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Microphone Month 4

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

Synchro Arts Update Revoice Pro

Synchro Arts has updated their professional vocal production software, Revoice Pro to version 3.3. Revoice Pro 3.3 includes the following enhancements and improvements: Improvements to level and pitch editing... Read more »

Bitwig Announces Bitwig Studio 2.1 Beta

Bitwig has announced that the beta of Bitwig Studio 2.1 has begun. The new version brings a number of fixes and improvements, as well as new features and devices: A new Amp device is addedMIDI Clock Slave... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases SONAR 2017.03 Update

Cakewalk has released it's latest update to SONAR Artist, SONAR Professional, and SONAR Platinum. SONAR 2017.03 offers a thorough redesign of the Piano Roll View (PRV) Track Pane and the Controller Pane.You can now... Read more »

FabFilter Issues Hot Fix Update for Pro-Q 2

FabFilter has issued the following statement: "After releasing an update for all FabFilter Pro plug-ins on March 13, we discovered a bug in Pro-Q 2 that would cause a crash when dragging a band to the far left side... Read more »

Antelope Audio Adds Full Session Saving To All Audio Devices

Antelope Audio has added a new feature to all of their audio devices: all control panel options can now be saved and recalled with one mouse click. You can restore Gain levels for every input and output, clock... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE Hot Fix for Pro Tools Users

Native Instruments has issued the following statement: "We've recently noticed that some Pro Tools users aren't able to load the MASCHINE software as a plug-in. Today we're releasing MASCHINE 2.6.2, a free update... Read more »

Universal Audio Releases New UAD v9.1 Software with Apollo Multi-Unit Support For Windows 10

Universal Audio has updated their UAD Software to version 9.1. Now Windows 10 PC users now have the same mix-and-match capabilities as Mac users, enabling them to cascade up to four Apollo Thunderbolt audio... Read more »

With Unlimited Tracks, Why Punch-in?

In the days of recording to analog tape, you were limited as to how many tracks you could have — a tape machine only recorded so many, and when you used those, you could either mix tracks down to free up... Read more »

FabFilter Updates Pro Plug-ins

FabFilter has released updates to their Pro line of plug-ins, presenting new features and bug fixes. The latest version of FabFilter Pro-Q 2 offers a number of new features: Pro-Q 2's EQ Match feature has been... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases SONAR 2017.02 Update

Cakewalk has released the SONAR 2017.02 update for SONAR Artist, SONAR Professional, and SONAR Platinum. The new update includes the following: Reuse existing Take lanes when recording — SONAR will now place... Read more »

Should I Record My Acoustic-electric Guitar Direct?

Sure, why not capture the DI signal along with the miked signal? In the studio, we almost always take a direct out from an onboard acoustic guitar pickup even when we have an ideal situation for getting a great... Read more »

Should I Record at the High Sample Rates?

This is one of those "it depends" and "let your ears decide" questions/answers. Almost every interface these days can record up to at least a 96kHz sample rate; some go to 192kHz or in a few cases, even higher. But... Read more »

Native Instruments Updates KOMPLETE KONTROL Software

Native Instruments has released a new version of their KOMPLETE KONTROL software to control their KOMPLETE KONTROL S-series keyboard controllers. In addition to assorted bug fixes, KOMPLETE KONTROL 1.8 offers an... Read more »

How to Control Delay with a Noise Gate

Adding delay and echo effects in a mix is a time-tested and great-sounding way to add depth and texture to a song. But if you're not careful, delays can make a mix sound messy and cluttered. Here's a cool mix trick... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE 2.6.1 Hotfix

Native Instruments has released the following statement: "Today we are releasing a hotfix for the MASCHINE 2.6 software update. We noticed an issue that prevents new users from accessing the library properly. While... Read more »

Avid Releases Pro Tools 12.7.1

Avid has updated Pro Tools and Pro Tools HD to version 12.7.1. The new version includes a new HD Driver and includes a host of fixes and enhancements: Editing Deleting automation on a frozen track no longer deletes... Read more »

How to Add Dynamics to Your Songs

"Dynamics," as we're using the term here, means the difference in volume between the softest part of your song and the loudest. Dynamics give your song peaks and valleys. The quiet moments make the louder moments... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases Kontakt 5 Update

Native Instruments has released an update to Kontakt 5. The new version 5.6.6, in addition to bug fixes, offers a return to full key coloring on the virtual keyboard, making switch placements and sound and sample... Read more »

Softube Updates Console 1 Software with UAD Plug-in Support

Softube has released a Console 1 software update with support for selected UAD Powered Plug-ins from Universal Audio. This update allows users of Console 1 to add to their collection of Console 1 EQ, Compressor... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates GuitarTone, FourTrack, and StudioTrack iOS Apps

Sonoma Wire Works has updated all three of their iOS apps. The new updates include the following features and fixes: GuitarTone 2.10.2 Update Fixed issue where GuitarJack Model 2 appears as "not supported"Fixed hang... Read more »

Waves Updates SoundGrid Software and Hardware

Waves has made several updates to the various hardware and software components of the SoundGrid system. These updates and fixes include: SoundGrid Driver — Fixed installation issues on Windows.SoundGrid Driver... Read more »

How to Record Vocals in a Large Space

If you have access to a large space to record vocals and a couple of mics, you can get some fantastic results. Tony Visconti used a close mic and a distance mic on David Bowie to get the excellent vocal ambiance in... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE Software Update

Native Instruments has updated MASCHINE software to version 2.6. The new update brings features previously only available for MASCHINE JAM, and vice versa. MASCHINE 2.6 offers JAM's Variation Engine, which features... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates DrumCore to v4.1.0

Sonoma Wire Works has released DrumCore v4.1.0. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the update features seven dedicated stereo auxiliary outputs for busing sub-mix channels within a session. The full drum mix is... Read more »