. The updated version includes 10 new electric piano sounds, including SA and FM electric pianos, based on the waveforms from the RD-800 digital piano and... Read more »

Updating Native Instruments Komplete Instruments for KOMPLETE KONTROL

Q: I've been told that I need to update my Native Instruments Komplete instruments to make them compatible with KOMPLETE KONTROL. Is this true, and how do I do it? A: Yes, for full compatibility with KOMPLETE... Read more »

Integrating Native Instruments KOMPLETE KONTROL with DAWs

Native Instruments' new KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series and the KOMPLETE KONTROL app are tremendously powerful tools for navigating and managing the thousands and thousands of sounds that come with KOMPLETE 9/9 Ultimate... Read more »

Korg Updates Taktile to v2 — now with iOS Support

Korg has released version 2 system software for the Taktile USB controller keyboards, including taktile-25, taktile-49, and TRITON taktile-25, and TRITON taktile-49. The new version adds a low power mode, which... Read more »

Battery Conservation

Battery-powered convenience means less cables to deal with and one less AC connection to have to find an outlet for or that might possibly cause a ground-loop hum. However, replacing batteries can be a pain due to... Read more »

SampleTank 3 Live Mode

Q: I want to use IK Multimedia's new SampleTank 3 onstage for performances, running standalone on my computer. Does it work this way? A: SampleTank features a full-blown dedicated Live mode that allows you to... Read more »

Is SampleTank 3 Backward compatible with Older Libraries?

Q: I have some older SampleTank modules I don't want to lose, including Miroslav Strings and Sonik Synth. Can I import these into IK Multimedia SampleTank 3? Can I import my old combis? A: Absolutely. SampleTank 3... Read more »

Does SampleTank 3 Support Pro Tools?

Q: Does IK Multimedia's new SampleTank 3 support Pro Tools? And is it 64-bit compatible? A: Yes! SampleTank 3 runs as an AAX plug-in in Pro Tools, and it is fully 64-bit compatible.

How to Use the Minimum Volume Control on a Volume Pedal

Aside from setting the volume level of your instrument, volume pedals are great for volume-swell effects. Typically, a volume pedal set in the toe-forward position is full-volume and in the heel-down position is... Read more »

How to Pan a Mix with In-Ear Monitors

Since in-ear monitors cut out a lot of noise, especially on a loud stage, you can really take advantage of the clear sound and use panning to get your mix just right. If you are a drummer, try placing the... Read more »

Applied Acoustics Systems Releases String Studio VS-2 version 2.01 Update

Applied Acoustics Systems (AAS) has released version 2.01 of String Studio VS-2. The new version adds support for MIDI assignment of the pitchbend wheel and aftertouch, as well as minimum and maximum value options... Read more »

How-To Listen: Part 1 – Sitting In

What is "sitting in"? Sitting in is one of the best ways to network and start letting other players know who you are. If you do it enough and do it well, before you know it, you will be in the band that has the... Read more »

How to Assign MIDI Controllers in Toontrack EZdrummer 2

Our friends at Toontrack have created an excellent, brief video tutorial on how to assign MIDI controllers to parameters in EZdrummer 2. Now you can get hands on with the EZdrummer 2 mixer and more using the knobs... Read more »

Easy MIDI Note Erase in PreSonus Studio One 2

PreSonus's Studio One 2 DAW has a cool feature called "note erase"; if you select Note Erase in the Record panel while recording a MIDI part, a note played during a recording pass will erase and replace existing... Read more »

Cool Tool: Hosa Astro-Grip

Take control of cable clutter! No matter how neatly you coil, wrap, and secure cables, it seems they always end up a tangled mess. No more, with Hosa's Astro-Grip! This hook-and-loop cable wrap comes in a 15-foot... Read more »

Cakewalk Announces Z3TA+ Update for iPad

Cakewalk has released version 1.3 of Z3TA+ for iPad. The new version includes a number of new features: Import Z3TA+ presets from iOS, or Z3TA+ 2 plug-in, available on Windows and OS XImport user waves, MIDI arps... Read more »

What is Dual Mono Versus Stereo?

Q: What is the difference between dual mono and stereo? A: As with many things in life, it's all about relationships. "Dual mono" indicates two completely separate, independent, unrelated channels. For example, in a... Read more »

Dual Speed Control on the Pigtronix Rototron

The brand-new Pigtronix Rototron is an incredible rotating speaker simulator that offers very cool control capabilities. For example, there are two expression pedal inputs; one governs the low rotor speed while the... Read more »

Using In-Ear Monitors Onstage; a Professional’s View, Part 2

Last time, inSync consulted Sweetwater's Don Carr, a touring, professional musician and heard his experiences with in-ear monitors. This time we'll continue our conversation with Don and offer some practical advice... Read more »

Using In-Ear Monitors Onstage; a Professional’s View, Part 1

With the cost of quality in-ear monitors dropping, the thought of loud, heavy monitor wedges and amps has become less appealing to many working musicians and bands. In this 2-part article, inSync offers a... Read more »

Roland Updates AIRA Family

Roland has released version 1.1 software for the entire AIRA family, including the TR-8, TB-3, SYSTEM-1, and VT-3. The free update features enhancements to the entire line, including backup and restore capabilities... Read more »