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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

Mix Tip: More Exciting Bass

On some of the most popular listening devices, such as headphones, earbuds, and computer speakers, the ability to reproduce bass is severely limited, and too much low bass in a mix will overwhelm the music. However... Read more »

How to Place Studio Monitors for Stereo Mixing

There are some rules of thumb when it comes to placing monitors. For example, it's best not to place the speakers tight against a wall as this results in a low end build up of 3dB. Symmetry is also important —... Read more »

How to Convert Arturia V4 Presets to V5

Arturia has released a Preset Updater for updating presets made for their V Collection 4 software instruments to be compatible with V Collection 5 instruments. Simply download the preset updater app, click to start... Read more »

Toontrack Releases EZDrummer v2.1.2

Toontrack has updated EZDrummer to version 2.1.2. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the new update includes: Pasting onto an empty track sets the time signature to that of the pasted loop.Drumkit preset menu... Read more »

How to Record the Output of a Reason 9 Player Device to a Track

One of the new features in Propellerhead Reason 9 is Player devices (such as Note Echo, Scales and Chords, and Dual Arpeggio), which let you alter playback of a MIDI performance in realtime. This means if you record... Read more »

How Often Should I Replace My Audio Cables?

Cables don't "wear out" in the same way that some components, such as vacuum tubes, do. In most cases, unless it is damaged or suffers wear from being coiled/uncoiled, stepped on, pulled, twisted, bent, or otherwise... Read more »

Soundtoys Releases v5.0.4

Soundtoys has updated their processors to version 5.0.4. This update fixes a MIDI-syncing issue with Tremolator, PhaseMistress, PanMan, and FilterFreak in several digital audio workstations. Version 5.0.4 is a free... Read more »

Cakewalk Updates SONAR to 2016.06

Cakewalk has issued their latest monthly update to SONAR. The newest version, 2016.06, includes: Numerous bug fixes and enhancementsSmart SwipeTH3 ChangesTheme Fixes Smart Swipe Track Controls let users instantly... Read more »

EQ Before or After Compression?

Whether to use EQ before or after (or both before and after) applying compression is a creative choice. But to make the best decision, you should understand how a compressor will affect an EQ'd signal: When you EQ a... Read more »

U-He Updates Satin to v1.3

U-He has update Satin, their flexible tape emulation plug-in, to version 1.3. New features and improvements: Added Preferences panelNew VST3 support. See VST3_ReadMe.txt for more informationImproved MIDI learn... Read more »

Avid Releases Sibelius 8.4

Avid has just released Sibelius 8.4. In addition to numerous bug fixes and improvements, this update introduces a new Custom Staff Sizes feature. There are now four staff sizes for you to choose among, defined in... Read more »

How to Use Both Delay and Reverb During Mixdown

Delay and reverb are classic effects that you'll find yourself using in almost every mix, sometimes on different tracks, but often on the same track. There are no hard and fast rules as to how you must use these... Read more »

Overloud Updates TH3 to v3.2.0

Overloud has released an update to TH3, their amp-simulation software. Version 3.2.0, in addition to bug fixes, includes the following features, based on user requests: A new Chain Overview panel, to make navigation... Read more »

Nektar Adds Reason 9 Support

Nektar has released an update to their line of keyboard controllers that includes both DAW integration with the just-released Propellerhead Reason 9 and mapping for the three new Player devices included in Reason 9... Read more »

Arturia Updates V Collection 5

Arturia has released the first software update to their award-winning V Collection 5. This update is mostly a bugfix and subtle enhancement update, however Arturia notes that they have addressed issues and requests... Read more »

Breaking News: Native Instruments Releases MASCHINE v2.4.6 Hotfix

Native Instruments has released the following statement: "The MASCHINE 2.4.5 update uploaded to Service Center on Tuesday contains a critical issue that affects certain third-party plug-ins. A new version, 2.4.6... Read more »

What Does the Tube in a Tube Mic Do?

Capacitor (condenser) mics generally reproduce a signal with low levels that need internal pre-amplification so that the mic can output a strong enough signal to survive the trip through a cable and into a... Read more »

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 »