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    Stopping Hackers

    PC Notes

    Most of us assume that only big businesses and financial institutions will fall victim to hackers, but the reality is that someone could be attempting to invade your personal computer right now. Martin Walker tries to make the world safer for PC users.

    Techniques Aug 2001
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    Choosing & Installing PC Soundcards

    PC Musician

    Martin Walker offers some practical advice on choosing soundcards that will work in modern PCs without falling foul of chipset or driver compatibility problems.

    Sound Advice Aug 2001
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    BRIGHT SPARK?

    TC Works Spark XL v2 Mac Audio Editor

    Version 2 of TC Works' Spark XL stereo audio editing software offers several unique new features and a very fast new Virtual File Engine that should speed up the operation of the program with large files. Paul White fires it up...

    Reviews Jul 2001
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    ELECTRIC AVENUE

    Emagic EVP88 Electric Piano Virtual Instrument Plug-In For Logic Audio

    More and more vintage hardware instruments are now being modelled as virtual instrument plug-ins. With EVP88, Emagic have turned their attention to electric pianos, producing a Logic-only plug-in which models several different piano types. Paul White discovers that the tines they are a-changin'...

    Reviews Jul 2001
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    Mac OS X

    Apple Notes

    There are dark mutterings against Steve Jobs on planes, trains and automobiles, as Paul Wiffen continues to struggle with phantom crashes and difficult reboots of OS9.1 since installing OS X on his computer...

    Techniques Jul 2001
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    Compatible Drives

    Atari Notes

    Your Atari can connect to loads of peripherals you might not expect it to be able to use, including removable hard drives, DVD-RAM drives, and CD writers. Derek Johnson plugs in.

    Techniques Jul 2001
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    NET NOTES

    Songwriting Resources Online

    Want to write really great songs, sell millions of records and discover that money can't buy you happiness? There are plenty of sites on the web that aim to help you be a better songwriter, but there's also a lot of worthless rubbish out there. Sam Inglis tries not to waste too much time...

    Techniques Jul 2001
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    Configuring Your PC

    PC Notes

    Like a phoenix from the ashes, Martin Walker's PC rises once again, in a new (and hopefully more robust) configuration.

    Techniques Jul 2001
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    Audio Recording Using A PC Soundcard

    Basic Principles

    As with any recording system, the first goal of recording on a PC is to preserve as faithful a copy of the source sound as possible. Achieving this, however can be a complicated business. Martin Walker goes back to basics.

    Techniques Jul 2001
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    Ear Training: Improving Your Musical Skills

    Practical Tips & Techniques

    Ear training - learning to intuitively recognise note intervals, chords and progressions, and even absolute pitches - is something that many musicians could benefit from, although few actually attempt it. Richard Leon explains the skills involved, and rounds up some software which can help you improve in this area.

    Techniques Jul 2001
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    Emagic Waveburner Pro

    Audio CD-writing Software For Mac

    Emagic's Waveburner CD-writing package has grown to incorporate new editing features and powerful plug-in support, but retains its intuitive user interface. Paul White tests the new, improved version.

    Reviews Jun 2001
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    SUPER SONAR

    Cakewalk Sonar digital multitrack recording system for PC

    Cakewalk's Pro Audio range is one of the most widely used sequencers in the PC world, but their latest package has a new name and a new image, as well as lots of new features. Martin Walker tries out Sonar.

    Reviews Jun 2001
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    MacOS X

    Apple Notes

    With a new computer, pumped-up RAM, and a copy of the release version of MacOS X, Paul Wiffen is all set to take you through the first stages of using the new operating system for music — though the only music going on so far is solo organ!

    Techniques Jun 2001
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    Dr T's MIDI-Ax

    Atari Notes

    Derek Johnson experiences the weirdness that is Dr T's, in the shape of MIDI-Ax, and helps out a reader who wants to use his Atari as a dedicated TX7 editor.

    Techniques Jun 2001
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    NET NOTES

    Studio wiring

    Studio wiring may not be the most fascinating of subjects, but a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to sorting out cable-related problems. Martin Walker rounds up the best of the wired web.

    Techniques Jun 2001
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    Computer Hassles

    PC Notes

    Martin Walker has had more than his fair share of computer hassles recently, including exploding monitors, audio glitches, and the mysterious death of Word...

    Techniques Jun 2001
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    Ahead Software Feurio!

    Audio CD-Burning Software

    Martin Walker evaluates a program that bridges the gap between the limitations of typical bundled CD-writing packages and fully fledged audio editors.

    Reviews May 2001
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    Emagic Sound Diver 3

    Universal MIDI Editor/Librarian

    Paul White looks beneath the surface of Sound Diver 3 to discover an immensely powerful and flexible patch editor and librarian system.

    Reviews . May 2001
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    Frankfurt Launches For Apple Musicians

    Apple Notes

    Paul Wiffen has a sleep problem, sees the mLAN light, and rounds up the best of the Frankfurt launches for Apple musicians.

    Techniques May 2001
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    Cross Platform

    Atari Notes

    If you're an Atari owner who would also like to work with other computers, you may not have to lose access to your favourite Atari applications. Derek Johnson offers some platform-crossing suggestions.

    Techniques May 2001
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    Tonos.com: Musicians Collaborating Online

    Net Notes

    With music professionals at the helm and software from Emagic, Tonos.com is another way for musicians to collaborate online. Mark Wherry makes some connections.

    Techniques May 2001

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