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    Specifying & Building A Dual-core Desktop PC

    PC Musician

    If you haven't yet taken the dual-core plunge, there's an alternative to either buying an off-the-shelf mainstream model that may not be quite right for music or paying a premium for a custom-assembled music PC: choose the components and build your own.

    Techniques Feb 2007
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    Windows Vista — Upgrade Or Wait?

    PC Notes

    After a long wait, the new Windows Vista OS is actually on the horizon — so should we all be rushing to upgrade?

    Techniques Feb 2007
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    Macbook Pro (64-bit) & Xeon Xserve

    Apple Notes

    We take the opportunity of a New Year issue to look back at the 12 months that saw Apple's transition to Intel processors, and to welcome in the new Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pros and Xeon-based Xserves.

    Techniques Jan 2007
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    Direct X Plug-ins & Cubase 4

    PC Notes

    Direct X plug-in support has been dropped from Steinberg's Cubase 4 sequencing software — so what do you do if you have projects that use such plug-ins and you want to upgrade to the latest Cubase? PC Musician offers some solutions, as well as rounding up the latest PC news and information.

    Techniques Jan 2007
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    OS X RAID: Any Good For Audio?

    Apple Notes

    With the new Mac Pro offering increased internal data storage, we investigate whether using the software RAID functionality built into OS X has any benefits for audio applications.

    Techniques Dec 2006
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    Firewire Chips To Win XP Media Center

    PC Notes

    From rogue Firewire controller chips to Windows XP Media Center Edition, the strangest things can cause problems with PC audio...

    Techniques Dec 2006
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    iMacs For Musicians

    Apple Notes

    The new high-end and mid-range iMacs look interesting for musicians, offering Core 2 Duo processors and rather attractive prices. Apple Notes takes a look at the spec.

    Techniques Nov 2006
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    Apple Developer Conference

    Apple Notes

    It was all happening at this year's Apple Developer Conference, where an Intel-based Power Mac replacement and a new Xserve were showcased and Apple Notes was in the audience for the first demonstration of Tiger's spotty successor, Leopard...

    Techniques Oct 2006
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    Eradicating PC Audio Clicks & Pops

    PC Musician

    Cicks and pops can ruin a recording, not to mention causing vast amounts of annoyance and wasted time. Tracking down their causes can be far from easy — but our step-by-step troubleshooting guide is here to help.

    Techniques Oct 2006
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    USB Ports

    PC Notes

    All USB ports are not created equal, as PC Notes finds out this month...

    Techniques Oct 2006
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    Audio Processing With Image Units

    Apple Notes

    As the Mac world looks forward to news of what's in store for the next major version of Mac OS X, we take a look back on an interesting technology, introduced in the last major version, whose audio-processing potential has so far been overlooked.

    Techniques Sep 2006
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    PC Musician: XP Tweaks For Music

    The Audio Tweaks That Work - And The Ones That Don't!

    Windows XP works better for audio than any other Windows OS so far, but musicians still seek those ultimate go-faster tricks, so this month we bring you a guide to those that are worth doing and those that are worth avoiding.

    Techniques Sep 2006
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    New Intel Processors On The Way...

    PC Notes

    New Intel desktop processors promising lots of power but significantly lower operating temperatures, plus 64-bit compatibility — an ideal combination for computer-based musicians — are about to arrive. If you're on the verge of upgrading your PC, read this first...

    Techniques Sep 2006
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    Apple & Emagic

    Apple Notes

    It's been an interesting four years for Mac-based audio engineers and musicians since Apple acquired Emagic, so this month we take the opportunity to acknowledge the anniversary and consider what's changed over this time and what's still to come.

    Techniques Aug 2006
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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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    Software Studios: The Next Generation

    PC Musician

    The totally software studio, with sound quality at least as good as that offered by studio hardware, is now more feasible than ever before. But what are the factors to consider if you're going to go completely 'soft'?

    Techniques Aug 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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    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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    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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