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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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