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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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Use the Cloud to Collaborate Musically

These days, you can get free cloud storage nearly everywhere — from Dropbox, Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and more. They offer us space for our photographs and music libraries, for our office documents... Read more »

Should I use my Microphone’s Foam Windscreen Indoors?

Nearly all mics come with a foam wind screen accessory; if they don't, you can almost always buy one. You'll find some people suggesting online that using one of these foam windscreens can muffle or dull the sound... Read more »

What is the Difference Between Optical and Tube Compressors?

Optical and tube compressors differ in the circuits used to control the way that gain is reduced. With optical compressors, a photo-optical detector circuit controls how much gain will be reduced. These types of... Read more »

What is a “Strobe” Tuner?

Most electronic tuners work by using a microprocessor to analyze the average period of the waveform of a vibrating string, and using LEDs to indicate whether the pitch of the string is higher, lower, or directly... Read more »

What is a “Side-Address” Microphone?

Many microphones, such as all hand-held microphones, are "top address" microphones. Meaning the capsule is at the top or end of the microphone, so to record with the microphone, you point the top directly at what... Read more »

What is the Difference between X-Y Coincident Pairs and Blumlein Pairs?

X-Y coincident pair and Blumlein pair microphone placement both use two microphones placed close together with their capsules at a 90-degree angle from each other. The difference is that Blumlein pair microphone... Read more »

How to Dual Mic a Guitar Cabinet and get the Phase Right

Dual miking guitar cabinets is a tried-and-true method of getting a great guitar sound. Using two mics, such as a ribbon (the Royer R121 is an example of one that works well for this) and a dynamic (the Shure SM57... Read more »

What is X-Y Coincident Pair Microphone Placement?

Q: What is X-Y coincident pair microphone placement? A: This is a very popular way to record acoustic guitars, among other acoustic instruments. It's a classic Nashville recording technique, although it's popular... Read more »

Mix Tip: Cut the Lows for More Powerful Bass

There's something really exciting about a thumping bass line. That's why so much dance music, dubstep, and even funk is so heavy on the lows. The problem is that when your subs are so sub, they create a booming... Read more »

Drum Tip: Gaffer Tape Instead of Duct Tape

A common technique for reducing the volume and ringing of drums and cymbals is to place duct tape on the drum head or cymbal. It can also reduce low rumble in toms and harmonics from an overly "live" drum or cymbal... Read more »

How to Get a Great Guitar Sound with Sennheiser Microphones

Capturing energetic, vibrant guitar tone onstage or in your studio is easy when you choose the right microphone. Over the years, musicians and engineers have discovered that certain mics serve up consistent results... Read more »

5 Tips to Optimize Your Sennheiser Wireless System

We've configured and used large-scale Sennheiser wireless microphone systems here at Sweetwater for years. There are some easy steps you can take to get the maximum channel count, range, and sound quality from your... Read more »

Mesa/Boogie CabClone: Try It With a Speaker

The Mesa/Boogie CabClone is an amazingly useful tool. It lets you send a dry or cabinet-emulated signal directly to a mixer, a PA system, or your audio interface. It has a headphone output for silent practicing or... Read more »

For Guitar Players: Playing Bass like a Bass Player

How many songs have you heard in which the bass sounds either like it's being played by a frustrated guitarist who wants to rip out and solo, or that the bass is playing the same line as the guitar an octave lower?... Read more »

Effect Tip: Use a High-Pass Filter before Reverb

Nearly every mix uses reverb in some way. It can create artificial spaces, make thin tracks sound fuller, and create depth and dimension. However, it can also turn your tracks or entire mix to mush if you're not... 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 »

Tricks to Avoid Fader Creep When Mixing

Does this sound familiar: You start your mix with the faders flat and ample headroom on your output. You start slowly making one track louder, then another, then another. You can't hear the first track the way you... Read more »

Master Fader 3.0 for Mackie DL Series Mixers

Wireless control of Mackie DL series mixers just took a leap forward with the release of Master Fader 3.0, a new iOS controller app. Master Fader 3.0 is compatible with all DL series mixers; while some features are... Read more »

Tuner on a Sidechain

For electric guitarists and bassists, one way to help tidy up and disaster proof your signal flow is to put your tuner on a sidechain. A sidechain is a separate signal path that feeds from your main signal path, in... 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 »

Can I Hook AMPLIFI TT to my Stereo?

Q: Does AMPLIFI TT only work with guitar amps or does it work with stereos, too? A: LINE 6's brand-new AMPLIFI TT is compatible with just about any sound reproduction system. It has RCA line-level connectors, so you... Read more »

How to Reduce the Volume of a Guitar Amp Using an Attenuator

Many modern guitar amplifiers have very effective master volume controls that allow you to play a high-wattage amplifier at lower volumes and still get great tone. But a fair number of vintage amps don't have master... Read more »

How to Use Multiple Transmitters with One Sennheiser EW100 Receiver

Q: I own a Sennheiser EW 172 for my guitar stage rig, but I need to run two guitars. Can I get a second transmitter and switch between them? A: Absolutely. Simply Sync both transmitters with the receiver. There is a... 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 »