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    Windows XP Media Center

    Cutting Edge

    With the release in the UK of XP Media Center Edition, Microsoft aim to make Windows PCs a modern equivalent of the radiogram — the heart of a complete music and video home. entertainment system.

    Techniques Dec 2003
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    Installing A New PC Motherboard: The SOS Guide

    PC Musician

    The beauty of PCs is that they are highly upgradeable. Swapping out your old motherboard for a new one, for example, is a feasible prospect for increasing performance without buying a whole new machine. If you're considering the process, though, there's a lot to bear in mind...

    Techniques Dec 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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    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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    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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    Specifying A PC For Your Needs

    PC Musician

    You know what you want your computer to be capable of. So how do you decide what combination of CPU, memory and hard drives will make this possible?

    Techniques Jun 2003
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    The Musician's Guide To PCI Slots & Interrupts

    Hitting The Slot

    Which PCI slots you use for your expansion cards can make the difference between a music computer that runs flawlessly and one plagued by clicks, pops, crackles and interference.

    Techniques May 2003
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    Installing Memory

    PC Notes

    Installing more memory in your computer is a seemingly easy task, yet there can be so many issues to bear in mind that are often overlooked.

    Techniques May 2003
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    Speeding Up Windows

    Improving Windows Performance For Music

    Whatever version of Windows you're running, the chances are you can streamline it with a few simple tweaks.

    Techniques Apr 2003
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    Microsoft Smart Display

    When you launch a new product, it's always best to have a clear message. You buy a dishwasher because you hate washing up, you buy a car because you can't walk 20 miles to work, or wait for the bus that comes once a week; and you buy a Microsoft Smart Display because, um...

    People Mar 2003
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    Partitioning PC Hard Drives For Multi-boot Systems

    PC Musician

    As hard drive sizes rise into the hundreds of Gigabytes, it's crucial to consider the benefits that partitioning can bring.

    Techniques Mar 2003
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    Windows' Multi-user Accounts

    PC Notes

    We look at how Windows' multi-user accounts can be used as a potential alternative to setting up different versions of Windows on multiple partitions.

    Techniques Mar 2003
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    Windows XP One Year On

    PC Musician

    It's been 12 months since we first evaluated Windows XP as a music platform, and it now seems to be the OS of choice for most manufacturers. So should musicians who have been holding back now take the plunge and upgrade?

    Techniques Feb 2003
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    For burning audio CDs on a PC, the more advanced pre-mastering applications like Steinberg's Wavelab not only provide a huge number of editing and track-indexing functions for adding the final polish to your tracks, but also graphic real-time track fades

    Getting Better Performance From Your CD Drives

    PC Musician

    Cheap, writable optical media have revolutionised the way PC users store audio and back up their data. However, setting up your CD-R/W drives and persuading them to work at their best can be more complicated than it seems...

    Techniques Jan 2003
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    MIDIJoys can convert a game joystick, mouse, trackball or trackpad into a dual-axis MIDI controller.

    Using A Games Joystick As A MIDI Controller

    PC Notes

    We transform the humble and inexpensive games joystick into a simple but effective MIDI controller, and find a word processor that will have minimum impact on the clean music partition of your PC.

    Techniques Jan 2003
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