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    Crawly Crypt

    Atari Notes

    Derek Johnson explores a way of creating exotic tunings with your Atari, and recommends a fresh source of shareware and freeware.

    Techniques Feb 2001
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    ADSL

    Net Notes

    An ADSL telephone line can improve the speed and convenience of Internet access enormously; and it needn't cost the earth. Dave Shapton passes on his experiences of the new technology.

    Techniques Feb 2001
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    Eradicate PC Noise

    PC Notes

    Martin Walker buys a new quiet hard drive for audio and looks into ways to eradicate any remaining noise, for a silent PC.

    Techniques Feb 2001
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    Windows 2000 — Designed With Musicians In Mind?

    PC Musician

    Microsoft's latest operating system, although primarily designed for business and network systems, seems to offer many features that are attractive to musicians, including greater stability and support for dual-processor machines. But is there enough software support to make upgrading worthwhile? Martin Walker investigates.

    Techniques Feb 2001
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    Digidesign's Pro Tools Explained, Part 1

    Tips & Tricks

    Simon Price begins a three-part series designed to demystify that staple of modern music production, Pro Tools. This month, he looks at the various components that make up Digidesign's systems.

    Techniques Feb 2001
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    Optimising G-series Macs Powerbooks, iMacs & iBooks, Part 4

    Tips & Tricks

    Paul Wiffen concludes his investigation into reliable means of audio interfacing on new-style Macintoshes when the traditional PCI card route is not available to you. This month, he tests two more USB audio-only interfaces, and reaches some definitive conclusins about Tascam's US428 MIDI and audio interface.

    Techniques Feb 2001
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    Ntonyx Style Morpher 2.4

    MIDI Arrangement Software

    Many of you were caught out by our 1995 April Fool preview of a fictitious piece of software that could modify the musical style of a MIDI file to create specific emotions in the listener. Now, however, it seems that fact may have caught up with fiction. Martin Walker tries out Ntonyx's innovative Style Morpher.

    Reviews Jan 2001
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    VM (Virtual Memory) Demystified

    Apple Notes

    Vic Lennard signs-off as SOS Apple Notes columnist with a look at VM.

    Techniques Jan 2001
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    New Beat Ace; Mario Becroft

    Atari Notes

    A Swedish soft synth is on the way, a New Zealand developer plans to introduce the Atari to the wonders of Ethernet, and US company Dr T's finest hour becomes shareware. Derek Johnson goes global.

    Techniques Jan 2001
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    MPTEG4 Specification; Multicasting

    Net Notes

    Dave Shapton explores part of the MPTEG4 specification: Structured Audio, which allows music to be streamed with absolotely no loss of quality at extremely low data-rates. Is this the way that all media will be encoded in the future?

    Techniques Jan 2001
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    How To Clear Out Drivers; Utilities And Registry Entries

    PC Notes

    Martin Walker explains how to clear out all the drivers, utilities and Registry entries associated with an old, discussed soundcard, leaving you with a clean machine in which to install your new, upgraded hardware.

    Techniques Jan 2001
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    Making Music With Laptop PCs

    Tips & Tricks

    The idea of a virtually silent, compact and portable PC recording workstation has obvious attractions, and it is possible to build such a system around a laptop PC. Martin Walker explains the options available and how to avoid some of the many potential pitfalls.

    Techniques Jan 2001
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    Optimising G-series Macs Powerbooks, iMacs & iBooks, Part 3

    Tips & Tricks

    Having explained some of the audio and MIDI interfacing problems facing owners of new-style Macs, Paul Wiffen looks at practicalities, testing one USB MIDI and one USB MIDI + Audio interface to see what pitfalls await the unwary...

    Techniques Jan 2001
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    Using An Optically Connected Multi-channel Digital Setup

    Wix Wicken: Songs And Visions

    The spread of the ADAT 8-channel optical digital interface to studio equipment of all kinds has raised the prospect of a revolution in multitrack digital recording. Self-confessed digital evangelist (amd Korg UK product specialist) Paul Wiffen explains how the optical digital interface and several fibreglass cables made keyboard session player Wix Wickens' life easier at last year's prestigious Songs and Visions concert at Wembley.

    Techniques Feb 1998
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    Metalithic Systems Digital Wings

    Audio PC Recording System

    Multi-channel PC soundcards are arriving in droves, but this one is rather different, and incorporates a potential 128 tracks, using unique hardware technology. Martin Walker channels his efforts.

    Reviews . Feb 1998
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    Waves Maxxbass

    Bass Enhancement Plug-in

    Paul White takes it to the max with Waves' latest plug-in.

    Reviews . Feb 1998
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    CreamWare T-DAT 16

    Multitrack Recording System

    This tasty new system finds simultaneous 16-track recording a piece of cake, and throws CD burning and a host of other features into the pot too. Janet Harniman-Cook pulls up a chair and tucks in...

    Reviews . Feb 1998
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    Sonic Foundry Acoustic Modeler

    DirectX Plug-in

    If you want to recreate the sound of a particular hall or studio live room, why not capture its essence and then use this to treat your music? Sonic Foundry's new software makes it all possible. Martin Walker samples the results.

    Reviews . Jan 1998
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    DUY Digital Audio Plug-ins

    Software Plug-ins

    Paul White tries out a new range of European software plug-ins with stylish interfaces and innovative features.

    Reviews . Jan 1998
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    Emagic Logic Audio v3.0

    MIDI Audio Sequencer

    The latest version of this popular audio sequencer sees Emagic's answer to competitor Steinberg's VST built-in effects. But there's rather more to this significant upgrade than that, as Paul White reports.

    Reviews . Jan 1998
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    Chips With Everything

    PC Musician Hardware Update

    If you thought the MMX processor was still the last word in new technology, prepare to boldly go where your PC has never gone before. Martin Walker looks at the many new families of PC chips, and explains their relevance to the musician.

    Sound Advice Jan 1998

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