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    Cheaper G5 • iBook Revisions

    Apple Notes

    There's no shortage of Apple news this month, including the release of new versions of Logic, a revision to the iBook line and a new, cheaper G5 model.

    Techniques Dec 2004
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    Q. What should I look for in a PC for music?

    I'm a DJ who's looking to get into the production side of things (house and techno). I was going to opt for a PC over Mac. What should I be looking for in terms of processor speed, memory, soundcard and so on?

    Sound Advice Dec 2004
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    Avoiding PCI Problems

    PC Notes

    The PCI standard has more ins and outs than you might be aware of. We attempt to sort them out, as well as highlight a problem that can cause software authorisations to expire before their time.

    Techniques Dec 2004
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    PowerBook Power; New iMac; OS X Tips

    Apple Notes

    We discuss Apple's brand-new iMac, investigate how much power a musician can really expect from the latest Powerbooks, and explain how to save some hard disk space when installing Mac OS X.

    Techniques Nov 2004
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    Solving Computer Audio Problems

    Banish Them For Good

    Many of the unwanted hums, clicks, and whirrs that compromise the performance of your computer studio are nothing to do with software. We take a look at what causes them, and how to banish them for good!

    Techniques Nov 2004
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    Investigating Core Audio Performance Under Mac OS X

    The Ins & Outs Of X

    In recent months, SOS's online Mac Music forum has highlighted the difficulty with achieving the same number of channels of audio I/O under Mac OS X and Logic that were possible under OS 9. We investigate the problems and provide some solutions.

    Techniques Nov 2004
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    Should Musicians Install XP Service Pack 2?

    PC Notes

    The Windows XP Service Pack 2 is out, and it offers valuable bug fixes as well as enhanced Internet security measures. But as reports of a few audio-related problems surface, should musicians go ahead and install it?

    Techniques Nov 2004
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    Linux Jack Sound Server Ported To OS X

    Apple Notes

    The Jack low-latency sound server has been ported to OS X from Linux. We discuss its background and implications.

    Techniques Oct 2004
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    PC Music Shareware Roundup

    PC Musician

    Shareware might be cheap, but it can also make you very cheerful. We round up some of the best of the current PC music shareware scene.

    Techniques Oct 2004
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    Incurable PC Soundcard Stuttering?

    PC Notes

    We investigate an obscure PC parameter that may be responsible for some otherwise 'incurable' soundcard stuttering problems.

    Techniques Oct 2004
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    OS X Tiger; Cinema Displays; New iPods

    Apple Notes

    New Cinema Displays, a new operating system upgrade, and a new iPod revision — all in this month's Apple Notes column.

    Techniques Sep 2004
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    Crosstalk

    Readers' Writes

    Replies to more of your emails, letters and faxes.

    People Sep 2004
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    Music PCs: Manufacturers' Round Table

    PC Musician

    Buying a music computer from a specialist builder is an increasingly popular option for the PC musician. We rounded up some of the leading names in music PCs to find out exactly what they offer.

    Sound Advice Sep 2004
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    New Intel Chipsets: Good For Musicians?

    PC Notes

    Intel's latest chipsets are finding their way into new PCs — but do they offer any advantages to the computer musician?

    Techniques Sep 2004
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    Faster G5s • Wireless Music

    Apple Notes

    Apple finally announced faster Power Mac G5 models this month, along with a new wireless music technology for use with iTunes — plus the long-awaited opening of the iTunes Music Store in the UK.

    Techniques Aug 2004
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    Using Mac OS 10.3 For Music

    Panther OS X

    Mac OS 10.3 (Panther) has been with us a few months, and has been dissected and evaluated to destruction in the mainstream computer press — but just how useful are its new features for Mac-based musicians and engineers?

    Techniques Aug 2004
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    Clean Up Your Windows Registry

    PC Notes

    Even if you've cleaned out all references to old hardware from your Windows registry, it's a fair bet that it is not quite as spick and span as it could be. Housekeeping tasks and installations leave behind their own trail of junk, but fortunately it can be removed. Find out how...

    Techniques Aug 2004
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    Technical Support & How To Avoid It

    Diagnostic Guidelines For Self-starters

    Why does software always crash irrecoverably when you are at your busiest? And why are technical support lines unable to help you when you need them most? We offer some advice on how to avoid phoning them in the first place...

    Techniques Aug 2004
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    Backup Strategies For The PC Musician

    PC Musician

    It has almost certainly happened to you at some time — a crash or a damaged or deleted file that takes days of music with it. If you don't want it to happen again, read on...

    Techniques Aug 2004
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    MIDI Config Problems In OS X • GarageBand Update

    Apple Notes

    The launch of Mac OS 10.4, codenamed Tiger, is just around the corner, but in the meantime there's the 1.1 update of GarageBand to be going on with. We reveal the improvements, as well as investigate MIDI configuration problems in OS X.

    Techniques Jul 2004
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    Longhorn & Harbal

    PC Notes

    The Harbal EQ-matching program benefits from some worthwhile tweaks. We report them, and discuss some new information about Longhorn: the next incarnation of the Windows OS.

    Techniques Jul 2004

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