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    Windows' Multi-user Accounts

    PC Notes

    We look at how Windows' multi-user accounts can be used as a potential alternative to setting up different versions of Windows on multiple partitions.

    Techniques Mar 2003
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    Partitioning PC Hard Drives For Multi-boot Systems

    PC Musician

    As hard drive sizes rise into the hundreds of Gigabytes, it's crucial to consider the benefits that partitioning can bring.

    Techniques Mar 2003
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    Cutting Edge

    File Formats & The Internet

    There are many reasons why the digital delivery of media hasn't replaced traditional physical methods, but could one reason be that files just aren't very collectable?

    Techniques Feb 2003
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    Windows XP One Year On

    PC Musician

    It's been 12 months since we first evaluated Windows XP as a music platform, and it now seems to be the OS of choice for most manufacturers. So should musicians who have been holding back now take the plunge and upgrade?

    Techniques Feb 2003
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    For burning audio CDs on a PC, the more advanced pre-mastering applications like Steinberg's Wavelab not only provide a huge number of editing and track-indexing functions for adding the final polish to your tracks, but also graphic real-time track fades

    Getting Better Performance From Your CD Drives

    PC Musician

    Cheap, writable optical media have revolutionised the way PC users store audio and back up their data. However, setting up your CD-R/W drives and persuading them to work at their best can be more complicated than it seems...

    Techniques Jan 2003
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    MIDIJoys can convert a game joystick, mouse, trackball or trackpad into a dual-axis MIDI controller.

    Using A Games Joystick As A MIDI Controller

    PC Notes

    We transform the humble and inexpensive games joystick into a simple but effective MIDI controller, and find a word processor that will have minimum impact on the clean music partition of your PC.

    Techniques Jan 2003
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    BIOS Tweaks For Music Performance

    PC Musician

    Your computer's most fundamental system settings are stored in its BIOS. Modifying them can help increase performance and eliminate glitches, but it's not something to approach lightly...

    Techniques Dec 2002
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    Yamaha SW1000XG EQ Response

    PC Notes

    We take a look at the EQ response of the Yamaha SW1000XG soundcard, the possibility of disabling the SMBus to gain an extra IRQ, and more advice on managing your updates.

    Techniques Dec 2002
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    Rightmark's Audio Analyser provides a simple way to assess various aspects of the audio performance of your PC soundcard and compare it to others, and best of all, it's freeware.

    Testing & Improving PC Soundcard Audio Performance

    Clear Signals

    An hour spent fine-tuning the performance of your soundcard can yield permanent improvements in background noise, distortion levels and frequency response.

    Techniques Nov 2002
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    The Truth About Latency: Part 2

    Latency & Latency Jitter: Real-world Tests

    In the second part of our investigation into the real-world delays caused by PC hardware and software, we consider the differences between different MIDI applications and versions of Windows. Are some sequencers really 'tighter' than others?

    Techniques Oct 2002
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    By recording the MIDI Note On message (shown here as a clump of negative-going pulses on the bottom trace) and the audio output produced by a synth (top trace), you can measure the time between them. Here it's about 17ms -- at the top of the range for com

    The Truth About Latency: Part 1

    Soft Synth Latency & Latency Jitter: Real-world Tests

    Theoretical figures and manufacturers' measurements may suggest that the latency of your soft synths is negligible — but that's no use if their timing is all over the place when you actually play them. Our real-world results give you the true picture.

    Techniques Sep 2002
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    Waves Native Plug-ins

    PC Notes

    As Intel and AMD continue to push the clock speeds and architectures of PC processors, music software developers are taking advantage of the optimisations possible, as demonstrated by Waves with the latest update to their native plug-ins.

    Techniques Sep 2002
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    Here's a carefully tweaked RIAA de-emphasis curve that's provided by Waves in their collection of Q10 Pre/De-Emphasis presets. Notice the -12dB on the input faders to prevent digital overload.

    Digitising & Restoring Tapes & Records On Your PC

    PC Musician

    A PC with CD burner and soundcard provides the ideal means to preserve old tape recordings or transfer your vinyl collection to CD.

    Techniques Aug 2002
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    Detecting & Resolving PC Hardware Faults

    PC Musician

    Not all PC problems are down to software, and a huge range of difficulties - from occasional glitches to complete system failure - can actually be caused by hardware faults. Here's how to diagnose and cure some of the most common.

    Techniques Jun 2002
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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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    iPod

    Apple Notes

    On October 25th 2001 Apple released their first non-Mac device for many years, the iPod. Apple Notes spots a vital clue which makes the iPod rather useful to the recording musician, whatever the general consumer makes of it...

    Techniques Jan 2002

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