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    Scorewriters

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    Musical Applications

    Apple Notes

    With new technology on the horizon, and the growing number of musician-friendly applications appearing on the iPhone, 2009 promises to be another interesting year for Apple audiophiles.

    Techniques Feb 2009
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    Firewire & New MacBooks

    Apple Notes

    Despite offering powerful new features and an innovative design, Apple's new MacBook and MacBook Pro could pose problems for musicians dependent on Firewire audio interfaces. We consider the good, the bad, and the incompatible.

    Techniques Jan 2009
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    Pocket iPhone Studio

    Apple Notes

    As iPhone-mania continues to grip the world, developers have been releasing music-related applications, some of which offer a surprising level of sophistication. Forget the idea of a laptop studio — it's time for the pocket studio!

    Techniques Dec 2008
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    Audio MIDI Setup

    Apple Notes

    Audio MIDI Setup is the Mac OS X utility that allows you to set up audio and MIDI devices. This month we're going to delve into the MIDI Devices tab, in order to explain how applications work with the MIDI hardware you've connected to your Mac.

    Techniques Nov 2008
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    Troubleshooting Apple OS X Filing System

    Apple Notes

    Knowing where OS X stores important files, such as plug-ins and musically-related drivers, can often be vital when dealing with a misbehaving Mac. This month we go on an expedition through the domains of the OS X filing system...

    Techniques Oct 2008
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    iMac: The First 10 Years

    Apple Notes

    This August represents the tenth anniversary of Apple shipping the original iMac, so we take the opportunity to sit back and reminisce on how Mac technology has changed for musicians over the last decade.

    Techniques Sep 2008
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    Worldwide Developers Conference: Snow Leopard

    Apple Notes

    At the first Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to be billed as a joint event for both Mac and iPhone developers, the iPhone took centre-stage and Apple dropped some breadcrumbs of information regarding the next major version of Mac OS X: Snow Leopard.

    Techniques Aug 2008
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    Mac Pro + RAID = Better Audio Performance

    Apple Notes

    This month we consider the return of Power PC processor technology to Apple, and also investigate how adding Apple's RAID card to the latest Mac Pro can improve audio performance.

    Techniques Jul 2008
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    Apple Mac Pro: How Powerful Is It?

    Apple Notes

    The current top-end Mac Pro offers so much power that some audio software is playing catch-up just to be able to make use of it all. But how much power? We run some tests to find out.

    Techniques Jun 2008
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    Revamped MacBooks & MacBook Pros; iPhone SDK

    Apple Notes

    There's no lack of new Apple products to discuss this month, with a revamp of the company's portable line of MacBooks and MacBook Pros, and the iPhone SDK that will enable developers to create applications for what Apple hope will become the next significant platform.

    Techniques May 2008
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    Why Won't 32-bit Plug-ins Work In 64-bit Apps?

    Apple Notes

    Have you ever wondered why Power PC plug-ins can't run in Intel applications, or why your 32-bit plug-ins won't work in 64-bit applications of the future? Apple Notes explains all.

    Techniques Apr 2008
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    New Mac Pro & MacBook Air

    Apple Notes

    As weeks go, the first couple in January were pretty good for new Mac hardware, with Apple introducing updated Mac Pros and Xserves, along with a new stunningly thin MacBook. We dissect the potential of Apple's new offerings with a musician-shaped scalpel.

    Techniques Mar 2008
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    Penryn Tech; Mac Pro Storage

    Apple Notes

    With Apple opening a new retail store in Exeter, and speculation as to when new Mac Pros might be released to take advantage of Intel's latest Penryn technology, welcome to the first (and possibly last) West Country-themed Apple Notes.

    Techniques Feb 2008
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    Leopard: What Does It Offer Musicians?

    Apple Notes

    Leopard is finally with us — but while it promises improvements for general Mac users, will it offer anything to musicians and audio engineers other than incompatibility?

    Techniques Jan 2008
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    GarageBand

    Apple Notes

    GarageBand is perhaps the most successful entry-level music software ever created, and this month we take a closer look at the latest version supplied with iLife '08.

    Techniques Dec 2007
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    iMac Developments

    Apple Notes

    Apple renewed their commitment to music this month, both for those who listen to it and those who create it. We examine the latest developments, and take a more detailed look at the new iMac, which could offer enough power to be considered more than just an entry-level machine.

    Techniques Nov 2007
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    New iMac, GarageBand, iWork & Mac Mini

    Apple Notes

    A recent Apple special event saw the launch of a new iMac, a new version of GarageBand and a new iWork suite — plus a new Mac Mini is waiting in the wings. Read on for more...

    Techniques Oct 2007
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    Apple Macbook Pro

    17-inch Laptop Computer

    Apple's 17-inch Macbook Pro has both attracted and put off potential purchasers because of its size. But, with a new higher-resolution display and the latest mobile technology, is it now a must for those seeking the best in laptop performance?

    Reviews Sep 2007
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    Music-related Widgets

    Apple Notes

    Widgets are everywhere, from the new iPhone to Macs running OS X Tiger. But while the iPhone is picky about the Widgets it will run, your Mac is open to a world of musically-related Widget curiosities...

    Techniques Sep 2007
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    Leopard: What Does It Offer Musicians?

    Apple Notes

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs outlined many visually interesting features this month for the next major version of OS X. However, it's perhaps the features that lurk beneath Leopard's glossy exterior that will prove the most useful to Mac-based musicians and audio engineers.

    Techniques Aug 2007
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    Mac: Installing A MIDI Interface

    Apple Notes

    Installing a MIDI interface to work with your Mac should be an easy task, but what happens if it doesn't want to play ball? Apple Notes is here to help.

    Techniques Jul 2007

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