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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.

Live Sound Tech Tips

To Rack or Not to Rack

The '80s may have been the heyday of the "rack of doom"-style guitar rig, with huge, refrigerator-sized equipment racks filled with all sorts of processors. This resulted in something of a backlash against monster... Read more »

Crank It Up, Turn Down the Bass Control

When you're playing your guitar parts by yourself at lower volumes, you'll probably want to turn your bass knob on your amp up to give your guitar full-bodied sound. However, when you're playing loud, especially in... Read more »

Mix Tip: More Exciting Bass

On some of the most popular listening devices, such as headphones, earbuds, and computer speakers, the ability to reproduce bass is severely limited, and too much low bass in a mix will overwhelm the music. However... Read more »

How Often Should I Replace My Audio Cables?

Cables don't "wear out" in the same way that some components, such as vacuum tubes, do. In most cases, unless it is damaged or suffers wear from being coiled/uncoiled, stepped on, pulled, twisted, bent, or otherwise... Read more »

What Does the Tube in a Tube Mic Do?

Capacitor (condenser) mics generally reproduce a signal with low levels that need internal pre-amplification so that the mic can output a strong enough signal to survive the trip through a cable and into a... Read more »

Can I connect S16 or SD16 to the XR18?

Q: Can the Behringer S16 I/O Box and Behringer SD16 digital snake connect to the Behringer XR18 mixer? A:No, they cannot. The XR-series mixers do not support additional inputs over Ethernet, which is how the S16 and... Read more »

Can I Control the Behringer XR18 from the X32?

Q: Can the Behringer X32 digital mixer control the Behringer XR18 digital rackmount mixer? A: The XR18 does not have AES50 network ports, therefore the X32 cannot control the XR18. Also the internal X32 software is... Read more »

Keith McMillen Instruments Introduces iOS Support for K-MIX

Keith McMillen Instruments continues to expand the capabilities of their recently released K-MIX 8-input, 10-output audio interface and programmable mixer by introducing iOS support in the latest firmware update... Read more »

Keith McMillen Instruments Updates K-MIX Editor

Keith McMillen Instruments has updated their K-MIX Editor software editor for OS X to version 1.2. The new combination software and K-MIX firmware update for the K-MIX mixer, in addition to numerous bug fixes... Read more »

What’s the Difference between Electret and Capacitor Mics?

An electret, or back-electret microphone, is one type of capacitor/condenser microphone. All capacitor microphones work by having an electrical charge applied. As the sound waves strike the diaphragm and make it... Read more »

Digital Mixers: Recalling Presets Changes the Game

If you play a lot of shows and do your own sound, you know how difficult it can be to sound consistent from show to show. Every venue is different: different layout, different acoustics, different sound... Read more »

What is the Difference Between an Active and a Passive DI Box?

The most obvious difference is that passive DI boxes don't need to be powered. Active DI boxes require a power source, usually batteries or phantom power over an XLR jack. But the differences go deeper than that... Read more »

How to EQ for Open, Airy Mixes

You often hear people talking about "open" mixes that sound "airy" rather than mushy. Generally, "air" corresponds to those frequencies over 12kHz or so -┬áthe high, sparkly stuff. Many times when we mix, there tends... Read more »

What’s a “Line Check”?

A "line check" is the process of making sure that all of the microphones, cables, and direct boxes on stage are working before the show or soundcheck starts. You can do this by having an associate with a cable... Read more »

Live Sound Tip: Don’t Forget the Drum Mat

Not every venue will have a drum mat or rug for the drums to be set up on. It may not seem like a vital piece of a kit compared to the hardware, drums, cymbals, and percussion, but that lowly mat can be the... Read more »

Live Mix Compression: Use Carefully

When you're mixing in the studio, you can never have enough compression. One compressor is used for a couple of dB of compression on a track, then another compressor adds a couple of dB of compression on a bus, and... Read more »

Cool Tool: Hand-held Recorder

In these days of computers, smartphones, and tablets, it's easier than ever to plug microphones into an audio interface or mixer, and send all the sources to your DAW of choice. But don't underestimate the value of... Read more »

Live Sound: Cable Organization

Nothing can ruin your set faster than tripping over cables — not only are cables a safety hazard for the performers, it's all too easy to pull over a piece of gear, break an input or output jack, or otherwise... Read more »

Live Sound: Don’t Forget the Extension Cord

These days, nearly every musician needs power onstage — even vocalists need power for charging their iPads! Most musicians know that they should bring an extra power strip or two to the gig, just in case the... Read more »

Synths Onstage: Keyboard Amp or PA?

The Internet is littered with articles, blogs, and opinions on how to amplify electric guitars onstage. While there isn't as much discussion about it, synths need amplification too! You have two choices for... Read more »

Live Sound: Control Tom Rumble with Gates

If you're doing live sound for a loud band or in a larger venue, you'll likely find yourself needing to mic up the drums and send them through the PA. But as the volume goes up, you can start to have problems with... Read more »

Does my PA Need a Subwoofer?

It takes a lot of energy to project very low frequencies. This means that in a medium-sized or larger venue, it's easy for kick drums and low toms, bass guitars, synth basses, and other very low frequency sounds to... Read more »

Preventing Volume Wars

We admit it, we love to hear a cranked up guitar amp, a thunderous bass, and hammering drums — there's nothing like it! But volume can very easily get out of hand, leading to a volume war onstage. The... Read more »

What is the “Ducker” on My PA Mixer?

On a live mixer, a ducker literally "ducks" (attenuates or reduces the volume of) the signals when a "trigger" or "sidechain" signal is detected on a specific channel. Duckers are particularly useful for when... Read more »