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    Using Your Graphics Card To Process Plug-ins

    PC Notes

    If your PC struggles to run the plug-ins you want to use, how about shifting some of the load to its graphics card?

    Sound Advice Oct 2009
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    Q. Which CPU meter should I believe?

    I have a PC with a Q6600 quad‑core processor running Cubase 4, and despite clicking on the Cubase 'Multi Processing' switch,...

    Sound Advice Oct 2009
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    Mac News & Tips

    Apple Notes

    While music software interfaces still lag behind hardware in the tweakability stakes, theres a lot we can do to improve that situation with Mac OSs built-in features.

    Techniques Sep 2009
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    Increase Productivity; DiffMerge

    PC Notes

    This month, Martin Walker checks out ways to speed up your computer and investigates this curious DiffMerge thingamebob...

    Sound Advice Sep 2009
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    Developer Conference; Mac Musicians

    Apple Notes

    We round up the latest from the Apple Developers Conference and the implications for Mac musicians.

    Techniques Aug 2009
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    Drive Backup Solutions

    PC Notes

    We address a few common PC music questions and introduce the best software solutions for drive backup.

    Sound Advice Aug 2009
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    Future Of The Music Industry?

    Apple Notes

    News, tips and advice for Mac-based musicians.

    Techniques Jul 2009
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    Will Gigasampler Make A Comeback?

    PC Notes

    The Giga sampling platform may be coming back from the dead, with the news that developer Gary Garritan has acquired it from Tascam. PC Notes reports.

    Sound Advice Jul 2009
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    PC Upgrade

    PC Notes

    If youve built your own music PC in the last couple of years, you might now be finding that aspects of it need upgrading. PC Notes offers some advice.

    Sound Advice Jun 2009
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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.

    Sound Advice 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...

    Sound Advice 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.

    Sound Advice 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...

    Sound Advice 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?

    Sound Advice Jan 2009
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    Q. How do I interpret software system requirements?

    My PC is a few years old now, but I'm keen to try out some recent soft synths and other audio applications. However, I'm not...

    Sound Advice 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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