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Microphone Month 5

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

Get Creative with the Stereo Field

Over the years, certain instruments have settled into traditional placements in the stereo field. Bass, kick drum, snare drum, vocals, and low tones tend to be mixed to the center of the stereo panorama, and higher... Read more »

What Can’t You Fix in the Mix?

We've all heard the saying "We'll fix it in the mix" — the idea being that if a performance is a winner, but with a few fixable flaws, it's best to keep that performance and address the few weak spots later in the... Read more »

Antelope Audio Updates Orion 32+ Interface

Antelope Audio has released a software update for the Orion 32+ interface that greatly expands its capabilities. The new update allows the Orion 32+ to stream up to 64 channels of I/O over Thunderbolt, and up to two... Read more »

Spectrasonics Updates Keyscape and Omnisphere

Spectrasonics has announced the release of updates to Omnisphere 2 and Keyscape. Keyscape 1.0.1, in addition to bug fixes, features new MKS-20 sounds and velocity-curve presets for 40 popular keyboard controllers... Read more »

Spectrasonics Confirms macOS 10.12 Sierra Compatibility

Spectrasonics has released the following statement regarding their products and compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra: "Omnisphere 2, Keyscape, Trilian, and Stylus RMX are now qualified for use with MacOS Sierra."

Ableton Releases Live 9.7 With New Features for Live 9 and Push Hardware

Ableton has released their eagerly awaited update to Live 9 and Push 2. Live 9.7 offers new Simpler Slicing modes (Beat, Region, Manual). As a consequence of the new Simpler features, Live Sets created with this... Read more »

Universal Audio and macOS 10.12 Sierra Compatibility

Universal Audio has issued the following statement regarding macOS 10.12 Sierra compatibility with their software/hardware products: "As you may know, on September 20th, 2016, Apple released macOS 10.12 Sierra... Read more »

What is a Split-band De-Esser?

The simplest type of de-esser is basically a compressor with an equalizer in the sidechain; the EQ makes the compressor more "sensitive" to high frequencies, so that it attenuates the high end of your audio signal... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases SONAR 2016.09 Update

Cakewalk has updated SONAR to version 2016.09. The flagship new feature of this update is SONAR's new Plug-In Load Balancing option. This is designed to allow users to tap into the full power of multi-core CPUs to... Read more »

UVI Updates Falcon to Version 1.2

UVI has released an update to their hybrid instrument Falcon. The new version focuses on delivering new and updated modules, new factory presets, and enhanced functionality. Three new effects have been added... Read more »

Sonoma Wire Works Updates DrumCore to v4.0.12

Sonoma Wire Works has released an update to DrumCore 4: DrumCore version 4.0.12 fixes the most common issues reported by users with version 4. In addition, a "Show Owned" button has been added to the DrumCore 4... Read more »

Focusrite & macOS 10.12 Sierra

Focusrite has released the following statement regarding compatibility with their products and Apple's macOS Sierra: "Apple has officially released macOS Sierra to the public, introducing a number of new additions... Read more »

Wave Arts Updates Panorama to v5.8.6

Wave Arts has updated their Panorama 3D audio processor to version 5.8.6. The new version includes the following additions and fixes: The Human and KEMAR HRTFs now support sampling rates of 8, 11.025, 16, and... Read more »

AAS Updates String Studio VS with NKS Support

Applied Acoustic Systems has updated their String Studio VS software synthesizer to version 2.0.4. The new version adds support for Native Instruments NKS format, which allows third-party instruments to... Read more »

Synchro Arts Updates VocALign with ARA Integration in Studio One

Synchro Arts VocALign is now available with ARA integration in Studio One Professional. ARA (Audio Random Access) is an extension co-developed by Celemony and PreSonus for audio plug-ins. ARA technology enhances... Read more »

Breaking News: Apogee & macOS 10.12 Sierra and iOS 10

Apogee has posted a comprehensive list of which of their hardware devices support macOS 10.12 Sierra, iOS 10, or both. For those devices compatible with macOS 10.12 Sierra and/or iOS 10, no software updates are... Read more »

Breaking News: Plugin Alliance & macOS 10.12 Sierra

Plugin Alliance has issued the following statement: "...in our qualification of Apple's new Sierra OS (v10.12) we have discovered serious problems with many Plugin Alliance products that primarily affect customers... Read more »

Breaking News: Native Instrument Hardware & macOS Sierra

Native Instruments has released the following statement regarding their hardware and macOS 10.12 Sierra: After intensive testing and close collaboration with Apple, we're happy to report full compatibility and... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE 2.4.7 Update

Native Instruments has updated MASCHINE to version 2.4.7. In addition to bug fixes, the new version features: Sampler: New slicer layout, "Mono" apply option, non-blocking sample analysis, snap-to-nearest transient... Read more »

Propellerhead Releases Reason 9.1 Update

Propellerhead has released a free update — version 9.1 — to Reason featuring the addition of Ableton Link support. Ableton Link, introduced in November 2015, allows apps on different devices to play in... Read more »

Slate Media Technology Releases RAVEN v3.2 for Pro Tools Windows

Slate Media Technology has released their RAVEN 3.2 software for their multi-touch controller for Pro Tools for Windows. This is their first Windows support for RAVEN, and allows Pro Tools users to access the full... Read more »

Backward Guitar Recording the Easy Way

The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix both experimented with recording guitars (or other instruments) to a reel of analog tape that had been reversed on the tape recorder. Once the part or parts are recorded, the reel was... Read more »

Native Instruments Releases KONTAKT 5.6

Native Instruments has released a free update to their flagship sampling application, KONTAKT. KONTAKT version 5.6 offers users an updated interface, improved stability, and bug fixes. In addition, it offers... Read more »

How to Hunt for Problem Frequencies Using Parametric EQ

Many times, you'll be pleased with your recordings, but there's just something — a buzz, some fizz, a whistle, a harmonic — that doesn't sit quite right. In these cases, parametric EQ, which offers you... Read more »