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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

PreSonus Updates Studio One 3 to Version 3.1

PreSonus has released an update to Studio One 3 bringing it to version 3.1. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the new version includes: Support for PreSonus Studio 192 USB 3.0 Audio Interface and DIGIMAX DP88New... Read more »

UVI Workstation Now Compatible with El Capitan

Apple's recent OS X 10.11 update (El Capitan) introduced an issue that caused some Audio Units plug-ins to fail validation, including UVI Workstation, a free player that drives many of UVI's products. UVI has... Read more »

Antelope Audio Announces Compatibility with El Capitan

Antelope Audio intitially noted compatibility issues between their interfaces and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. However, a new driver release resolves those issues, and all Antelope Audio products have been cleared for use... Read more »

Acoustica Mixcraft Updated to 7.5

Acoustica has announced the release of Mixcraft 7.5 and Mixcraft Pro Studio 7.5 updates. The update features numerous enhancements such as FLAC file support (including recording directly to FLAC), improved mixing... Read more »

U-he Updates Everything

U-he has updated their plug-ins with various common enhancements and fixes. They include: UI Improvements All plugin UIs now have 10% scaling, from 70% to 200%.The ACE UI is now clearer and has new modulation... Read more »

Avid releases Sibelius 8.0.1

Avid has updated Sibelius to version 8.0.1 with over 100 enhancements, including: Fully localised editions of What's New, Tutorials, and Reference guidesThe mouse cursor now changes to a Pen icon when entering... Read more »

Slate Digital VMR and OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Slate Digital has released the following statement regarding the OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility of their Virtual Mix Rack plug-in: Our team has thoroughly tested the Virtual Mix Rack on El Capitan, and due to... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools 12.2.1

Avid has released Pro Tools 12.2.1, a bug fix release that addresses over 70 bugs and known issues. This is a free update for registered users.

Native Instruments and El Capitan Compatibility

Native Instruments has released the following statement on Apple Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan Compatibility with their software: In Mac OS X 10.11, Native Instruments Audio Units plug-ins will not pass the AU... Read more »

Nektar Panorama and Impact and El Capitan

Nektar has released the following update on the OS X 10.11 El Capitan compatibility of the Panorama series of control surfaces/USB-MIDI controller keyboards: "We have found some issues during the process of testing... Read more »

Propellerhead and El Capitan

Propellerhead Software has announced that all of the latest versions of their products, including Reason 8, Reason Essentials 8, and the Balance audio interface have been tested with no problems found, and are... Read more »

Updating to OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Today (September 30, 2015) Apple is releasing the latest update to the Mac operating system, OS X 10.11 "El Capitan." It offers many compelling new features for general use, such as improved performance, split... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases “Ipswitch” SONAR Update

Cakewalk has unveiled its latest update to SONAR Artist, SONAR Professional, and SONAR Platinum. Dubbed "Ipswitch," its new Direct Synth Recording option offers real-time, sample-accurate virtual instrument... Read more »

What is the YouTube -13 LUFS Loudness Reference Level?

LUFS (Loudness Units before Full Scale) is a synonym for Loudness, K-weighted, relative to Full Scale (LKFS), which is a loudness standard that aims to normalize loudness levels across broadcast mediums. In other... Read more »

Looking for Inspiration? Create Your Own Presets!

So you just bought a new synthesizer, programmable effects processor, or plug-in, and you love the presets. You're thrilled with how it sounds. You explore every preset, tweaking them to your taste and it's... Read more »

Effects Tip: Use an Octave Effect to Thicken your Sound

This effects tip is good for any instrument, and it works both for recording and live performance. If you want to thicken up the tone of an instrument, consider using an octave effect. Mix it in subtly, to the point... Read more »

Q: What is Efficiency in a Speaker?

The "efficiency" of a speaker refers to the sound level in decibels (dB) measured from a distance of one meter. Decibels, in this case, are a measure of perceived volume, not power, so the more efficient the... Read more »

What is the Difference between a Wire and a Cable?

A "wire" is a single conductor (typically copper, but silver, aluminum, gold, and other materials are also used) that may be solid or stranded. Two or more insulated wires grouped together in a sleeve or jacket... Read more »

Synth Recording Tip: Warm It Up with a Tube Amp

You have an incredible, warm-, alive-sounding hardware analog synthesizer. The last thing you want is for it to sound cold and sterile when recorded. There are lots of plug-ins that you can use to warm up and excite... Read more »

Nektar Panorama Supports Logic Pro X and Alchemy

Nektar has announced Panorama P1, P4 and P6 controllers now integrate with Logic 9 and Logic Pro X. Panorama can control most aspects of Logic, including the mixer, insert plug-ins, instruments, and project... Read more »

One Interface to Rule Them All, or Multiple Interfaces?

Q: Can I get by with one interface for both my studio and my iPad? A: These days, a lot of interfaces are boasting both iOS and desktop OS support (and Android interfaces are beginning to enter the market, too). If... Read more »

Mapping Outputs when Exchanging Pro Tools Sessions between Systems

If you use multiple computers for Avid Pro Tools, or collaborate with other Pro Tools users who have their own Pro Tools systems, it's inevitable that you'll want to exchange sessions between the multiple systems... Read more »

FL Studio 12 Now Compatible with Waves Plug-ins

While Image Line's FL Studio has supported VST plug-ins for a while, up until now Waves plug-ins were known to have issues. Waves and Image Line have announced that as of FL Studio 12.1, this is no longer the case... Read more »

Sonnox Updates Restore to 64-bit

The Sonnox Restore suite for post production, broadcast, music, and forensic applications has been updated for compatiblity with 64-bit DAWs (such as Pro Tools 11/12 and Logic Pro X). Sonnox has also reduced the... Read more »