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    New Mac Pros, iMacs & Mac Minis

    Apple Notes

    After much recent speculation concerning Apples desktop trinity, the company quietly made big news this month by unveiling new Mac Pros, iMacs and Mac Minis.

    Techniques May 2009
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    Microsoft Songsmith, AMD Quad-core Processors, Defragmentation

    PC Notes

    Our monthly round-up of news and tips for PC musicians takes in faster AMD quad-core processors, assesses Microsofts innovative Songsmith program, and offers a guide to the mysteries of defragging.

    Techniques May 2009
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    Upgrading MacBook Hard Drives

    Apple Notes

    With the increasing size of audio files and high-quality sample libraries, a Apple MacBook hard drive that seemed capacious just a couple of years ago may now be straining at the seams — but swapping it for a bigger one is easier than you might think.

    Techniques Apr 2009
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    Non-Windows Hard Drives

    PC Notes

    If youre under the impression that installing your audio apps on a non-Windows drive will lead to better performance, youre in for a surprise. Recording audio tracks to such a drive, though, is a different matter...

    Techniques Apr 2009
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    Macworld iLife & iWork

    Apple Notes

    Apple unveiled new versions of iLife and iWork this month during their final MacWorld keynote, along with a new 17-inch MacBook Pro. And, despite the fact that they didnt appear at this years NAMM show for the second year running, support for Apples products has probably never been stronger.

    Techniques Mar 2009
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    Changes & Developments

    PC Notes

    The past year saw some significant developments in the world of PC music. PC Notes looks back over 2008 to assess the changes it brought and turns an eye to what we can expect to be doing in 2009.

    Techniques Mar 2009
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    Musical Applications

    Apple Notes

    With new technology on the horizon, and the growing number of musician-friendly applications appearing on the iPhone, 2009 promises to be another interesting year for Apple audiophiles.

    Techniques Feb 2009
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    Conserve Space; Temporary Files

    PC Notes

    Are you running out of space despite having hard drives of seemingly vast capacity? Temporary junk and duplicated files could be the culprit — and PC Notes can help you search and destroy...

    Techniques Feb 2009
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    Scan Power DAW PC

    Music Computer

    Need more PC power? Then meet the latest offering from Scan — and the fastest PC reviewed in SOS to date.

    Reviews Feb 2009
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    Firewire & New MacBooks

    Apple Notes

    Despite offering powerful new features and an innovative design, Apple's new MacBook and MacBook Pro could pose problems for musicians dependent on Firewire audio interfaces. We consider the good, the bad, and the incompatible.

    Techniques Jan 2009
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    PC Notes

    Plug-in Librarianship

    Many of us put lots of effort into programming or seeking out great sounds and presets for our plug-ins, and amass large libraries. So why do some manufacturers make it so difficult to back up these hard-won assets?

    Techniques Jan 2009
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    Pocket iPhone Studio

    Apple Notes

    As iPhone-mania continues to grip the world, developers have been releasing music-related applications, some of which offer a surprising level of sophistication. Forget the idea of a laptop studio — it's time for the pocket studio!

    Techniques Dec 2008
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    Synergy Audio PC

    Music Computer

    Digital Village enjoy an established reputation for their custom music PCs, and are clearly looking to build upon that with their new Synergy range...

    Reviews Dec 2008
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    CPU Cores

    PC Notes

    If you're shopping for a new CPU, the number of processor cores it has may not be the most important factor in how well it runs your music software. Read on to find out why...

    Techniques Dec 2008
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    Audio MIDI Setup

    Apple Notes

    Audio MIDI Setup is the Mac OS X utility that allows you to set up audio and MIDI devices. This month we're going to delve into the MIDI Devices tab, in order to explain how applications work with the MIDI hardware you've connected to your Mac.

    Techniques Nov 2008
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    How Green Is Your Studio?

    PC Notes

    PC Notes explains the simple measures that can reduce PC power consumption and cut your electricity bills.

    Techniques Nov 2008
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    Troubleshooting Apple OS X Filing System

    Apple Notes

    Knowing where OS X stores important files, such as plug-ins and musically-related drivers, can often be vital when dealing with a misbehaving Mac. This month we go on an expedition through the domains of the OS X filing system...

    Techniques Oct 2008
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    Gigastudio: Where To Now?

    PC Notes

    Where to now for Gigastudio users, following the news that Tascam have discontinued the software's development? PC Notes makes some suggestions.

    Techniques Oct 2008
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    iMac: The First 10 Years

    Apple Notes

    This August represents the tenth anniversary of Apple shipping the original iMac, so we take the opportunity to sit back and reminisce on how Mac technology has changed for musicians over the last decade.

    Techniques Sep 2008
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    Audio Vs MIDI Latency, Online Security

    PC Notes

    Online security, the difference between audio and MIDI latency, and a software world record attempt: all this and more in the latest instalment of PC Notes...

    Techniques Sep 2008
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    Worldwide Developers Conference: Snow Leopard

    Apple Notes

    At the first Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to be billed as a joint event for both Mac and iPhone developers, the iPhone took centre-stage and Apple dropped some breadcrumbs of information regarding the next major version of Mac OS X: Snow Leopard.

    Techniques Aug 2008

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