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    Q. Should I disable Hyperthreading in my dual-boot XP PC?

    I'm hoping you can help me. I read SOS religiously, having recently ditched subscriptions for other magazines....

    Sound Advice Oct 2006
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    Q. Has anyone tested a PCMCIA to Express Card adaptor with the Emu 1616M, or do PCMCIA to Firewire (or USB 2.0) adaptors exist?

    I'm currently living in Ethiopia and my latest volunteer just brought me a new PC laptop, which I thought would let me...

    Sound Advice Sep 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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    Q. How do I lower the latency on my laptop?

    I have been experiencing some big problems with latency whilst trying to use Cubase SX. I would be grateful for any help or advice you can offer me.

    Sound Advice Feb 2006
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    Q. Will my PC run Garritan Personal Orchestra?

    I am very interested in purchasing Garritan Personal Orchestra as reviewed in the October 2004 edition of ...

    Sound Advice May 2005
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    Q. How can I stop audio dropouts when using my laptop live?

    I have a problem that I am tearing my hair out trying to fix. I have a 3.2GHz Pentium 4 laptop with 1GB of RAM, an 80GB...

    Sound Advice Jan 2005
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    Q. What should I look for in a PC for music?

    I'm a DJ who's looking to get into the production side of things (house and techno). I was going to opt for a PC over Mac. What should I be looking for in terms of processor speed, memory, soundcard and so on?

    Sound Advice Dec 2004
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    Music PCs: Manufacturers' Round Table

    PC Musician

    Buying a music computer from a specialist builder is an increasingly popular option for the PC musician. We rounded up some of the leading names in music PCs to find out exactly what they offer.

    Sound Advice Sep 2004
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    Q. How can I resolve an IRQ conflict?

    My PC uses an Abit KR7A-133 motherboard running an Athlon Thoroughbred XP 2400 processor with 1GB of RAM. My motherboard manual says PCI 4 shares an IRQ with the two USB ports, and that PCI 1 shares with the AGP. My Audiophile currently has an IRQ to itself and so I'm not touching it. However, I need the TC Powercore to not share an IRQ. If anyone can explain what to do, I'd really appreciate it.

    Sound Advice Jul 2004
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    Q. What should I use to play my backing tracks live?

    I need some way to play a stereo backing track when playing live with my band. I don't want to use a CD player, as they skip, but I'm wondering what other options are there?

    Sound Advice Jun 2004
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    Q. What should I look for in a PC laptop?

    I'm considering moving over from my current Mac setup to a PC laptop for mobile recording, using Nuendo 2 and either an RME Cardbus interface or one of MOTU's Firewire systems. Can you point me in the right direction? Is a Centrino laptop the only sensible choice for this kind of application?

    Sound Advice May 2004
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    Q. How do I set up a laptop for live use?

    My guitar player's girlfriend has a four-year-old Gateway Pentium III laptop with 64MB RAM and Windows 98SE installed, and she has agreed to let me do whatever I need to so that we can use it for music. How do we wipe the thing clean and end up with Windows XP for an OS, 320MB of RAM and Emagic Logic Audio Platinum on there?

    Sound Advice Jan 2004
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    Q. Should I use my PC's ACPI mode?

    I've just bought a PC laptop and a MOTU 828. I installed the software and have been using Emagic Logic 5.5. However when I turn off the computer's Advanced Configuration Power Interface (ACPI) it no longer recognises that the 828 is there. Why?

    Sound Advice Oct 2003
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    Q. What disk utilities should I use with Windows XP?

    I've heard that with Windows XP, old versions of Norton Speed Disk do not work and that the latest version of Speed Disk included in Norton Utilities has a number of features removed and is no better, if not worse, than the defrag utility that Windows XP comes with...

    Sound Advice Sep 2003
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    Choosing & Installing PC Soundcards

    PC Musician

    Martin Walker offers some practical advice on choosing soundcards that will work in modern PCs without falling foul of chipset or driver compatibility problems.

    Sound Advice Aug 2001
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    Broadcasting Your Audio: Part 2

    Net Notes

    In the final part of this two-part Net Notes about broadcasting your audio and video on the Internet, Dave Shapton discusses error correction and quality control, helps you to prepare for your webcast and suggests some solutions for broadcasting live events.

    Sound Advice Dec 2000
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    An Introduction To mLAN: Part 4

    Audio Networking

    There was quite a buzz about mLAN at the recent American AES audio trade show. Paul Wiffen reports on the latest developments.

    Sound Advice Nov 2000
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    Software Studios — Practical Solution Or Second-best?


    Software and hardware developments have made the 'studio in your PC' concept increasingly attractive, but many prospective users are put off by concerns about sound quality, timing, and the difficulty of adapting existing sample libraries. Many of these issues need no longer cause difficulty, however, as Martin Walker explains...

    Sound Advice Nov 2000
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    Setting Up A Desktop Studio: Part 3

    Tips & Tricks

    Paul White concludes this short series by considering a more sophisticated desktop studio incorprating an external digital mixer.

    Sound Advice Oct 2000
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    Q. How can I reduce my Athlon-based PC's fan noise?

    I recently built a computer based on the Athlon 500 processor and am about to invest in the Digidesign Digi 001 recording...

    Sound Advice Sep 2000
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    Setting Up A Desktop Studio: Part 2

    Sound Advice

    Continuing his series on setting up a recording environment based around a Mac or PC computer, Paul White goes through the hardware and software options for recording audio alongside your MIDI tracks.

    Sound Advice Sep 2000


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