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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.

Latest Tech Tips

How to Hear Your Vocals Onstage

Are you having a tough time hearing yourself when you're singing onstage? You're not alone. As a vocalist, you can't simply turn up your instrument at the source — you can only sing so loud; straining may blow out or injure your voice. And endlessly turning up the vocals in the monitors... Read more »

To Emphasize an Instrument in the Mix, Boost Its Presence

Many guitar amps feature a Presence control. Depending on the specific amp, the Presence is generally operates as a high treble control, adjusting the range around 4kHz or so. The control is so named because when you boost the amp at this frequency, the result is that the tone tends to cut... Read more »

FabFilter Issues Hot Fix Update for Pro-Q 2

FabFilter has issued the following statement: "After releasing an update for all FabFilter Pro plug-ins on March 13, we discovered a bug in Pro-Q 2 that would cause a crash when dragging a band to the far left side of the display. This has now been fixed in version 2.11. "This update is fully... Read more »

Boss Releases ES-8 Firmware Update and ES-8 Editor for Mac/PC

Exciting news for guitarists and bassists who use the Boss ES-8 Effects Switching System to manage their pedals and control their amps and stage systems! Boss has released Version 2 firmware for the ES-8. The update adds important new features, and also includes support for the new ES-8 Editor... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases FORM 1.1 Update

Native Instruments has released a major update to their new synthesizer, FORM, part of the KOMPLETE package. The new update focuses on new sounds, but also includes a significant number of fixes and features. New sounds: Over 200 new presetsNew sound variations, for new and existing sounds New... Read more »

Listen to Reduce Mic Leakage Onstage

When you're mixing an artist or band live, mic bleed/leakage can be one of your biggest enemies. During sound check, be sure to do a PFL (pre-fade listen) check of each microphone as the full band is playing. Don't listen to just the primary sound on each channel, but also to what other sounds... Read more »

Behringer Releases New DeepMind 12 Firmware

Behringer has released new firmware for the DeepMind 12 synthesizer. Firmware version 1.05 includes a whole host of new fixes and features: Added CC#5 Portamento Time and Aftertouch destination options to GLOBAL > PEDAL SETTINGS.Added CC#11 Expression as a modulation source option.Added support... Read more »

Antelope Audio Adds Full Session Saving To All Audio Devices

Antelope Audio has added a new feature to all of their audio devices: all control panel options can now be saved and recalled with one mouse click. You can restore Gain levels for every input and output, clock modes, ASIO and Core Audio driver settings plus the AFX and AuraVerb settings with... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE Hot Fix for Pro Tools Users

Native Instruments has issued the following statement: "We've recently noticed that some Pro Tools users aren't able to load the MASCHINE software as a plug-in. Today we're releasing MASCHINE 2.6.2, a free update that fixes this issue. To ensure your software is up-to-date, start Native Access... Read more »

Universal Audio Releases New UAD v9.1 Software with Apollo Multi-Unit Support For Windows 10

Universal Audio has updated their UAD Software to version 9.1. Now Windows 10 PC users now have the same mix-and-match capabilities as Mac users, enabling them to cascade up to four Apollo Thunderbolt audio interfaces for up to 64 x 64 channels of analog I/O. Up to six UAD-2 or Apollo devices... Read more »

With Unlimited Tracks, Why Punch-in?

In the days of recording to analog tape, you were limited as to how many tracks you could have — a tape machine only recorded so many, and when you used those, you could either mix tracks down to free up tracks or stop recording! If you recorded a performance that was great overall but... Read more »

FabFilter Updates Pro Plug-ins

FabFilter has released updates to their Pro line of plug-ins, presenting new features and bug fixes. The latest version of FabFilter Pro-Q 2 offers a number of new features: Pro-Q 2's EQ Match feature has been improved so you can save the input spectrum as a reference spectrum. When opening EQ... Read more »

Live Mixing Tip: Use Reverb to “Position” Backup Vocals

Getting the balance between lead vocal and background vocals can be tricky, particularly if you're in a small venue where the instruments aren't running through the PA. In these situations, reverb is your friend. Putting a room reverb on the backgrounds is a great way to push those vocals... Read more »

Digital Mixer Tip: Build a Live Mix Off a Template

Using templates is a time-honored technique for quickly setting up your DAW in the studio. But it can also be a time saver when setting up your digital mixer for a live show. (Various digital mixers may use different terms to refer to a "template": presets, snapshots, and more can all be used... Read more »

Behringer Updates DeepMind 12 Firmware to v1.0.4

Behringer has released a firmware update for the DeepMind 12 polysynth. The new version 1.0.4 firmware includes both new features and bug fixes: New Features Added OSC1 Fine, OSC2 Fine and OSC1+2 Fine tune modulation matrix destinations.Allow simultaneous editing of multiple envelopes by... Read more »

Yamaha Commercial Audio Updates Firmware of Dante-equipped Products

Yamaha has released firmware updates for many of its Dante-equipped products, introducing AES67 compatibility and connectivity along with a number of other functionality updates. Yamaha CL/QL series Digital Mixers: New Dante functionality in Version 4.1 for the CL Series and QL series digital... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases SONAR 2017.02 Update

Cakewalk has released the SONAR 2017.02 update for SONAR Artist, SONAR Professional, and SONAR Platinum. The new update includes the following: Reuse existing Take lanes when recording — SONAR will now place newly recorded clips into existing Take lanes during loop recording or whenever... Read more »

Should I Record My Acoustic-electric Guitar Direct?

Sure, why not capture the DI signal along with the miked signal? In the studio, we almost always take a direct out from an onboard acoustic guitar pickup even when we have an ideal situation for getting a great miked-up tone. It's another option you can use during mixing to strengthen or... Read more »

How to Choose a Kick Drum for Metal: Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better

It's no secret that heavy metal features big drums smashing away with pounding bass and grinding guitars. It's tempting to think that means you need a huge kick drum in your kit. And some metal drummers do prefer big kicks, such as Tommy Lee and Vinnie Paul of Pantera and Hellyeah, who uses a... Read more »

Should I Record at the High Sample Rates?

This is one of those "it depends" and "let your ears decide" questions/answers. Almost every interface these days can record up to at least a 96kHz sample rate; some go to 192kHz or in a few cases, even higher. But the question is, will you hear a sonic benefit from that high of a sample rate?... Read more »