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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

Double Tracking by Signal Splitting

Double tracking is a tried-and-true method to make a single part sound bigger. Double tracked parts need to be fairly close in time with each other so that they don't make the part sound sloppy. Yet it's generally... Read more »

Can I connect S16 or SD16 to the XR18?

Q: Can the Behringer S16 I/O Box and Behringer SD16 digital snake connect to the Behringer XR18 mixer? A:No, they cannot. The XR-series mixers do not support additional inputs over Ethernet, which is how the S16 and... Read more »

Can I Control the Behringer XR18 from the X32?

Q: Can the Behringer X32 digital mixer control the Behringer XR18 digital rackmount mixer? A: The XR18 does not have AES50 network ports, therefore the X32 cannot control the XR18. Also the internal X32 software is... Read more »

How Can I Tell When Unison is Active on My Apollo?

The Unison technology in Universal Audio's Apollo audio interfaces physically reconfigures the input circuit of the Apollo's preamp and provides the exact impedance, tone, and feel of legendary preamps from Neve... Read more »

Keith McMillen Instruments Introduces iOS Support for K-MIX

Keith McMillen Instruments continues to expand the capabilities of their recently released K-MIX 8-input, 10-output audio interface and programmable mixer by introducing iOS support in the latest firmware update... Read more »

Keith McMillen Instruments Updates K-MIX Editor

Keith McMillen Instruments has updated their K-MIX Editor software editor for OS X to version 1.2. The new combination software and K-MIX firmware update for the K-MIX mixer, in addition to numerous bug fixes... Read more »

DAW Tip: Filter out MIDI “Ghost Notes”

When you record a live MIDI track into your DAW, a brush of your finger, a slight hesitation, or a software glitch might create one or more extra "ghost notes" that have either very low velocities or super-short... Read more »

Soundtoys Releases 5.0.3 update for Mac Users

Close on the heels of their discovering a problem in v5.0.2, Soundtoys has just released Soundtoys 5.0.3 installers for Mac users. They have issued the following urgent statement: "We strongly recommend that all Mac... Read more »

Sometimes the Most Appropriate Reverb is a Delay

Reverb is a time-based effect; it takes an input signal and applies a wash of very short delays of varying complexities, depending on the specific algorithm and settings. Clearly, based on the popularity of reverb... Read more »

Omnidirectional Mics Deserve Love Too!

Sometimes it seems that the microphone world revolves around the cardioid polar pattern. Life is easy when you're the most popular belle at the ball! But omnis have a lot to bring to the party too. For one thing... Read more »

That “Boxy” Sound Might Not Be the Mic

Few things are more frustrating than recording a great amp or acoustic instrument, or singing a great vocal, and on playback you realize it sounds "boxy" — that tell-tale stuffy sound that is almost impossible... Read more »

Is My MOTU AVB Interface Compatible with iOS?

All AVB-equipped MOTU interfaces are compatible with iPad/iOS (utilizing the Apple Camera Connection Kit) and other USB 2.0 audio class-compliant hosts. This includes the following MOTU interfaces: 1248 8M 16A 112D... Read more »

How to Record Acoustic Guitars with the Royer R-121

The Royer R-121 ribbon mic has a reputation as one of the most natural-sounding ribbon mics available, known for capturing "the sound in the room" of most acoustic sources with minimal coloration. That said, due to... Read more »

Soundtoys 5 Updated to v5.0.2

Soundtoys has updated their Soundtoys 5 plug-in suite to version 5.0.2. In addition to numerous bug fixes and performance enhancements, these are the main new features: Plug-ins with the Analog Mode option now have... Read more »

PreSonus Unveils Presence XT Editor and Studio One 3.2.2

PreSonus's Presence XT sample player, as found in the company's Studio One 3 DAW, is a powerful sample-based instrument offering tons of great sounds. Now Presence XT has been opened up for creative musicians... Read more »

Use a Mic Stand for Vocal Recording

When you're recording, you want to capture not just the notes, but the vibe of the performance. For some singers, this means grabbing the microphone and rocking out the way they do on stage. This can cause problems... Read more »

How to Avoid Boominess When Recording Vocals

Proximity effect — defined as a change in the frequency response of a directional microphone as the mic is brought closer to the source — can be a great tool for tailoring the response of a microphone... Read more »

Hi-Fi Lo-Fi ?

Lo-fi high fidelity; it sounds like a contradiction, doesn't it? Lots of guitar pedals, software effects, and hardware units offer to "lo-fi" your sound for you, and yet manufacturers always promise higher and... Read more »

How Hot Should I Record My Vocals?

In the old days of analog-tape recording, you wanted to record your vocals as "hot" (close to maximum level) as you could, because less level meant more noise and potentially lower fidelity. Even in the early days... Read more »

When in Doubt, Start with the “Longest Dimension Rule” for Mic Placement

When you're miking up acoustic instruments, experimentation and using your ears are the names of the game when finding the perfect mic placement. But if you're miking up an instrument you've never recorded before... Read more »

What’s the Difference between Electret and Capacitor Mics?

An electret, or back-electret microphone, is one type of capacitor/condenser microphone. All capacitor microphones work by having an electrical charge applied. As the sound waves strike the diaphragm and make it... Read more »

How to Tighten Up a Recording Without Quantizing

It can be discouraging when you love the feel of a particular performance but it somehow sounds a bit off; things aren't as tight as they could be. A lot of times, that "offness" you're hearing can be alleviated by... Read more »

Rock the Mic — Just Don’t Rock the Mic!

When you're recording, as tempting as it might be to swagger around with the mic stand, you'll get a far better result if you isolate your microphone from any physical movement or shock. Movement or knocking into... Read more »

How Can a Microphone Have a “Sound”? Shouldn’t It Sound Like What It’s Recording?

It's true that the vast majority of microphones strive to deliver a sonic representation of the source as precisely as possible. But the reality is that the mic's electronic components, construction materials... Read more »