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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

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 »

How High Should I Set My Drum Overhead Mics?

Don't be misled by the term "overhead" into thinking that if you use overheads, they have to be high up or far away. In most cases, the purpose of overhead mics is to capture a balanced image of the entire kit that... Read more »

Podcasting Tip: Try a Lavalier Mic

Podcasting has never been easier. Thanks to carrying a complete computer in your pocket (or a tablet, if you're so inclined) you don't even need to have a computer anymore! And there is a lot of gear that is perfect... Read more »

Livid Controllers now ship with Bitwig 8-Track

Livid Instruments have announced that their Base II, DS1, and Alias 8 will now ship with Bitwig 8-Track, Bitwig's new DAW that includes the entire selection of Bitwig Studio devices and Bitwig Essentials Package of... Read more »

How Many Features Do I Need?

Q: I'm looking at picking up some new gear, but I can't decide which features I need for the stuff I want — should I get something with tons of control or something simple? There are benefits to both simple... Read more »

Blue Cat Audio Releases Version 4 of Dynamics

Blue Cat Audio has completely reworked their multi-function dynamics processor. Dynamics 4 features a new GUI and expanded compressor, gate, expander, limiter, and waveshaper control. New in Dynamics 4: A brand-new... Read more »

Softube Releases Update to Console 1

Softube has been releasing regular updates to their hybrid hardware/software Console 1 system, and June is no exception. The lastest update for the Console 1 software adds an FFT frequency analyzer to Console 1's EQ... Read more »

Pigtronix Updates Infinity Looper to v2.0

Pigtronix has updated their powerful Infinity Looper to version 2.0. This firmware update offers significant new features: 50 presets — Up to 100 loops maximumMinimum Loop Time — 10ms shortest... Read more »

Noise Removal: Leave “Handlebars”

Sometimes, noise is inescapable. If you're recording in a noisy rehearsal studio, making a recording on a busy street or the like, background noise simply comes with the environment. Thankfully, these days software... Read more »

Slate Digital Introduces Slate Remote for Batch Commander and Raven

Slate Digital's Batch Commander lets you create macros and single-button automated actions for use with Logic, Pro Tools, and the Slate Media Technology Raven Control Surface. With the introduction of Slate Remote... Read more »

Positive Grid Brings Amp Match Feature to iOS Apps

Positive Grid, makers of BIAS Desktop Pro and BIAS Desktop, have made headlines by bringing amp-matching technology to a DAW plug-in and their proprietary ToneCloud. Now they have updated their two iOS apps, JamUp... Read more »

Mixing Tip: Get the Mix Right before Adding Effects or Signal Processing

When you start mixing, if you have an idea for a specific track, it's tempting to go ahead and start processing that track. But many times you're better off waiting, and trying to get the entire mix sounding as... Read more »

Waves Updates Tracks Live

Waves has updated Tracks Live, their multitrack recording software designed to capture live performances. This update includes many bug fixes and performance enhancements. In addition, it includes the following new... Read more »

Does Mono Compatibility Matter Anymore?

The short answer is: yes. It's true, these days everyone listens to music on earbuds, and even the cheap external speakers in your tablet or phone are stereo. So it might be tempting to think that with no real mono... Read more »

Q: What is the Difference Between an “Effect” and a “Processor”?

Many people use the two terms interchangeably. But if we're going to get picky about it, we'd say an "effect" treats your audio, in effect adding its own signal to the existing signal (such as a delay effect that... Read more »

Elektron launches Overbridge Public Beta

If you've wanted to seamlessly integrate your Elektron Analog Keys, Analog Four, and/or Analog Rytm hardware with your DAW, now is your chance. Elektron has released Overbridge, a VST and AU plug-in for Mac OS X and... Read more »

Q: What is “Frequency Bracketing?”

Frequency bracketing, sometimes referred to as just "bracketing," is restricting the frequency content of an audio signal by applying steep shelving high- and low-pass filters to it, effectively removing all of its... Read more »

Should I Compress Vocals During Recording or Wait for Mixdown?

The short answer is: yes, no, sure, both. The longer answer is a bit more complicated, and depends on various factors. On one side, some engineers prefer to track without any compression, because once a track is... Read more »

Compression Making Your Tracks Noisy?

Compression doesn't just clamp down on signal whose level is over a certain threshold; using a compressor effectively brings up signal under a threshold (since with the dynamic range reduced, you can increase the... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases “Everett” Update to SONAR

Cakewalk has unveiled a new release to the Cakewalk SONAR membership program, named "Everett." The update features the brand-new Drum Replacer for SONAR Platinum. It also includes the Rapture Kick Start Expansion... Read more »