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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

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 »

Behringer Releases X32 v2.04 Firmware

Behringer has released version 2.04 firmware for the X32 digital mixer family. The new version is required for using the new X32-Edit 2.0 on Mac/PC/Linux computers, and for using X32-Mix 2.2 on Apple iPads (requires... Read more »

Behringer Updates X32 Firmware to v2.02

Behringer has released version 2.02 firmware for the X32 digital console. The new version addresses several issues, improves several features, and adds MIDI mute groups, MIDI snippet recall, MIDI cue recall... Read more »

Cool Tools: GoPro Camera Mounts

GoPro's tiny, lightweight digital video cameras are the ideal tools for musicians looking to up their game with pro-quality video. To really get the most out of your GoPro camera, you're going to want to mount your... Read more »

Should I Use High-pass and Low-pass Filters When Mixing?

Q: I saw the Tech Tip about using a high-pass filter when mixing to clean up the low end. Should I also be using a low-pass filter to clean up the high end? A: If there is noise or other problematic material in the... Read more »

Angle Ribbon Mics for Safety

Q: I love the sound of my ribbon mics, but I am paranoid about using them on kick drum, bass amp, and other sources, because I heard that the mic could be damaged. Should I be worried about my mics? A: Ribbon mics... Read more »

ENTTEC and Mavericks

While ENTTEC is still recommending not updating to OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) if you are using their DMXIS or D-Pro, they have announced a utility that fixes communication with the FTDI D2XX driver under Mavericks. A... Read more »

Mackie Updates Master Fader App

Mackie has released version 2.1 of their Master Fader app for the DL1608 and DL806 digital mixers. The new version adds 4-band parametric EQ with highpass and lowpass filters, on all outputs. Alignment delay is now... Read more »

Endless Rotary Encoders versus Fixed-position knobs

There are two types of "knobs" in use on hardware synths, controllers, and other devices: endless rotary encoders and fixed-position knobs. An endless rotary encoder can be rotated endlessly; there is no stop point;... Read more »