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Tech Tips

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.

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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 »

Dave Smith Instruments Releases OS Update and Soundset for Tempest

Dave Smith Instruments, one of the most acclaimed and beloved designers of analog and analog/digital hybrid synthesizers, has updated the operating system on the Tempest analog/digital hybrid instrument to OS 1.4... Read more »

Does “Mono” = One Oscillator?

Q: Do monophonic synthesizers only have one oscillator? A: You're not alone if you think that all monophonic synthesizers have one oscillator (or more broadly, one tone generator). In general, the definition of... Read more »

Fix It Before the Mix

How many times have you heard an engineer (or yourself!) say, "We'll fix it in the mix." Smoothing over a rough patch in a song during mixdown is something we've all done — and there's nothing wrong with that... Read more »

What is the Difference Between Vibrato and Tremolo?

Vibrato and tremolo are often confused — and not just by musicians, but by manufacturers as well. The tremolo arm on your favorite guitar, for example, is actually a vibrato arm. As modulation effects, both... Read more »

System Update for KRONOS and KRONOS X

Korg has continually been on the frontline of delivering powerful music workstations, and the KRONOS family is no exception. Shipping versions of the workstation come with System Version 3.0, which is about to be... Read more »

How To: Boss RC-300 All Play and Single Track Modes

The Boss RC-300 is a super-powerful, easy-to-use, and fun looper pedal. You get three separate stereo tracks for looping to your heart's content. Right out of the box the RC-300 will play all three tracks at the... Read more »

Roland iOS 8 Compatibility

Roland is posting compatibility information for their products with iOS 8 to a page on their support site. Plus, any additional requirements, such as wireless USB adapters, are listed on this page for specific... Read more »

Roland Compatibility with Yosemite

Roland is posting compatibility information for their products with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite to a page on their support site. In addition, updated compatible drivers are also accessible from this page for specific... Read more »

Can a Macbook Pro Power an Xkey and an iRig Pads at the Same Time?

Q: I'm going to be traveling, and I want to take along my Macbook Pro so I can work on music while I am away. I'm thinking of getting a CME Xkey USB keyboard and IK Multimedia iRig Pads USB pad controller to play... Read more »

How to Use an External Footswitch With the Boss RC-3 Loop Station

Q: I noticed that the Boss RC-3 Loop Station has a footswitch jack labeled "Stop/Memory Shift." This is obviously to plug in an external footswitch to control those parameters, but how exactly does it work? A: The... Read more »

Moog Releases Firmware v2.1.1 for Minitaur

Moog Music has released version 2.1.1 firmware for the Minitaur analog bass synthesizer. The new version includes: Fixed MIDI Sustain Pedal bug; doesn't cut off notes that are still held when releasing SustainFixed... Read more »

Native Instruments Announces Yosemite Compatibility

Native Instruments has announced that their current software is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Native Instruments hardware currently has a conflict with the AVID CoreAudioManager and Drivers when... Read more »

Yosemite Compatibility Information

Following up on our recommendation yesterday to be conservative about jumping to a new operating system before all your software is updated and compatible, the Sweetwater Tech Team is compiling and... Read more »

Can the IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard Send Pedal Messages?

Q: Can you use a sustain pedal with the IK Multimedia iRig BlueBoard? Can it send sustain and other pedal messages from its pads/buttons? A: Yes, the iRig BlueBoard can send either MIDI program change messages or... Read more »

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 »