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    Buss-powering USB & Firewire Peripherals

    PC Notes

    Buss-powering USB and Firewire peripherals from a laptop seems like a good idea, cutting down on annoying power supplies and keeping everything portable — but it's not quite as straightforward as you might imagine.

    Techniques Aug 2006
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    PC System Overload Problems & Workarounds

    PC Musician

    There are many factors that can cause your PC to struggle when playing back your songs — including RAM, your hard drive, your CPU and your system settings. But how do you know which is to blame, and do you have to upgrade or can you work around the problem?

    Techniques Jul 2006
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    Mac Book — Best Value Ever?

    Apple Notes

    In just a few weeks, Apple have completed the transition to Intel processors for their entire Mac portable line, starting with a 17-inch Mac Book Pro and ending with the introduction of the Mac Book family of laptops to replace the iBook. Apple Notes assesses the new machines.

    Techniques Jul 2006
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    PC Benchmark Tests

    PC Notes

    A promising new PC system benchmark test, called DAW Bench, has emerged that shows up a previously elusive audio interface problem. PC Notes investigates...

    Techniques Jul 2006
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    Q. Which PC laptop should I buy?

    I'm considering buying a laptop for various audio tasks, including recording school choirs, community music workshops, live...

    Sound Advice Jul 2006
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    Apple Core Duo iMac

    Computer

    When is an iMac not an iMac, but still an iMac? When it's a new model featuring an Intel processor. We test Apple's first Intel-based Mac and see what the future holds for Mac musicians and audio engineers.

    Reviews Jun 2006
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    Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs For Music

    PC Musician

    The Small Form Factor (SFF) PC is a useful halfway house between the flexible but bulky desktop PC and the very portable but expensive and not easily upgradeable laptop. But how well does the SFF PC fit the bill for musicians? We find out.

    Techniques Jun 2006
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    Run Windows On Your Mac

    Apple Notes

    News of Apple allowing Mac users to run Windows on their Macs might sound like an April Fool — but it turned out to be anything but a hoax. This month we investigate the possibilities of running Windows on an Intel-based Mac and discuss why you might want to.

    Techniques Jun 2006
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    Preserve Presets When Upgrading

    PC Notes

    This action-packed PC Notes gives advice on preserving your lovingly crafted presets when you upgrade audio software, offers ideas on keeping your dongles safe and brings you the usual haul of handy hints and tips.

    Techniques Jun 2006
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    Are PC Musicians Ready For Windows x64?

    The 64-bit Question

    With advantages such as more efficient processing and the ability to address up to a Terabyte of RAM, Windows XP Professional x64 has a lot to offer PC-based musicians — in theory. We put the fully 64-bit system idea to the test.

    Techniques May 2006
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    Universal Binaries & Mac Mini

    Apple Notes

    The Mac Mini joins the iMac and the new Mac Book Pro as the latest Apple computer to make the move to Intel processors. We also have the latest news on Universal Binaries, including a look at whether the developer tools used to create these new applications will have a negative effect on performance for Power PC users.

    Techniques May 2006
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    Core Duo Laptops: Battery Life

    PC Notes

    Intel Centrino laptops, especially those using the brand-new Core Duo processor, offer much to the PC-based musician but can suffer a reduction in their usually generous battery life under certain circumstances. We investigate...

    Techniques May 2006
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    Quiet Please: Advanced PC Silencing

    PC Musician

    If you have to record in the same room as your PC, the acoustic noise the computer produces can be more than a mere irritant: it can also compromise sensitive recordings. We take a look at what you can do to restore peace.

    Techniques Apr 2006
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    Intel Macs & Music

    Apple Notes

    With another major transition occurring in the Mac world this year, it's time to consider the real ramifications of moving from Power PC to Intel-based Macs for musicians and audio engineers.

    Techniques Apr 2006
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    Windows Vista

    PC Notes

    If you're thinking about a new PC, do you need to make sure it's ready for the forthcoming Windows XP replacement: Vista? We examine the relevant issues for the musician.

    Techniques Apr 2006
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    Intatouch Touchscreen

    Touchscreen Add-on [Mac/PC]

    Hate mixing by mouse? Intatouch's neat monitor add-on allows you to draw control data directly onto the screen.

    Reviews Mar 2006
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    Millennium Dual-core Pentium 4 PC

    Music Computer

    Dual-core processors hold the key to unprecedented performance with music applications. But how do systems based around Intel's Pentium D, like this one from Millennium Music, compare with their AMD-based rivals?

    Reviews Mar 2006
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    Changing To A Dual-Core PC

    PC Musician

    If you've been waiting and wondering whether to 'go dual-core' in your next PC upgrade, which processor to choose is only one of the factors to consider. We discuss the options and implications.

    Techniques Mar 2006
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    Intel Macs: What Do They Mean For Musicians?

    Apple Notes

    If 2003 was Apple's 'year of the notebook', 2006 is set to be the 'year of Intel', with the prospect that every Mac computer in the company's range will use an Intel processor by the end of it.

    Techniques Mar 2006
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    Harbal Auto EQ & Windows Driver Model

    PC Notes

    Can Harbal's new automatic track EQ solve your equalisation problems with one click? We find out, as well as exploring the mysteries of the Windows Driver Model...

    Techniques Mar 2006
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    Using Multiple Audio Interfaces Together

    PC Musician

    If you need more audio interfacing, do you really have to trash an interface that's otherwise perfectly satisfactory and buy a bigger one? Maybe not, as ways of using several smaller interfaces together are becoming easier to find.

    Techniques Feb 2006

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