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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.

Recording Tech Tips

How to Pan Stereo Effects

Q: If I'm recording using a stereo effects box, how should I pan each track? A: If you want the widest possible stereo image from stereo effects, pan your left effects return hard left, and your right effects return... Read more »

What is the Difference between Echo and Delay?

Many engineers and musicians use the two terms interchangeably. But if you want to get tweaky about it, echo effects are a subset of delay effects, but delay effects can be much more than just echo. A basic... Read more »

What is “Circuit Bending?”

Literally, bending a circuit in some way to change what it does. This refers to the adventurous and tech-savvy arming themselves with electrical engineering knowledge, the proper tools and parts, and opening up... Read more »

How to Mult Buses to Hardware Outputs in Pro Tools 12

Routing tracks to buses in Pro Tools is generally pretty straightforward, until you want to route the same signal to more than one hardware output. Now in Pro Tools 12, I/O Setup allows you to "mult" directly from... Read more »

Avid Releases EuCon v3.3

Avid has updated the EuCon software for its Avid Artist Series controllers to version 3.3. The new version adds support for the Pro Tools Control iPad app and S3 VCA Spill, in addition to various other fixes. You... Read more »

PreSonus Updates Studio One 3 to v3.0.2

PreSonus has been busy; not only have they released a new free version of Studio One 3 called Studio One 3 Prime, but they have updated Studio One 3 to version 3.0.2. The free update introduces new functionality and... Read more »

How to Capture Both Bass DI and Amped Tracks

There are entire books written about mic techniques for recording electric guitar; for bass guitar, however, it's tempting (and often recommended) to just record direct. After all, that is the "purest" bass sound... Read more »

PreSonus Hardware and Software Compatible with Windows 10

PreSonus/a> has announced that all their current software and hardware products with the latest firmware are compatible with Windows 10, including both 64-bit and 32-bit versions. This includes Studio One 3, Notion... Read more »

Can I use my Novation LaunchKey or LaunchPad with iOS?

The Novation Launchkey 25, Launchkey 49, Launchkey 61, and Launchpad (MK2) are all class-compliant and USB powered. This means that yes, they are iOS compatible. However, they must be USB powered from a Mac, PC, or... Read more »

Should I Use Graphic or Parametric EQ?

A graphic EQ is designed to cut or boost level on equally spaced frequencies, such as 1/3-octave or octave spacing, with a preset bandwidth value. Parametric EQ, on the other hand, gives you fewer EQ bands, but with... Read more »

Do I Need More than One Pair of Studio Monitors?

It never hurts to have multiple pairs of monitors so you can compare your mix on different speakers — each speaker sounds different, so listening on multiple models can help you create a more transportable mix... Read more »

Mix Tip: Send All Tracks from One Instrument to the Same Bus

If you've got dozens of vocal tracks, something as basic as "make the vocals louder" can become daunting. By busing all tracks of the same instrument to a single bus/group/VCA (the precise name depends on the DAW)... Read more »

Acoustica Releases Free Update to Mixcraft 7

Acoustica has released Mixcraft 7.1, a free update for Mixcraft 7, Mixcraft Pro Studio 7 and Mixcraft Home Studio 7. The Mixcraft 7.1 update features nine new loop kits produced by Dj Puzzle for a total of 236... Read more »

When should I use the LFE Channel in Surround Mixing?

An LFE (Low Frequency Effects) channel is a special audio channel generally routed to a subwoofer and designed to carry the low end for effects sound — the bottom end crunch in a car crash, boom in an... Read more »

Hybrid Mixing for Maximum Flexibility and Power

The holy war over mixing "in the box" (inside your computer, in your host DAW) or outboard (using a full mixer, summing mixer, etc.) rages on. But in our opinion, it's not an one-or-the-other battle. Why choose and... Read more »

Should I Pan Individual Tracks or Their Submix?

Submixing — sending numerous tracks to a single "group" track or channel for the purpose of collecting all like tracks under one bus and fader — is nothing new. But when you submix, you have two places... Read more »

Do I need a Hole in my Kick Drum Head for the Mic?

Not necessarily. But it does give you more options. You can put a mic inside the hole to capture your kick from the inside. Or, place a mic outside the hole in the kick drum skin for a natural, punchy recording. You... Read more »

How Should I Set Up My Monitors for Mixing in 5.1 Surround?

It's important, with surround monitoring, that you place yourself in the sweet spot where you can get the proper imaging from all the monitors. The general rule is that your center monitor should be dead center in... Read more »

Universal Audio Releases UAD Software version 8.2

Universal Audio has updated their UAD software to version 8.2. In addition to various fixes, v8.2 features the Precision Mix Pack Collection for all users. The Precision Mix Rack Collection features four tools for... Read more »

Mackie Updates Master Fader to v3.2

Master Fader v3.2, Mackie's free iOS control software, brings powerful new features to DL32R in addition to performance and workflow enhancements for DL1608 and DL806 users. Also available now is My Fader v3.2... Read more »

Now Edit Yamaha AG Series DSP from your Mac

The DSP effects in the Yamaha AG06 and AG03 can now be edited on your Mac thanks to a brand-new editor available from Yamaha. The AG DSP Controller v1.0.1 can be downloaded for free.

PreSonus Studio One 3 Updated to v3.0.1

PreSonus has updated their powerful DAW Studio One 3 to v3.0.1. Studio One 3.0.1 adds: Italian localizationAn updated reference manual with improved layout and navigationA new sound set; improved multi-touch... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases SONAR “Foxboro” Update

Cakewalk continues its regular feature updates to SONAR with the new "Foxboro" update. "Foxboro" adds Plug-in Upsampling, which gives users the benefits of using higher sample rate processing even in projects at... Read more »

Hardware vs. Software

Here's an FAQ we see all the time: which is better; software or hardware? This question has raged since software emulations first appeared. And we here at Sweetwater have the final, definitive answer: it depends... Read more »