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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.

Recording Tech Tips

Steinberg updates Dorico to version 1.1

Steinberg has released Dorico 1.1, the latest version of their music notation software, with nearly 500 enhancements and improvements. A big feature of version 1.1 is the introduction of support for chord symbols... Read more »

How to Dial In a New Overdrive Pedal

There's nothing quite like the sound of an overdrive or boost pedal that you've dialed in perfectly to get the tone you hear in your head. Getting there, however, can require a lot of trial and error, and knowing... Read more »

EQ Effects Returns, Not Just Tracks

Using EQ to shape an audio signal is one of the primary tools in the mixing toolbox. But don't forget, you can EQ effects returns as well as audio tracks. Some effects come with tone-shaping filters or even a more... Read more »

Can I Loop Record MIDI Playlists in Pro Tools?

Q: I'm recording a guitar part where I want to capture both the audio signal from the guitar and a MIDI signal from the Fishman TriplePlay system on the guitar at the same time into Pro Tools. I'm loop recording so... Read more »

Celemony Updates Melodyne 4

Celemony has released Melodyne 4.1.1 to registered users. The new update adds the following: New Functions and Improvements The "Separate Note" command — This command separates notes automatically at a point... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases REAKTOR Blocks 1.3

Native Instruments has released a major update to REAKTOR Blocks. Version 1.3, first shown at the Superbooth show, introduces a new Blocks family, Kodiak. These five modules — two sequencers, one oscillator, a... Read more »

Avid Updates Sibelius and Sibelius First to Version 8.6

Avid has released the latest updates to Sibelius, their flagship notation software, and Sibelius First, its friendly sibling. The new version features bugfixes, general improvements, and the following enhancements:... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Releases DrumCore 4.2

Sonoma Wire Works has updated DrumCore to version 4.2. The new release adds UI zooming: right-click anywhere to set the zoom factor between 50-100%. DrumCore 4 fits better on laptops and smaller screens. In... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates KONTAKT to v5.6.8

Native Instruments has released KONTAKT 5.6.8, the latest update to their flagship sampler application. The update links the Add/Authorize Library buttons to Native Access, simplifying installation and... Read more »

Fishman Releases TriplePlay Software Update

Fishman has updated their TriplePlay software to version 1.4. The new version includes the following enhancements and bug fixes: New library folders in the patches window.MIDI thru to all plug-ins and external... Read more »

Stereo Mic Mounts vs Two Mic Stands

When you have a good sounding room and good sounding audio source, miking in stereo can add a true sense of dimension and realism to your tracks. There a number of great recording techniques that use two... Read more »

UVI Releases Falcon v1.3

UVI has updated Falcon, their creative hybrid virtual instrument, to version 1.3. In addition to miscellaneous bug fixes, the new version features: A new Rotary effect.Support for AnaMark tuning in the Micro... Read more »

Novation Updates Circuit Firmware to v1.5

Novation has updated the firmware for their Circuit groovebox. The new firmware, version 1.5, brings four additions: Fractional Gate — the gate length for a note no longer has to equal one step, it can be... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE 2.6.5

Native Instruments has updated MASCHINE to version 2.6.5. The update introduces Ideas View, a new layout that lets users build Scenes by mixing and matching patterns independent of the timeline. MASCHINE users can... Read more »

Universal Audio Releases UAD v9.2 with New SSL 4000G Compressor Collection

Universal Audio has introduced two new plug-ins along with their new UAD v9.2 software: the Pure Plate Reverb and the SSL 4000 G Bus Compressor Collection for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces. The Pure Plate... Read more »

Bitwig Studio Updated to v2.1

After a public beta run, Bitwig has officially released Bitwig Studio 2.1. This new update brings bug fixes, enhancements, and new features: A new Amp device is addedMIDI Clock Slave functionality lets you sync up... Read more »

How Many Takes Should I Record?

As many as you need, and no more. In all seriousness, modern DAWs let you record as many takes of the same part as you want, but there definitely is a point of diminishing returns. First, unless you are purely... Read more »

What is the Ideal Level to Record Tracks into a DAW?

The general consensus is, hot enough to take advantage of the digital resolution available while not so hot that the signal clips or you have problems later, during mixdown. For dynamic tracks, the recommended level... Read more »

Kush Audio Updates Electra DSP

Kush Audio has released an update to their Electra DSP modeled EQ plug-in. The new version, 1.0.5, is all about CPU efficiency; the new version is up to 75% more CPU efficient than the previous version, with no loss... Read more »

Genelec Updates GLM to v2.2

Genelec has released version 2.2 of their GLM (Genelec Loudspeaker Manager) software. GLM 2.2 offers improved management and connectivity options for all models of Genelec Smart Active Monitoring studio monitors and... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases SONAR 2017.04 Update

Continuing their tradition of monthly updates, Cakewalk has released a new SONAR update. SONAR 2017.04 Platinum features a new Transform Tool in the Controller pane, which provides a new way to edit in the... Read more »

Korg Adds MIDI Over Bluetooth LE Support to Windows Drivers

Korg has updated their Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) MIDI drivers. The new version 1.12 lets Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 users connect wirelessly with any of the MicroKEY Air 25, 37, 49, and 61, as well as nanoKEY Studio... Read more »

AmpliTube for iOS Adds New Free Emulations In All Versions

With the latest update of IK Multimedia's AmpliTube for iOS, version 4.4 includes more free gear with every version. AmpliTube CS has been increased to three amps and seven stompboxes, AmpliTube LE now offers three... Read more »

Antelope Audio Firmware Update includes 5 New Compressors

Antelope Audio continues to expand their library of Realtime FPGA Vintage FX for their audio interfaces. This update focuses on recreations of vintage analog compressors. In addition, the number of simultaneous... Read more »