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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...

    Sound Advice 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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    Alter Vista

    Tweaking Windows Vista For Music

    If you've switched to Vista, or are about to take the plunge, check out our guide to the Vista audio tweaks that work — and those that don't.

    Sound Advice 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.

    Sound Advice 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.

    Sound Advice 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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    Choosing An Audio Interface

    The SOS Buying Guide

    The vast majority of computer-based musicians will need an audio interface, but with so many on the market, it can feel like an impossible task to decide which to buy. You can narrow down the choices significantly with the help of our essential guide.

    Sound Advice 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...

    Sound Advice 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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    Buying A Budget PC For Music

    PC Musician

    Very low-cost PCs with apparently good spec are not hard to come by these days — you can even pick one up at the local supermarket. But not all computers will work well for music and audio, so how do you avoid making a big mistake?

    Sound Advice Aug 2008
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    RAM Limitations

    PC Notes

    Even if you pack your PC with a full 4GB of RAM, you may only be able to access between 3GB and 3.5GB of it, and a single application is normally limited to using just 2GB. We explain why, and what you may be able to do about it...

    Sound Advice Aug 2008
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    Mac Pro + RAID = Better Audio Performance

    Apple Notes

    This month we consider the return of Power PC processor technology to Apple, and also investigate how adding Apple's RAID card to the latest Mac Pro can improve audio performance.

    Techniques Jul 2008
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    The End Of Windows XP

    PC Notes

    The newly released Service Pack 3 will be the last one ever issued for Windows XP — and XP itself is due to go 'off the market' at the end of June. Are there any implications for the thousands of XP-using musicians out there?

    Sound Advice Jul 2008
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    Apple Mac Pro: How Powerful Is It?

    Apple Notes

    The current top-end Mac Pro offers so much power that some audio software is playing catch-up just to be able to make use of it all. But how much power? We run some tests to find out.

    Techniques Jun 2008
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    Audio Clicks and Pops

    PC Notes

    Clicks or pops in your audio? The cause may be hardware devices taking more than their share of interrupt time. Now there's a utility that checks for this, and a PC Notes survey amassing results that could help you track down the source of your problems.

    Sound Advice Jun 2008
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    Revamped MacBooks & MacBook Pros; iPhone SDK

    Apple Notes

    There's no lack of new Apple products to discuss this month, with a revamp of the company's portable line of MacBooks and MacBook Pros, and the iPhone SDK that will enable developers to create applications for what Apple hope will become the next significant platform.

    Techniques May 2008
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    Solve Latency Problems

    PC Notes

    The focus this month is on checking and improving the performance of your PC, with a new benchmark test just released and news of a useful tool that could help you pin down the source of latency-related problems.

    Sound Advice May 2008
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    Why Won't 32-bit Plug-ins Work In 64-bit Apps?

    Apple Notes

    Have you ever wondered why Power PC plug-ins can't run in Intel applications, or why your 32-bit plug-ins won't work in 64-bit applications of the future? Apple Notes explains all.

    Techniques Apr 2008
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    Happy Birthday Vista: How Was It For You?

    PC Notes

    Vista's now a year old — but is it loved or loathed by musicians?

    Sound Advice Apr 2008
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    New Mac Pro & MacBook Air

    Apple Notes

    As weeks go, the first couple in January were pretty good for new Mac hardware, with Apple introducing updated Mac Pros and Xserves, along with a new stunningly thin MacBook. We dissect the potential of Apple's new offerings with a musician-shaped scalpel.

    Techniques Mar 2008

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