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    How Good Are Centrino Laptops For Music?

    The Mobile Musician

    With the promise of improved battery life and more compact designs with no compromise in performance, Intel's Centrino technology should be the answer to the mobile musician's prayers. But does the promise hold true when running the most demanding music and audio software?

    Techniques Feb 2004
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    Cutting Edge

    Software Protection

    The music world is going soft — but the economics of software production run up hard against the inadequacies of software protection. Cutting Edge speculates on a possible solution.

    Techniques Feb 2004
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    PC Musician Jargon Buster

    PC Musician

    If you are relatively new to PC music, it can seem like a maze of acronyms and mystifying computer-related terms — so here's a useful glossary to clear up any confusion.

    Techniques Feb 2004
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    How Powerful Is The G5?

    Apple Notes

    As more musicians and audio professionals begin to embrace G5 Power Macs, we take a look at quantifying just how much host-based DSP power you can expect. Plus, news of the 20-inch iMac and an explanation of 'Journaling'.

    Techniques Feb 2004
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    Cubase SX Processor Choices

    PC Notes

    Steinberg have made available the results from a set of uniform Cubase SX tests that pitted different computers against each other — but what does it all mean for your choice of processor?

    Techniques Feb 2004
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    Apple G5

    The Ultimate Music Computer?

    Few products have been hyped as much as Apple's new G5 range of 64-bit personal computers — but how good are they for making and recording music in the real world? We test the 2GHz Dual Processor model...

    Reviews Jan 2004
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    Setting Up A Computer Studio

    Four Computer-based Recording Systems Explained

    A frequently recurring question from new sequencer/DAW users is what else they need to set up a complete studio. We show you how to create the most simple usable system, and how to expand and adapt it to more demanding applications.

    Techniques Jan 2004
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    Running Legacy Software Under Windows XP

    PC Musician

    Do you have elderly Windows or MS-DOS software that refuses to run under Windows XP? If so, there may still be a way to get it working. Find out how...

    Techniques Jan 2004
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    SME Solutions/Maxdata Pro 7000X

    Centrino Laptop PC

    More and more musicians are turning to systems based around a laptop PC, and Intel's new Pentium-M processor — as found in this model from Maxdata and SME Solutions — seems to perform well with music applications.

    Reviews Jan 2004
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    OS X Panther

    Apple Notes

    As Apple's recent Panther operating system upgrade is adopted by the Mac community, the usual problems that accompany such a major change begin to surface. We take a closer look at the issues worth considering before making the jump to Panther, and report on Apple's new iBook G4.

    Techniques Jan 2004
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    Recovering Lost Files

    PC Notes

    Ever accidentally thrown away computer data that you should have kept? This month we have the technology, and we can rebuild it.

    Techniques Jan 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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    Windows XP Media Center

    Cutting Edge

    With the release in the UK of XP Media Center Edition, Microsoft aim to make Windows PCs a modern equivalent of the radiogram — the heart of a complete music and video home. entertainment system.

    Techniques Dec 2003
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    Installing A New PC Motherboard: The SOS Guide

    PC Musician

    The beauty of PCs is that they are highly upgradeable. Swapping out your old motherboard for a new one, for example, is a feasible prospect for increasing performance without buying a whole new machine. If you're considering the process, though, there's a lot to bear in mind...

    Techniques Dec 2003
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    Windows iTunes & OS X Updates

    Apple Notes

    There's plenty to investigate in this month's Apple Notes, from the Windows version of iTunes to the latest major update to OS X.

    Techniques Dec 2003
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    Pentium-M Laptop Tests

    PC Notes

    Encouraging results are achieved from testing a new laptop equipped with an Intel Pentium-M processor. Could it become the centre of the PC user's ideal mobile setup?

    Techniques Dec 2003
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    Cutting Edge

    Ultra-low-cost PCs

    Ultra low-cost PC setups are all very well, but can we be sure they'll run everything we need them to? Cutting Edge finds out from personal experience.

    Techniques Nov 2003
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    INTA Audio SOS Workstation

    Music PC System

    INTA Audio's music workstation boasts some of the latest PC technology, including hyperthreading, dual-channel DDR400 memory and Serial ATA, making it one of the fastest systems around.

    Reviews Nov 2003
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    Devising Music PC Test Routines

    PC Musician

    PC paper specifications can vary so much that it's hard to know how one PC compares to another in terms of its performance with real-word audio apps. Hence the need for tests designed just for music PCs...

    Techniques Nov 2003
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    iTunes Music Store

    Apple Notes

    Legal action by The Beatles' Apple Records caused the iTunes Music Store to hit the headlines recently, but there's no denying it has been an instant success that could change the way music is distributed forever. We look at the background to the Music Store and consider its implications for independent musicians.

    Techniques Nov 2003
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    Badged PCs — What's In A Name?

    PC Notes

    Many laptop PCs that bear a specific brand name are not in fact manufactured by the company in question — and that includes some specialist music PCs. But does this really matter to the musician?

    Techniques Nov 2003

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