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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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    IDE Drives For Music - RAID Arrays

    Macintosh Speed Tests

    Traditionally, SCSI drives give high sequencer track counts while IDE drives are more affordable but perform less well. Can you obtain better Mac sequencer performance and save money by using multiple IDE drives? We present some evidence...

    Techniques Jul 2003
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    Tweaking Extensions To Boost System Performance

    Apple Notes

    It's history in OS X, but extension management is a subject every OS 9 user has to deal with. Here, we offer some final advice on the subject and see if tweaking extensions really can boost your system's performance.

    Techniques Jul 2003
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    Use Old Computers As Stand-alone FX & Instrument Racks

    PC Notes

    We offer a few suggestions about using your old computers as stand-alone effects and virtual instrument racks, and look at a utility to remap incoming MIDI velocities.

    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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    Final Cut Pro; VST To Audio Units

    Apple Notes

    This month saw the first signs of Emagic's technology being used in Final Cut Pro. We also take a look at a utility that allows OS X-compatible VST plug-ins to be converted into Audio Units.

    Techniques Jun 2003
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    Silent PCs; Generic ASIO Driver

    PC Notes

    When Björk sang "it's oh so quiet", she probably wasn't referring to her PC — however, this month we survey the current options in the world of computer silencing, report on the release of a generic ASIO driver for WDM-compatible audio devices, and enjoy Rightmark's Audio Analyser 5.

    Techniques Jun 2003
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    Reliability Of Hard Drives; Innovative Video-related Products

    Cutting Edge

    We look at the reliability of hard drives and investigate some innovative video-related products from Sony, which could soon be commonplace in the audio world.

    Techniques May 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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    Is It Possible To Build A Silent PC?

    PC Musician

    As studio computers get faster, they grow noisier. Is it possible to build a machine that\'s not just quieter than a standard PC, but completely inaudible?

    Techniques May 2003
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    12-inch Powerbook & iBook

    Apple Notes

    Apple's new 12-inch Powerbook seems perfect for musicians who are unable to afford a Titanium, but need something more powerful than an iBook. However, with the 800MHz G3 iBook now available at a new low price, is the extra cost of a Powerbook justified in terms of its performance?

    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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    Mac OS X For Musicians

    What You Need To Know

    The most dramatic overhaul of the Mac OS ever was ignored by most musicians until recently — and rightly, as established music applications and standards no longer run under it. But lately, there have been more and more reasons for musicians to leave OS 9 behind. If you're considering making the switch, read on...

    Techniques Apr 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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    Yamaha Open Plug-in Technology (OPT) • Acousticase • SF2 Library

    PC Notes

    This month we look at why MIDI interfaces aren't always to blame for your MIDI timing problems, and report on the latest news regarding Yamaha's Open Plug-in Technology.

    Techniques Apr 2003
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    Cutting Edge

    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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    Cutting Edge

    File Formats & The Internet

    There are many reasons why the digital delivery of media hasn't replaced traditional physical methods, but could one reason be that files just aren't very collectable?

    Techniques Feb 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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