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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

How to Use Reverb Depth to Simulate Movement

Automating panning in order to create a sense of side-to-side movement in a mix or track is a tried-and-true stereo trick. But you can also create a sense of front-to-back or back-to-front movement using a reverb... Read more »

What is the “Sweet Spot” for Nearfield Monitors?

The "sweet spot" refers to the listening position at which you have the best stereo image from a pair of studio monitors. There's no single spot, the location depends on the room and monitor placement. However, to... Read more »

Should I Use a Mic or DI My Acoustic-electric Guitar?

Q: I'm recording my acoustic guitar, which has a great-sounding pickup system in it. Do I still need to mic it, or can I get by with just running the guitar direct? A: Unless there is some compelling reason not to... Read more »

Slate Digital Releases Virtual Mix Rack v1.3.0.5

Slate Digital has released an update to their Virtual Mix Rack plug-in. Version is a bugfix release with the following being the main fixes: Negative Input Values are no longer omitted in the Virtual... Read more »

Studio One Mixer is Stuck in Mono

Q: I'm using PreSonus Studio One to record and mix my project, but I've got a weird problem: Somehow my master fader is stuck in mono! Everything is panned center and when I move the pan controls on the individual... Read more »

Arturia Updates BeatStep Pro Firmware

Arturia has released a firmware update to their BeatStep Pro controller and sequencer. Firmware version 1.4.0 offers numerous fixes and features improved stability when following MIDI, DIN, or analog external... Read more »

How to Control CV-based Analog Synths with Your Computer

Analog synthesizers, and analog synth modules such as Eurorack modules, are becoming more popular than ever. These devices are manipulated via electrical control voltages (CV) rather than digital messages carried... Read more »

What is the Difference Between an Active and a Passive DI Box?

The most obvious difference is that passive DI boxes don't need to be powered. Active DI boxes require a power source, usually batteries or phantom power over an XLR jack. But the differences go deeper than that... Read more »

Combining On- and Off-axis Mics on a Guitar Amp

Recording a guitar cabinet with two microphones is a tried-and-true technique. Placement of those microphones is an art. But it's not just the position of the mics in front of the speaker, the distance of the mics... Read more »

Native Instruments Maschine “TruTorials — Season 2” Arrives

Native Instruments has released "Season 2" of their instructive, fast-paced, short "TruTorials" for Maschine. The TruTorials are designed to get you creating fast — each 90-second episode focuses on one... Read more »

Cakewalk Releases SONAR 2016.03 Update

Cakewalk has released version 2016.03 for SONAR Artist, SONAR Professional, and SONAR Platinum. The new Help Module view responds dynamically to users, and includes helpful tips on shortcuts and additional... Read more »

How to EQ for Open, Airy Mixes

You often hear people talking about "open" mixes that sound "airy" rather than mushy. Generally, "air" corresponds to those frequencies over 12kHz or so -┬áthe high, sparkly stuff. Many times when we mix, there tends... Read more »

Cool Tool: Hand-held Recorder

In these days of computers, smartphones, and tablets, it's easier than ever to plug microphones into an audio interface or mixer, and send all the sources to your DAW of choice. But don't underestimate the value of... Read more »

Live Sound: Don’t Forget the Extension Cord

These days, nearly every musician needs power onstage — even vocalists need power for charging their iPads! Most musicians know that they should bring an extra power strip or two to the gig, just in case the... Read more »

What is a “Snake” and Do I Need One?

"Snake" is a generalized term for many cables all permanently bundled together in a tube or other binding. A snake is useful when you need to route a bunch of cables from one location to another — rather than... Read more »

Do I Need Dedicated Audio Editing Software?

Q: I have a DAW on my computer and it does a lot of editing functions. Do I still need a dedicated audio editor software app? A: Most DAWs are highly capable when it comes to editing audio, particularly when... Read more »

Rob Papen Releases NKS-compatible Instruments

Rob Papen has updated five of their virtual instruments to be compatible with Native Instruments' NKS format for their Komplete Kontrol S-series of controllers. The instruments are Blue-II, RAW, Blade, RG, and... Read more »

Same Guitar Amp, Different Rooms

When you're recording multiple guitar tracks, most producers recommend capturing different guitar sounds in different takes, in order to give your riffs and songs more texture and depth. But what if you don't have a... Read more »

How Far Away Should I Place Distance Mics?

How far to place distance microphones from a source depends on a number of factors: the type of source, the size and shape of the space you're recording in, and ultimately, the type of effect you're trying to... Read more »

Acoustica Releases version 7.7 Update to Mixcraft and Mixcraft Pro

Acoustica has updated Mixcraft and Mixcraft Pro to version 7.7. The update includes a new "publish" feature that allows for one-click publishing of music and videos directly to YouTube, Facebook, Soundcloud... Read more »

Remote Control PreSonus StudioLive RM Mixers with Studio One v3.2

With the new version 3.2 update, PreSonus Studio One can now remote-control StudioLive RM-series XMAX preamps, as well as the Fat Channel processing for StudioLive RM-series and StudioLive AI Series consoles. The... Read more »

PreSonus Updates Firmware for StudioLive RM-series Mixers

PreSonus has released firmware updates for their StudioLive RM16AI and StudioLive RM32AI 32x16x3 rackmount digital mixers. With the new firmware update, two StudioLive RM-series mixers can be cascaded via AVB... Read more »

UVI Falcon Updated to v1.0.7

UVI has updated their powerhouse hybrid synthesizer, Falcon, to version 1.0.7. The update contains the following fixes and additions: Fix regression with legato multi point envelope introduced in 1.0.4Fix issue with... Read more »

How Hot Should I Record My Tracks for the Best Sound?

Getting tracks recorded into your DAW at the proper level ensures that you will be taking advantage of all the resolution that your system can provide and minimize any potential noise problems resulting from the... Read more »