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    Choosing A Portable PC For Music

    PC Musician

    The attractions of making and recording music on a laptop computer are obvious, but choosinga laptop can involve you in performance compromises and compatibility problems. Here's what you need to consider if you are thinking of going mobile.

    Techniques Oct 2003
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    Apple Soundtrack • AMS Icons

    Apple Notes

    The jungle drums are beating once again this month, as Apple begin shipping G5 Power Macs, and we take a closer look at Soundtrack, Apple's Acid-like loop-based music production tool, which is now available as a stand-alone product.

    Techniques Oct 2003
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    Windows XP Page File

    PC Notes

    It's a fair bet that many Windows XP musicians don't even know they have a page file, let alone where it is or what effect it could have on their recording. We reveal all.

    Techniques Oct 2003
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    Q. Should I use my PC's ACPI mode?

    I've just bought a PC laptop and a MOTU 828. I installed the software and have been using Emagic Logic 5.5. However when I turn off the computer's Advanced Configuration Power Interface (ACPI) it no longer recognises that the 828 is there. Why?

    Sound Advice Oct 2003
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    Cutting Edge

    Silent Music PCs

    In these days of multi-GHz CPUs, the silent music PC is but a memory, drowned out by cooling-fan noise. But we can have the speed without all that racket, according to a German PC manufacturer...

    Techniques Sep 2003
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    Millennium Music Laptop PC

    Portable Music Computer

    The advantages of laptop PCs used to be undermined by lower performance and higher prices. Now, however, machines like Millennium Music's notebook are claimed to offer a reasonably priced, mobile replacement for a desktop PC.

    Reviews Sep 2003
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    Remote Control Options For Music PCs

    PC Musician

    Recording with a computer doesn't mean you are tied to sitting right in front of it. Choose the most suitable remote control possibility and you could regain the freedom of your studio.

    Techniques Sep 2003
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    Mac Processor Upgrades For Music

    Speed Tests

    Processor upgrades are a great idea for making older computers in general household use last longer. But how well does a processor speed boost translate into improved performance in musical applications on older Macintoshes? We find out...

    Techniques Sep 2003
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    Apple G5 • Developer Conference Report

    Apple Notes

    Apple had plenty of surprises at their Developer Conference this year, including new hardware (the G5 Power Macs), and new software (Panther). In this specially extended Apple Notes, we consider the likely effects on the Mac-based musician...

    Techniques Sep 2003
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    Cubase SX: Emulated Driver Problems

    PC Notes

    Could your undesirably high MIDI latency in Cubase SX be the result of unwittingly using an 'emulated' driver? Read on to find out.

    Techniques Sep 2003
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    Q. What disk utilities should I use with Windows XP?

    I've heard that with Windows XP, old versions of Norton Speed Disk do not work and that the latest version of Speed Disk included in Norton Utilities has a number of features removed and is no better, if not worse, than the defrag utility that Windows XP comes with...

    Sound Advice Sep 2003
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    Cutting Edge

    Changes to Windows and PCs

    With big changes afoot for Windows and PCs in the medium term, we get the inside track on what they could mean for musicians.

    Techniques Aug 2003
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    Red Submarine Mini-Sub

    PC Music Workstation

    Does a standard PC take up too much space in your studio? Red Submarine's Mini-Sub system packs all the performance of a full-sized desktop PC into a diminutive Micro-ATX case.

    Reviews Aug 2003
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    Plug-ins Under OS X; Apple Music Store

    Apple Notes

    As the Apple Music Store online music experience is unleashed on an unsuspecting world, we speculate on the reasons for the recent reduction in Powerbook prices and take a look at how plug-ins are faring under OS X.

    Techniques Aug 2003
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    Windows Hardware Engineering Conference

    PC Notes

    We survey developments from the recent Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, which brought to light new information concerning the future of the forthcoming 'Longhorn' version of Windows.

    Techniques Aug 2003
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    Cutting Edge

    Media2Go; Windows Media Centre Edition; NAB

    We investigate two new technologies from Microsoft that could change the way we use audio and video for entertainment; plus, as video becomes more pervasive in the music technology market, we look at some of the latest announcements from NAB.

    Techniques Jul 2003
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    Eliminating PC Audio Glitches

    PC Musician

    Few things are more frustrating than unwanted clicks and pops in your recorded audio. But what are the main causes, and how can they be eliminated?

    Techniques Jul 2003
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    Apple 17-Inch Powerbook

    Laptop Computer

    With the largest screen ever featured on a portable computer, Apple's flagship laptop would be tempting even if it didn't offer lots of musician-friendly features such as versatile connectivity and quiet operation...

    Reviews Jul 2003
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    IDE Drives For Music - RAID Arrays

    Macintosh Speed Tests

    Traditionally, SCSI drives give high sequencer track counts while IDE drives are more affordable but perform less well. Can you obtain better Mac sequencer performance and save money by using multiple IDE drives? We present some evidence...

    Techniques Jul 2003
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    Tweaking Extensions To Boost System Performance

    Apple Notes

    It's history in OS X, but extension management is a subject every OS 9 user has to deal with. Here, we offer some final advice on the subject and see if tweaking extensions really can boost your system's performance.

    Techniques Jul 2003
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    Use Old Computers As Stand-alone FX & Instrument Racks

    PC Notes

    We offer a few suggestions about using your old computers as stand-alone effects and virtual instrument racks, and look at a utility to remap incoming MIDI velocities.

    Techniques Jul 2003

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