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    FREE Audio Units Host App

    Apple Notes

    We explore a powerful Audio Units plug-in host application you might not realise you already own, called AU Lab. Plus news of the multi-button Apple mouse and Intel architecture changes...

    Techniques Oct 2005
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    Mozilla Firefox Vs Microsoft Internet Explorer

    PC Notes

    More news of what's cooking in the world of Windows — but first, why it might be time to ditch Internet Explorer in favour of Mozilla's Firefox browser...

    Techniques Oct 2005
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    Hardware Safety Guidelines For The PC Musician

    PC Musician

    The new PC interfacing standards of USB and Firewire brought with them the promise of 'hot-plugging' and easy interconnection. But some musicians have discovered, to their cost, that the reality doesn't always live up to the promise. We investigate...

    Techniques Oct 2005
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    Powerbook Alternatives

    Apple Notes

    As the Mac community looks to Pentium M-based Powerbooks to deliver high-performance, low-power mobile solutions, what if you can't wait until next year and need to purchase a Powerbook right now?

    Techniques Sep 2005
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    PCI Express Peripheral Problems

    PC Notes

    The PCI Express peripheral standard is generally good news for musicians, but some audio problems related to this faster interface and certain motherboard chip sets are emerging. We examine the issues.

    Techniques Sep 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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    Macs With Intel Processors?

    Apple Notes

    Apple users are used to transitions, having moved from 68k-based Macs to Power PC processors, and the classic Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X. Now it's time for the third and most shocking transition of all: the move to Macs with Intel processors.

    Techniques Aug 2005
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    M For Mobile...

    PC Notes

    The Pentium M processor has various desirable qualities, not least its very low power requirement, which leads to a reduced need for cooling and a quieter life for musicians. However, it has always been confined to use in laptops, with corresponding limitations — until recently.

    Techniques Aug 2005
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    Spreading Your Music Across Networked Computers

    PC Musician

    Networking computers is now more straightforward than it used to be, there's a good choice of connection protocols, and Macs can get in on the act alongside PCs. The benefits for musicians can be considerable, as we discover...

    Techniques Aug 2005
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    Faster G5s

    Apple Notes

    As Apple's Tiger finds its way around the jungle of Mac users, there's also some new hardware to consider this month, with faster G5 machines hitting the shelves.

    Techniques Jul 2005
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    DIY PC Fault-finding

    PC Notes

    If youre having problems with your setup, a methodical approach can save frustration. PC Notes offers some advice.

    Techniques Jul 2005
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    What Can You Achieve With A Single Music PC?

    PC Musician

    If your PC is beginning to feel a bit tired, even though it's a comparatively recent model, do you really have to abandon it in favour of a new machine, or can clever upgrading restore cutting-edge performance?

    Techniques Jul 2005
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    Mac OS X Tiger: A Musician's Guide

    Apple Notes

    The latest version of Apple's Mac OS contains some excellent new features aimed at musicians and audio engineers. Is this one OS upgrade you won't mind performing on your studio computer?

    Techniques Jul 2005
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    OS X Tiger • Apple Soundtrack Pro

    Apple Notes

    We offer a brief preview of the features musicians can look forward to in Mac OS X Tiger, take a first look at a major new version of Soundtrack, and examine why the iPod Shuffle is hard to resist.

    Techniques Jun 2005
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    From 32-bit To 64-bit

    PC Notes

    The magic number of 64 is gradually working its way into all aspects of our PC experience: processors from both AMD and Intel, the Windows XP OS, hardware drivers, and — coming soon — 64-bit music apps. But what should we be aware of as we consider the transition from 32-bit?

    Techniques Jun 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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    GarageBand 2, PowerBooks & iPods

    Apple Notes

    Although intended as an entry-level application to introduce new people to computer-based music making, Apple's GarageBand has received acclaim from beginners and professionals alike. We look at version 2, which adds score editing, multitrack audio recording, and more...

    Techniques May 2005
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    Maximum RAM

    PC Notes

    If you are tempted to approach the dizzy heights of 4GB of RAM in your PC, as supported by most motherboards, there are a few things to bear in mind.

    Techniques May 2005
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    Why & How To Partition Your Music PC Hard Drive

    PC Musician

    Did you know that sensibly partitioning your hard drive or, if it's already partitioned, simply swapping the positions of your audio and sample partitions could result in a significant improvement in PC audio performance? We explain the whys and wherefores.

    Techniques May 2005
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    Setting Up Logic Node

    Apple Notes

    We've discussed Logic's distributed audio processing in past Apple Notes columns, but this month we offer some tips on setting up Logic Node to run on a network of headless Macs, along with some advice on Firewire-based networking.

    Techniques Apr 2005
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    Solving Directmusic Timing Problems In Cubase SX & Nuendo

    PC Notes

    We tackle a Directmusic timing problem in Cubase SX and Nuendo, catch up with Gigastudio news, and bring some great freebie plug-ins and VSTis to your attention...

    Techniques Apr 2005

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