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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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