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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.

Live Sound Tech Tips

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 »

How to Capture Both Bass DI and Amped Tracks

There are entire books written about mic techniques for recording electric guitar; for bass guitar, however, it's tempting (and often recommended) to just record direct. After all, that is the "purest" bass sound... Read more »

PreSonus Hardware and Software Compatible with Windows 10

PreSonus/a> has announced that all their current software and hardware products with the latest firmware are compatible with Windows 10, including both 64-bit and 32-bit versions. This includes Studio One 3, Notion... Read more »

Should I Use Graphic or Parametric EQ?

A graphic EQ is designed to cut or boost level on equally spaced frequencies, such as 1/3-octave or octave spacing, with a preset bandwidth value. Parametric EQ, on the other hand, gives you fewer EQ bands, but with... Read more »

Should I Pan Individual Tracks or Their Submix?

Submixing — sending numerous tracks to a single "group" track or channel for the purpose of collecting all like tracks under one bus and fader — is nothing new. But when you submix, you have two places... Read more »

Do I need a Hole in my Kick Drum Head for the Mic?

Not necessarily. But it does give you more options. You can put a mic inside the hole to capture your kick from the inside. Or, place a mic outside the hole in the kick drum skin for a natural, punchy recording. You... Read more »

Mackie Updates Master Fader to v3.2

Master Fader v3.2, Mackie's free iOS control software, brings powerful new features to DL32R in addition to performance and workflow enhancements for DL1608 and DL806 users. Also available now is My Fader v3.2... Read more »

Now Edit Yamaha AG Series DSP from your Mac

The DSP effects in the Yamaha AG06 and AG03 can now be edited on your Mac thanks to a brand-new editor available from Yamaha. The AG DSP Controller v1.0.1 can be downloaded for free.

Hardware vs. Software

Here's an FAQ we see all the time: which is better; software or hardware? This question has raged since software emulations first appeared. And we here at Sweetwater have the final, definitive answer: it depends... Read more »

How High Should I Set My Drum Overhead Mics?

Don't be misled by the term "overhead" into thinking that if you use overheads, they have to be high up or far away. In most cases, the purpose of overhead mics is to capture a balanced image of the entire kit that... Read more »

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 »

Positive Grid Brings Amp Match Feature to iOS Apps

Positive Grid, makers of BIAS Desktop Pro and BIAS Desktop, have made headlines by bringing amp-matching technology to a DAW plug-in and their proprietary ToneCloud. Now they have updated their two iOS apps, JamUp... Read more »