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    Patchbays In The Modern Studio

    How To Choose The Right One For You

    Even in today’s computer‑based studios, a patchbay can change your life. We help you choose the right one.

    Techniques Dec 2020
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    Apple's new Audiobus

    Apple Notes

    The new version of Audiobus is really going places. All aboard!

    Techniques Mar 2014
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    Quartz Composer: OS X's Hidden Gem

    Apple Notes

    While Mac users continue to wait in anticipation for new Mac hardware and software, we explore a really neat application you might not realise you even own, which lets you create your own MIDI- and audio-based visual performances.

    Techniques Apr 2007
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    Managing iLok Plug-in Licences

    Sound Advice

    There can't be many Pro Tools users left who have not had to invest in an iLok key in order to run their favourite plug-ins. But did you know that you can insure, transfer and even buy and sell iLok plug-in licences electronically? Find out more...

    Techniques Nov 2005
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    Useful Utilities For The PC Musician

    PC Musician

    Whether you're running a single PC in your bedroom or a bank of them in a professional studio, sometimes a tiny freeware or shareware utility can make the difference between frustration and elation. We round up some of the best and point you to places where you can find more.

    Techniques Sep 2005
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    Hard Drive Defragmentation

    PC Musician

    Does defragmenting your hard drives, including the ones you use for recording audio, really result in better PC performance? Opinion is divided, so we take a considered look at the subject, as well as testing some of the most suitable 'defragger' utilities.

    Techniques Jun 2005
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    Windows XP: Is It Suitable For Music?

    PC Musician

    Windows XP is probably the most important PC operating system upgrade since Windows 95, but as always, its new features come at a cost. Should you upgrade your computer? Here's the definitive guide...

    Techniques Feb 2002
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    MIDI On The Road: Part 2

    Preparing The System

    Having looked in Part 1 at how to condense your studio setup for use as a live rig, David Harman concludes this short series with tips on how to prepare yourself and your gear for the rigours of live performance.

    Techniques Sep 2001
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    MIDI On The Road: Part 1

    Designing The Rig

    Being a MIDI-based musician doesn't mean that you can't get out and play live gigs; you just need to plan more carefully than the average pub band. Grizzled live MIDI veteran David Harman explains the pitfalls and outlines some of the preparation you need to take your show on the road.

    Techniques Aug 2001
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    Understanding And Writing Lyrics, Part 5: Simile & Metaphor

    Tips & Tricks

    Sam Inglis demostrates how you might furhter enrich your lyric writing with the use of comparisons.

    Techniques Apr 2001
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    Understanding & Writing Lyrics, Part 4: Connotation & Metonymy

    Tips & Tricks

    This month, Sam Inglis shows you how to improve your lyric writing by using fewer words to say more.

    Techniques Mar 2001
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    Understanding & Writing Lyrics, Part 3: Metre & Rhyme

    Tips & Tricks

    In this month's installment, Sam Inglis looks at how you can use the sounds and rhythms of words to make your song lyrics more memorable.

    Techniques Feb 2001
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    Understanding & Writing Lyrics, Part 2: Modes

    Tips & Tricks

    Whenever we hear or read song lyrics, we are hearing the voice of a person, whether that voice be the songwriter's own, exploring his or her own emotions and feelings, or someone else's. The second part of Sam Inglis' series explains how you can write for different voices to put across different messages.

    Techniques Jan 2001
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