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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

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 »

Slate Announces Major DAW Compatibility Updates for RAVEN

Slate Media Technology has released new firmware for their Raven series of multi-touch mixing workstations. The big news is Cubase and Nuendo support for Windows 10, but this update is filled with great new... Read more »

Mix Tip: Spread High Frequencies in the Stereo Field

Higher frequencies generally contribute the openness, clarity, and "air" in a mix. However, you don't want your mix to sound too trebly by mixing your high frequencies too loud. This is where judicious use of stereo... Read more »

Mix Tip: For Dynamic Mixes, Mix The Loudest Part First

Some songs are really easy to mix. The instruments don't overlap each other's frequency spectrums, or maybe the arrangement is so consistent when you get one part of the song down, the rest of the song falls into... Read more »

Waves Updates Plug-ins to v9.91

Waves has updated their plug-ins to version 9.91. In addition to fixing bugs, the new update includes the following enhancements: All plugins now have control mapping for Avid S3 and S6 control surfaces.H-EQ: New... Read more »

Peace of Mind: Uninterruptable Power Supply

Many people use an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) battery back-up power unit for their computer — basically a UPS is a battery that provides power when the AC from the wall is cut. With a UPS there's... Read more »

Apogee Updates Symphony Control Software for Symphony I/O Mk II

Apogee has updated their Symphony Control software for their flagship Symphony I/O Mk II series of audio interfaces. The release offers significant new features for users, including standalone AD/DA functionality... Read more »

Mix Tip: Subtle Movement Using Tremolo

Tremolo is usually used as an intense effect. Whether a classic surf pulsing or a choppy, almost techno effect, when most people reach for tremolo it's to create something in your face. But tremolo can also be used... Read more »

Rob Papen Predator 2 Now Supports Native Instruments NKS Format

Rob Papen Soundware has updated its Predator 2 softsynth with support for Native Instruments' Native Kontrol Standard (NKS) extended plug-in format for KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE 2 hardware... Read more »

Do I Need to Put my Guitar Amp on a Stand?

Many players prefer to raise their combo amp up off of the floor, and a dedicated amp stand is often more convenient and stable way to do this versus using a chair. There are several reasons to raise a guitar amp... Read more »

What is the Difference Between Breaking In A Speaker and Speaker Breakup?

Don't confuse speaker breakup with "breaking in" a new speaker — they're completely different things! Often when you buy a new speaker that hasn't had audio pushed through it yet, the cone will be stiff... Read more »