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    Digital Village PC

    Music Computer

    Many UK music technology retailers are now building specialist PCs to order, and Digital Village are no exception. Their Pentium 4 systems promise careful optimisation at a very competitive price.

    Reviews Oct 2002
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    The Truth About Latency: Part 2

    Latency & Latency Jitter: Real-world Tests

    In the second part of our investigation into the real-world delays caused by PC hardware and software, we consider the differences between different MIDI applications and versions of Windows. Are some sequencers really 'tighter' than others?

    Techniques Oct 2002
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    AAS Lounge Lizard EP1

    Modelled Electric Piano Plug-in [PC/Mac]

    Applied Acoustic Systems, known best for their Tassman software synth, have now used their modelling technology to create an electric piano plug-in. But of course, theirs isn't the only one around...

    Reviews Oct 2002
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    By recording the MIDI Note On message (shown here as a clump of negative-going pulses on the bottom trace) and the audio output produced by a synth (top trace), you can measure the time between them. Here it's about 17ms -- at the top of the range for com

    The Truth About Latency: Part 1

    Soft Synth Latency & Latency Jitter: Real-world Tests

    Theoretical figures and manufacturers' measurements may suggest that the latency of your soft synths is negligible — but that's no use if their timing is all over the place when you actually play them. Our real-world results give you the true picture.

    Techniques Sep 2002
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    Waves Native Plug-ins

    PC Notes

    As Intel and AMD continue to push the clock speeds and architectures of PC processors, music software developers are taking advantage of the optimisations possible, as demonstrated by Waves with the latest update to their native plug-ins.

    Techniques Sep 2002
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    Here's a carefully tweaked RIAA de-emphasis curve that's provided by Waves in their collection of Q10 Pre/De-Emphasis presets. Notice the -12dB on the input faders to prevent digital overload.

    Digitising & Restoring Tapes & Records On Your PC

    PC Musician

    A PC with CD burner and soundcard provides the ideal means to preserve old tape recordings or transfer your vinyl collection to CD.

    Techniques Aug 2002
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    Detecting & Resolving PC Hardware Faults

    PC Musician

    Not all PC problems are down to software, and a huge range of difficulties - from occasional glitches to complete system failure - can actually be caused by hardware faults. Here's how to diagnose and cure some of the most common.

    Techniques Jun 2002
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    Apple iMac 800

    Desktop Computer

    Apple's new iMac is as radical in appearance as its predecessor — but how well does it fit into the recording studio?

    Reviews May 2002
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    Windows XP: Is It Suitable For Music?

    PC Musician

    Windows XP is probably the most important PC operating system upgrade since Windows 95, but as always, its new features come at a cost. Should you upgrade your computer? Here's the definitive guide...

    Techniques Feb 2002
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    iPod

    Apple Notes

    On October 25th 2001 Apple released their first non-Mac device for many years, the iPod. Apple Notes spots a vital clue which makes the iPod rather useful to the recording musician, whatever the general consumer makes of it...

    Techniques Jan 2002
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    EMAGIC EXSP24 & EVP73

    Emagic EXSP24 & EVP73 VST Instruments For Mac & PC

    EXS24 and EVP88, two of Emagic's dedicated plug-ins for Logic, are now available in scaled-down form for VST-compatible sequencers. But what has been lost in order to make the instruments work as VST plug-ins?

    Reviews Dec 2001
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    EMAGIC LOGIC AUDIO V5 & LOGIC CONTROL

    Emagic Logic Audio v5 & Logic Control MIDI Audio Sequencer & Hardware Control Surface

    An exclusive first look at Emagic's new Logic Control hardware control surface, and the eagerly awaited Version 5 of Logic - a powerful combination that takes the system to a new level of functionality

    Reviews Dec 2001
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    Native Instruments Absynth

    Stand-alone/Plug-in Software Synth For Mac

    Released last year as a web-only download from Rhizomatic, the ground-breaking Absynth is now part of Native Instruments' product line, and can be used as a VST instrument plug-in.

    Reviews Dec 2001
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    Mac Processor Upgrades

    Tested For Musical Applications

    Upgrading your ageing Mac's processor to extend its useful working life is an appealing concept, and there are plenty of processor upgrades on the market. But what effect do they really have on musical and recording applications? We tested eight of them to find out...

    Techniques Dec 2001
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    TC Works Spark FX Machine

    SE Mac VST Wrapper Utility

    TC Works' neat Mac utility allows you to turn VST plug-ins into sophisticated multi-effects combinations.

    Reviews Dec 2001
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    Islington MacExpo; OS X

    Apple Notes

    The audio side of OS X receives a big boost with the release of the first major update, as does Islington's MacExpo, as Apple themselves decide to attend their first UK show for several years.

    Techniques Dec 2001
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    Cadenza Web Wizard

    Atari Notes

    The useful range of Atari software from Cadenza includes the Web Wizard web site creation tool, and is now free.

    Techniques Dec 2001
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    FXpansion DR-008; SamplerChan

    PC Notes

    Shareware can be just as innovative and feature-packed as its fully commercial equivalent — take FXpansion's ambitious DR-008 sampled/synthesized drum machine, for example...

    Techniques Dec 2001
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    SOUND FORGE V5AUDIO EDITOR FOR PC

    Sonic Foundry Sound Forge v5 Audio Editor For PC

    Sound Forge is a very popular PC audio editor, but users have waited a long time for 24-bit support. Now it's here in version 5, along with a bundle of new features and plug-ins.

    Reviews Nov 2001
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    AKAI AK.SYS

    Akai AKsys v1.7 S5000/S6000 Sampler Management Software For Mac & PC

    Akai introduced AKsys some months ago, providing a USB-driven, computer-based control interface for recent S-series samplers. Now at v1.7, it is becoming indispensible for anyone fed up with managing their samplers via an LCD...

    Reviews Nov 2001
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    Celemony Melodyne

    Audio Manipulation Software For Mac

    Few recent software products have stirred as much interest as Melodyne - a program offering unique pitch, time and formant-processing features, which was created not by one of the major music developers but by a maverick Bavarian musician and his software-designer friend.

    Reviews Nov 2001

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