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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.

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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 »

Native Instruments Updates KOMPLETE KONTROL Software

Native Instruments has released a new version of their KOMPLETE KONTROL software to control their KOMPLETE KONTROL S-series keyboard controllers. In addition to assorted bug fixes, KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.8 offers an improved Smart Play scale engine with over 100 new scales and modes, as well as a... Read more »

How to Control Delay with a Noise Gate

Adding delay and echo effects in a mix is a time-tested and great-sounding way to add depth and texture to a song. But if you're not careful, delays can make a mix sound messy and cluttered. Here's a cool mix trick that will ensure that the delay is triggered only when there's space in the mix:... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE 2.6.1 Hotfix

Native Instruments has released the following statement: "Today we are releasing a hotfix for the MASCHINE 2.6 software update. We noticed an issue that prevents new users from accessing the library properly. While this does not affect existing users, we recommend that everyone updates to the... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools 12.7.1

Avid has updated Pro Tools and Pro Tools HD to version 12.7.1. The new version includes a new HD Driver and includes a host of fixes and enhancements: Editing Deleting automation on a frozen track no longer deletes underlying clips as well (PT-224661)Clearing a time selection that begins before... Read more »

How to Add Dynamics to Your Songs

"Dynamics," as we're using the term here, means the difference in volume between the softest part of your song and the loudest. Dynamics give your song peaks and valleys. The quiet moments make the louder moments pop, which adds excitement to a song. Moreover, a song with no dynamics can cause... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases Kontakt 5 Update

Native Instruments has released an update to Kontakt 5. The new version 5.6.6, in addition to bug fixes, offers a return to full key coloring on the virtual keyboard, making switch placements and sound and sample positions clearer. This is a free update to all registered users available via the... Read more »

Softube Updates Console 1 Software with UAD Plug-in Support

Softube has released a Console 1 software update with support for selected UAD Powered Plug-ins from Universal Audio. This update allows users of Console 1 to add to their collection of Console 1 EQ, Compressor, Gate, and SSL 4000E an additional 60 Console 1 system-ready plug-ins available from... Read more »