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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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Kemper Profiling Amplifier Updated for Bass and More

Kemper has released OS 2.7.0 for the Profiling Amp family. The new version includes a number of fixes and additions: User Interface fixed: memory garbage displayed, if current View contains only one single rig... 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 »

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 »

How to Control Snare Ring

Snare drums ring and should ring. That ring gives the drum resonance and character. But in music, you sometimes need to tweak your gear to fit the situation you are in. The recording studio is definitely a time... Read more »

Avid Releases EuControl 3.2

Avid has released version 3.2 of EuControl for Artist Series and S3. The new version improves connectivity and connection reliability, corrects the order/location of lowpass and highpass filter EQ controls, provides... Read more »

Battery Conservation

Battery-powered convenience means less cables to deal with and one less AC connection to have to find an outlet for or that might possibly cause a ground-loop hum. However, replacing batteries can be a pain due to... Read more »

Vocal Miking for the Singing Drummer

Drummers who sing are not that unusual anymore. There were always a lot of drummers who sang but the perception was that they didn't — or couldn't — because they were behind a drum kit. There are a... Read more »

How to Use the Minimum Volume Control on a Volume Pedal

Aside from setting the volume level of your instrument, volume pedals are great for volume-swell effects. Typically, a volume pedal set in the toe-forward position is full-volume and in the heel-down position is... Read more »

How to Pan a Mix with In-Ear Monitors

Since in-ear monitors cut out a lot of noise, especially on a loud stage, you can really take advantage of the clear sound and use panning to get your mix just right. If you are a drummer, try placing the... Read more »

The 12 o’clock Test

When trying out a new piece of gear, finding a starting point for the settings should be easy and methodical. Adjusting the controls to the halfway point on their spectrum creates equal room for turning them up or... Read more »

How To Use the Eleven Rack FX LOOP

Eleven Rack has a nice array of internal effects and pedals but everyone has their favorite stompbox or processor that they like to use. The FX LOOP is the insert point on the Eleven Rack to incorporate your go-to... Read more »

Cool Tool: Hosa Astro-Grip

Take control of cable clutter! No matter how neatly you coil, wrap, and secure cables, it seems they always end up a tangled mess. No more, with Hosa's Astro-Grip! This hook-and-loop cable wrap comes in a 15-foot... Read more »

How to Stop Annoying Amp Pops When Unplugging

How many times has this happened? You finish a set or a rehearsal or a practice session — or maybe you want to connect or disconnect a pedal — so you reach down to unplug your guitar or bass, and when... Read more »

What’s the Difference Between an Attenuator and a Load Box?

Q: I'm trying to figure out the difference between an attenuator and a load box with guitar amps. Can you help? A: An attenuator can be thought of as a volume control that you can insert between your amp's speaker... Read more »

What is Dual Mono Versus Stereo?

Q: What is the difference between dual mono and stereo? A: As with many things in life, it's all about relationships. "Dual mono" indicates two completely separate, independent, unrelated channels. For example, in a... Read more »

Dual Speed Control on the Pigtronix Rototron

The brand-new Pigtronix Rototron is an incredible rotating speaker simulator that offers very cool control capabilities. For example, there are two expression pedal inputs; one governs the low rotor speed while the... Read more »

Cool Tool: Triad-Orbit Grav Bags

Is there a more awful feeling than watching a microphone topple over on a stand that's either too light to support it or that was knocked over inadvertently? Whether it's an inexpensive mic or a priceless gem... Read more »

Using In-Ear Monitors Onstage; a Professional’s View, Part 2

Last time, inSync consulted Sweetwater's Don Carr, a touring, professional musician and heard his experiences with in-ear monitors. This time we'll continue our conversation with Don and offer some practical advice... Read more »

Using In-Ear Monitors Onstage; a Professional’s View, Part 1

With the cost of quality in-ear monitors dropping, the thought of loud, heavy monitor wedges and amps has become less appealing to many working musicians and bands. In this 2-part article, inSync offers a... Read more »

What is Unity Gain and Why Should I Care?

The idea of "unity gain" is essentially that when passing audio through a piece of gear, if the output level is the same as when the device is not in the signal path, "unity gain" has been achieved — input... Read more »

Take Control Over StudioLive AI-series Loudspeakers

PreSonus has released the free SL Room Control, a system-control and performance-monitoring app for Mac, Windows, and iOS. SL Room Control can be thought of as a software equivalent to a rackmount loudspeaker... Read more »

Cool Tool: Triad-Orbit Retrofittable Quick Change Coupler

Why waste time onstage or in the studio? Install the Triad-Orbit Quick-Change Couplers on your mic clips and shockmounts and onto your mic stands, and you can instantly swap mics out or speed up your setup to light... Read more »

Avid Venue 4.5 for S3L

Avid has announced Venue version 4.5 software for S3l. The new version supports sharing I/O across two or more systems with auto gain tracking, adds support for 64-bit Pro Tools AAX plug-ins, allows customizing the... Read more »