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    PSP MixTreble; Echo Mia

    PC Notes

    Martin Walker muses on whether there is really any such thing as a bad soundcard, and extends some helpful advice on how to make sure you get the right one for your needs.

    Techniques May 2001
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    Creating Multiple-Booting PC Environments

    Tips & Tricks

    Wouldn't it be nice to have two PCs — one for office or games use and the other optimised for music? As Martin Walker explains, multiple booting may allow you to achieve the same effect without splashing out on a new computer...

    Techniques May 2001
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    Native Instruments Dynamo

    Virtual Instrument

    Paul White explores Dynamo, a remarkable suite of virtual synths and drum machines from Native Instruments, offering all the tonality of their acclaimed Reaktor software, but without the complexity.

    Reviews Apr 2001
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    Bitheadz Phrazer

    Loop Composition Tool

    With its on-the-fly tempo-matching for sample loops, Acid put a new spin on an old way of making music on the PC. Now, at last, there's a similar Mac program. Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser try out Bitheadz' Phrazer.

    Reviews Apr 2001
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    MOTU 8x8 Firewire System

    Apple Notes

    Paul Wiffen reports on some historic developments for Mac musicians, as Apple announce their official support for the mLAN interface standard, and also comes to the rescue of more readers seeking advice.

    Techniques Apr 2001
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    Cost-effective MIDI

    Atari Notes

    If you're looking for a cost-effective way into MIDI music making, the Atari is still a good option, as Derek Johnson explains.

    Techniques Apr 2001
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    Working On Music For Picture

    Net Notes

    The advent of digital television has opened the eyes of many more musicians to the possibility of working on music for picture. John Walden trawls the Net to see what advice is available for those who want to score.

    Techniques Apr 2001
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    Intel Pentium 4

    PC Notes

    Martin Walker looks at Intel's new Pentium 4 processor, and catalogues the Cubase 5.02 update debacle.

    Techniques Apr 2001
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    Using A Second PC As A Standalone MIDI Soft Synth

    Tips & Tricks

    Modern software allows you to turn a spare PC into a synth of sampler that's perfectly tailored to the needs of your studio. Martin Walker tells you how.

    Techniques Apr 2001
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    PC MP3 Software For Musicians

    Buyer's Guide

    Paul Sellars offers some advice on what musicians should look for when choosing Internet audio software, and introduces the best of the current slew of Windows applications.

    Reviews Mar 2001
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    Propellerhead Software Reason

    Virtual Music Studio

    Industrious Swedish company Propellerhead are well known for their virtual instruments, but now they've made an entire software studio. Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser bolt a few virtual devices into the virtual rack...

    Reviews Mar 2001
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    OS X Beta

    Apple Notes

    Paul Wiffen makes the world a safer place for Mac users, by recounting a cautionary tale from his first brush with the OS X Beta, and joins the faithful on their annual pilgrimage to San Francisco MacWorld show.

    Techniques Mar 2001
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    MyAtari Free Online Magazine

    Atari Notes

    Derek Johnson plugs a new, free online magazine for Atari users, and explores a composition tool with an interesting angle on film music production.

    Techniques Mar 2001
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    Expertise On The Web

    Net Notes

    When your studio just won't co-operate and there's no-one to turn to, the pool of knowledge and expertise offered by fellow web users can be a life saver. Chris Carter investigates troubleshooting on the open-all-hours Internet.

    Techniques Mar 2001
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    Software Samplers

    PC Notes

    This month Martin Walker takes software samplers as his theme, offering advice about avoiding glitches when using them with other applications, and bringing news of a forthcoming sampling VST Instrument.

    Techniques Mar 2001
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    Identifying & Solving PC MIDI & Audio Timing Problems

    PC Musician

    Many problems encountered when using PCs to record music are caused by MIDI or audio data not being delivered on time, or by its flow being interrupted. Martin Walker outlines some of the most common causes and symptoms, and tells you how to go about eliminating them.

    Techniques Mar 2001
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    Digidesign's Pro Tools Explained, Part 2

    Tips & Tricks

    Simon Price continues his look at Pro Tools, focusing this month on the software and how it can be used in the studio alongside other MIDI + Audio recording and editing applications.

    Techniques Mar 2001
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    TC Works Mercury 1

    Monophonic Software Synth

    Hardly a week seems to go by without the announcement of another VST instrument, and virtual analogue software synths have been particularly common of late. But when a company like TC Works get involved, it's worth taking notice. Paul Ward plugs in...

    Reviews Feb 2001
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    Wave Mechanics Speed

    AudioSuite Plug-in

    Paul White's fast and furious with the new Wave Mechanics Speed.

    Reviews Feb 2001
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    FXpansion DR005

    Drum Sample Player

    Reflecting the growth in the number of VST Instrument plug-ins, as opposed to those designed purely for processing of effects treatments, established plug-in developers FXpansion have now produced DR005, a 'soft drum machine'. Paul Ward snares a copy...

    Reviews Feb 2001
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    Readers' Problems

    Apple Notes

    This month Paul Wiffen takes up residence as SOS's Apple expert. After relating his own Mac history, he turns Agony Uncle and addresses a few readers' problems...

    Techniques Feb 2001

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