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    PC Notes

    More PC News, Tools & Guidance

    You might think you can hear that one sequencer sounds better than another, but are you fooling yourself? Your PC can help you find out. But first, if you're thinking of building a new computer, read on...

    Techniques Jan 2008
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    GarageBand

    Apple Notes

    GarageBand is perhaps the most successful entry-level music software ever created, and this month we take a closer look at the latest version supplied with iLife '08.

    Techniques Dec 2007
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    Direct Resolution Studio Plus

    Audio PC

    The Direct Resolution Studio Plus is a high-performance, low-noise audio PC that enjoys a cheaper price tag than many of its competitors. Interested? Read on...

    Reviews Dec 2007
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    Bit Transparency

    PC Notes

    Your digital audio's passage through the PC may not leave it unscathed: even if you avoid Windows performing sample-rate conversion behind the scenes, other factors can compromise 'bit transparency'. We explain.

    Techniques Dec 2007
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    iMac Developments

    Apple Notes

    Apple renewed their commitment to music this month, both for those who listen to it and those who create it. We examine the latest developments, and take a more detailed look at the new iMac, which could offer enough power to be considered more than just an entry-level machine.

    Techniques Nov 2007
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    Resolving VST Plug-in Conflicts

    PC Notes

    Have you ever had a VST plug-in 'go missing' when you've installed an update, or conflict with another that's been newly added to your system? PC Notes explains why it happens and offers some solutions.

    Techniques Nov 2007
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    New iMac, GarageBand, iWork & Mac Mini

    Apple Notes

    A recent Apple special event saw the launch of a new iMac, a new version of GarageBand and a new iWork suite — plus a new Mac Mini is waiting in the wings. Read on for more...

    Techniques Oct 2007
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    PC Notes

    Avoiding Virus Checker Problems

    Many of us need to regularly use virus checkers, but we don't want them interfering with PC music performance. Fortunately, there are ways to make sure that doesn't happen.

    Techniques Oct 2007
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    Apple Macbook Pro

    17-inch Laptop Computer

    Apple's 17-inch Macbook Pro has both attracted and put off potential purchasers because of its size. But, with a new higher-resolution display and the latest mobile technology, is it now a must for those seeking the best in laptop performance?

    Reviews Sep 2007
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    Music-related Widgets

    Apple Notes

    Widgets are everywhere, from the new iPhone to Macs running OS X Tiger. But while the iPhone is picky about the Widgets it will run, your Mac is open to a world of musically-related Widget curiosities...

    Techniques Sep 2007
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    Multi-core Processing & Vista Performance

    PC Notes

    Will you notice a big improvement in software performance if you switch to a multi-core processor? And will performance suffer if you switch to Windows Vista? Find the answers to these and many other questions in this month's PC Notes...

    Techniques Sep 2007
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    Leopard: What Does It Offer Musicians?

    Apple Notes

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs outlined many visually interesting features this month for the next major version of OS X. However, it's perhaps the features that lurk beneath Leopard's glossy exterior that will prove the most useful to Mac-based musicians and audio engineers.

    Techniques Aug 2007
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    Reducing Computer Boot-up Times

    PC Notes

    This month we examine reliable ways of reducing computer boot-up time, so you don't have to wait ages for your PC to let you get started when you want to make some music.

    Techniques Aug 2007
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    Mac: Installing A MIDI Interface

    Apple Notes

    Installing a MIDI interface to work with your Mac should be an easy task, but what happens if it doesn't want to play ball? Apple Notes is here to help.

    Techniques Jul 2007
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    Rain Recording Nimbus PC

    Quad Core Music Computer

    This Rain Recording model is the fastest PC ever reviewed in SOS, and also one of the quietest. Let's take a closer look...

    Reviews Jul 2007
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    Speedier Processors

    PC Notes

    An AMD-Intel price-cutting war spells savings for the consumer on speedy processors. We consider what you should do now if you're in the market for a new CPU, as well as bringing the latest news from the PC music world.

    Techniques Jul 2007
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    Mac Hardware & Software

    Apple Notes

    Despite a slow start to the year with regard to Mac-related news from Apple, there's been no shortage of Mac hardware and software announcements recently.

    Techniques Jun 2007
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    Spyware Doctor; Cubase 4's Preset Management; Golden ASET

    PC Notes

    Cubase 4's new preset-management system falls under the PC Notes spotlight this month, as does an update to a recommended spyware-protection utility and an eye-catching yet cost-effective soft synth...

    Techniques Jun 2007
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    Xserve For Music?

    Apple Notes

    This month we take a look at Apple's Xserve as a platform for music and audio production, and continue creating a custom music-controlled 'visualisation' with Quartz Composer.

    Techniques May 2007
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    PCI Soundcard Compatibility Issues

    PC Notes

    Your much-loved elderly PCI soundcard may be working perfectly, but might still have to go on the scrapheap if you upgrade your PC. Why? It's all down to the PCI specification and the location of your notches...

    Techniques May 2007
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    Quartz Composer: OS X's Hidden Gem

    Apple Notes

    While Mac users continue to wait in anticipation for new Mac hardware and software, we explore a really neat application you might not realise you even own, which lets you create your own MIDI- and audio-based visual performances.

    Techniques Apr 2007

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