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Tech Tips

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

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 »

Avid Unveils S6 Videos Showing Version 2.0 Software

Avid has released a new set of videos detailing the features and functionality of version 2.0 of the S6 control surface software. These videos cover how to: Quickly configure Pro Tools S6 for your studio Get the... Read more »

Avid Updates Pro Tools to Version 12.2

Avid has updated the latest version of Pro Tools to version 12.2. The new version includes bug fixes as well as enhancements to VCA Masters, Disk Caching, Advanced Metering, Gain Reduction Metering, and new Avid... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases “Hopkinton” Update for SONAR

Cakewalk has just released their latest update to SONAR, named "Hopkinton." In addition to Windows 10 support, the most immediately obvious new addition is a new Start Screen. The new Start Screen makes it easier to... Read more »

Drum Recording Tip: Let It Bleed

In the early days of pop and rock recording, when tape recorders had a limited number of tracks and too much bouncing of tape tracks would result in degraded audio, drums were recorded with just a few mics; maybe... Read more »

Lynx Studio Technology New Drivers Offer Exceptionally Low Latency

Lynx Studio is conducting a public beta for new firmware and drivers for all Lynx PCI Express cards and Thunderbolt-equipped Aurora and Hilo converters. This new firmware and drivers will deliver exceptionally low... Read more »

Image-Line releases FL Studio 12.1

After months of a very active public beta test, Image-Line has officially released FL Studio 12.1. Image-Line says that the aim of the update is to improve the workflow and to help users make the transition from FL... Read more »

Raven 2.5.1 Beta Supports Pro Tools 12

Slate Media Technology has released a new Raven software update that includes support for Pro Tools 12. One note: The Raven software itself will function perfectly, but this build is being considered a beta due to... Read more »

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 »