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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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How to Convert Arturia V4 Presets to V5

Arturia has released a Preset Updater for updating presets made for their V Collection 4 software instruments to be compatible with V Collection 5 instruments. Simply download the preset updater app, click to start scanning your presets, select the presets you want to convert, and you're done!

Yamaha Updates MONTAGE Firmware to v1.11

Yamaha has released the version 1.11 update to the operating system of their MONTAGE line of keyboard workstation synthesizers. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the following new features are available in the updated firmware: New Performances have been added.From the Performance Play (Home)... Read more »

Toontrack Releases EZDrummer v2.1.2

Toontrack has updated EZDrummer to version 2.1.2. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the new update includes: Pasting onto an empty track sets the time signature to that of the pasted loop.Drumkit preset menu signals if the selected preset does not represent current state.It is now possible to... Read more »

How to Record the Output of a Reason 9 Player Device to a Track

One of the new features in Propellerhead Reason 9 is Player devices (such as Note Echo, Scales and Chords, and Dual Arpeggio), which let you alter playback of a MIDI performance in realtime. This means if you record your performance into the Reason sequencer, you'll just record the notes that... Read more »

How Often Should I Replace My Audio Cables?

Cables don't "wear out" in the same way that some components, such as vacuum tubes, do. In most cases, unless it is damaged or suffers wear from being coiled/uncoiled, stepped on, pulled, twisted, bent, or otherwise abused, a cable will continue to perform just as it did when you purchased it... Read more »

Soundtoys Releases v5.0.4

Soundtoys has updated their processors to version 5.0.4. This update fixes a MIDI-syncing issue with Tremolator, PhaseMistress, PanMan, and FilterFreak in several digital audio workstations. Version 5.0.4 is a free update for all Soundtoys version 5 product owners. The installers may be... Read more »

Cakewalk Updates SONAR to 2016.06

Cakewalk has issued their latest monthly update to SONAR. The newest version, 2016.06, includes: Numerous bug fixes and enhancementsSmart SwipeTH3 ChangesTheme Fixes Smart Swipe Track Controls let users instantly enable/disable buttons on multiple tracks by clicking a button in one track, then... Read more »

EQ Before or After Compression?

Whether to use EQ before or after (or both before and after) applying compression is a creative choice. But to make the best decision, you should understand how a compressor will affect an EQ'd signal: When you EQ a signal, you are emphasizing and/or de-emphasizing frequencies. When you... Read more »

U-He Updates Satin to v1.3

U-He has update Satin, their flexible tape emulation plug-in, to version 1.3. New features and improvements: Added Preferences panelNew VST3 support. See VST3_ReadMe.txt for more informationImproved MIDI learn functionality Bug fixes: The "previous preset" button was sometimes not responsive... Read more »

Avid Releases Sibelius 8.4

Avid has just released Sibelius 8.4. In addition to numerous bug fixes and improvements, this update introduces a new Custom Staff Sizes feature. There are now four staff sizes for you to choose among, defined in the Engraving Rules > Staves dialog. There are also finer controls relating to... Read more »

How to Use Both Delay and Reverb During Mixdown

Delay and reverb are classic effects that you'll find yourself using in almost every mix, sometimes on different tracks, but often on the same track. There are no hard and fast rules as to how you must use these effects when mixing, but here are a few tips to get you started: In general, when... Read more »

BOSS Updates DD-500 Firmware

BOSS has released a new firmware update for their DD-500 delay, bringing it to version 1.10. The new firmware includes the following additions: Additional Functions A TEMPO HOLD function was added. This lets you keep the tempo information from being changed when switching patches.A LOOP LEVEL... Read more »

Overloud Updates TH3 to v3.2.0

Overloud has released an update to TH3, their amp-simulation software. Version 3.2.0, in addition to bug fixes, includes the following features, based on user requests: A new Chain Overview panel, to make navigation easierImproved loading time; TH3 now loads up to four times faster than the... Read more »

Nektar Adds Reason 9 Support

Nektar has released an update to their line of keyboard controllers that includes both DAW integration with the just-released Propellerhead Reason 9 and mapping for the three new Player devices included in Reason 9. Note Echo, Scales and Chords, as well as Dual Arpeggio, are custom mapped... Read more »

Arturia Updates V Collection 5

Arturia has released the first software update to their award-winning V Collection 5. This update is mostly a bugfix and subtle enhancement update, however Arturia notes that they have addressed issues and requests based on the suggestions of their active user community. The update is a free... Read more »

Breaking News: Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE v2.4.6 Hotfix

Native Instruments has released the following statement: "The MASCHINE 2.4.5 update uploaded to Service Center on Tuesday contains a critical issue that affects certain third-party plug-ins. A new version, 2.4.6, fixes this issue and is available to all MASCHINE 2 software users. Please upgrade... Read more »

What Does the Tube in a Tube Mic Do?

Capacitor (condenser) mics generally reproduce a signal with low levels that need internal pre-amplification so that the mic can output a strong enough signal to survive the trip through a cable and into a microphone preamp or console preamp. In the early days of electronics, the only option... Read more »

Double Tracking by Signal Splitting

Double tracking is a tried-and-true method to make a single part sound bigger. Double tracked parts need to be fairly close in time with each other so that they don't make the part sound sloppy. Yet it's generally best if the two tracks sound slightly different; the differences makes the parts... Read more »

Can I connect S16 or SD16 to the XR18?

Q: Can the Behringer S16 I/O Box and Behringer SD16 digital snake connect to the Behringer XR18 mixer? A:No, they cannot. The XR-series mixers do not support additional inputs over Ethernet, which is how the S16 and SD16 transmit audio. The S16 and the SD16 are networking connectivity boxes and... Read more »

Can I Control the Behringer XR18 from the X32?

Q: Can the Behringer X32 digital mixer control the Behringer XR18 digital rackmount mixer? A: The XR18 does not have AES50 network ports, therefore the X32 cannot control the XR18. Also the internal X32 software is completely different than the software in the XR18.The XR18 is a stand-alone... Read more »