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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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Waves Discontinues TDM Support

Waves has released the following statement regarding their support for the TDM plug-in format: "As of January 2016, Waves will stop supporting the TDM format. Any plug-ins installed or updated via the Waves Central... Read more »

How Hi-Z is High Enough?

Electric guitars with passive pickups will always sound better through a "hi-Z," or high-impedance input. This is because you want to plug your guitar into an amplifier, direct box, preamp, or audio interface that... Read more »

How to Boost, Compress, and Tweak the Bass for Added Punch

Mixing bass guitar is always a challenge. Too much bass can muddy the mix, eat up headroom, and drown out everything else. But too little bass can make a mix sound thin, not to mention that a lot of a song's energy... Read more »

What are the Differences Between Plate and Spring Reverbs?

Plate and spring reverbs are in some ways very similar devices but they are quite different in sound. A plate reverb is a thin sheet of metal, suspended via springs (or sometimes clamps) under tension inside a rigid... Read more »

Mackie Releases Master Fader v4.0

Mackie has released the latest version of Master Fader, the free control app for their popular DL32R, DL1608 and DL806 digital mixers. The new version features the addition of a real time analyzer (RTA) on each... Read more »

Why Are Bass Amps So High Wattage Compared to Guitar Amps?

A quick browse of available guitar amps reveals that while most guitar amps fall in the 15-watt to 100-watt range, most bass amps tend to be 100 to 500 watts or even higher. Bass amps generally need more power than... Read more »

Kemper Releases Profiler OS 3.2

Kemper has released Kemper Profiler and Profiling Amp Operating System Version 3.2. The new version adds a number of enhancements, with the main feature being Kemper's new Pure Cabinet technology. This can remove or... Read more »

Waves Updates Tracks Live to Version 1.2.0

Waves has updated their Tracks Live recording application to version 1.2.0. The new version offers a number of new features including: Improved graphic interface with Retina display support.Tracks can be color-coded... Read more »

How to Choose the Best Drum Head for the Job

When playing live or particularly when tracking a song in the studio it pays to optimize the sound of your drums. One factor that's often overlooked is the contribution of the drum head to the drum sound. It pays to... Read more »

Two Notes Engineering Updates Torpedo Remote to v3.1.3

Two Notes Engineering has updated their Torpedo Remote desktop software for the Torpedo Live and Torpedo C.A.B. hardware cabinet simulators to v3.1.3. This version adds a new "Arcade Mode," a simplified interface... Read more »

Updating to OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Today (September 30, 2015) Apple is releasing the latest update to the Mac operating system, OS X 10.11 "El Capitan." It offers many compelling new features for general use, such as improved performance, split... Read more »

What is the YouTube -13 LUFS Loudness Reference Level?

LUFS (Loudness Units before Full Scale) is a synonym for Loudness, K-weighted, relative to Full Scale (LKFS), which is a loudness standard that aims to normalize loudness levels across broadcast mediums. In other... Read more »

Looking for Inspiration? Create Your Own Presets!

So you just bought a new synthesizer, programmable effects processor, or plug-in, and you love the presets. You're thrilled with how it sounds. You explore every preset, tweaking them to your taste and it's... Read more »

Effects Tip: Use an Octave Effect to Thicken your Sound

This effects tip is good for any instrument, and it works both for recording and live performance. If you want to thicken up the tone of an instrument, consider using an octave effect. Mix it in subtly, to the point... Read more »

Q: What is Efficiency in a Speaker?

The "efficiency" of a speaker refers to the sound level in decibels (dB) measured from a distance of one meter. Decibels, in this case, are a measure of perceived volume, not power, so the more efficient the... Read more »

What is the Difference between a Wire and a Cable?

A "wire" is a single conductor (typically copper, but silver, aluminum, gold, and other materials are also used) that may be solid or stranded. Two or more insulated wires grouped together in a sleeve or jacket... Read more »

Synth Recording Tip: Warm It Up with a Tube Amp

You have an incredible, warm-, alive-sounding hardware analog synthesizer. The last thing you want is for it to sound cold and sterile when recorded. There are lots of plug-ins that you can use to warm up and excite... Read more »

QSC Releases new TouchMix Control Android App

QSC has released TouchMix Control Android App for Android-based tablets and smart-phones. Like the iOS version, the Android app offers users comprehensive control over the TouchMix digital mixer, effectively... Read more »

Roland Announces Update for M-5000

Roland has announced a new software update, version 1.101, for the popular M-5000 O.H.R.C.A. live mixing console. This new update equips the console with the latest M-48 Personal Mixing management and new GP I/O... Read more »

Yamaha TF Mixer Firmware and TF Editor Updated

Yahama has released firmware V1.12 for the TF series of digital mixers. Yamaha also streamlined the TF Editor V1.12 app for Windows and Mac platforms. The firmware update from v1.10 to v1.12 adds eight languages to... Read more »

How to Pan Stereo Effects

Q: If I'm recording using a stereo effects box, how should I pan each track? A: If you want the widest possible stereo image from stereo effects, pan your left effects return hard left, and your right effects return... Read more »

What is the Difference between Echo and Delay?

Many engineers and musicians use the two terms interchangeably. But if you want to get tweaky about it, echo effects are a subset of delay effects, but delay effects can be much more than just echo. A basic... Read more »

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 »

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 »