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    Reducing Computer Boot-up Times

    PC Notes

    This month we examine reliable ways of reducing computer boot-up time, so you don't have to wait ages for your PC to let you get started when you want to make some music.

    Sound Advice Aug 2007
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    Rackmounting Your PC

    PC Musician

    Putting your PC in a rack has a number of advantages. Apart from getting the machine out from under your feet, and making it easier to take on the road in a flightcase, there are security benefits too. Here's how to perform the conversion, and potentially make your PC quieter at the same time.

    Sound Advice Aug 2007
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    Q. What is Microsoft Sound Mapper?

    I use Sound Forge to record on to my laptop, and until very recently it's been working fine — until an...

    Sound Advice Jul 2007
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    Q. Should I use my spare PC as a remote workstation?

    My friend has just built a control room at the rear of his house, and he would like to set up a networked remote...

    Sound Advice Jul 2007
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    Speedier Processors

    PC Notes

    An AMD-Intel price-cutting war spells savings for the consumer on speedy processors. We consider what you should do now if you're in the market for a new CPU, as well as bringing the latest news from the PC music world.

    Sound Advice Jul 2007
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    Q. What's the best way to transfer software to my new PC?

    I have just ordered a new PC, which I am turning into a music-only machine, using software from my old workhorse computer....

    Sound Advice Jun 2007
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    PCI Soundcard Compatibility Issues

    PC Notes

    Your much-loved elderly PCI soundcard may be working perfectly, but might still have to go on the scrapheap if you upgrade your PC. Why? It's all down to the PCI specification and the location of your notches...

    Sound Advice May 2007
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    PC Spring Cleaning

    PC Musician

    Your PC may well be the nerve-centre of your studio, so keeping it in top condition is worth a bit of effort. Read on for the SOS guide to inner and outer PC cleanliness.

    Sound Advice May 2007
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    Re-installing PC Music Software

    PC Notes

    If you ever have to re-install all your software after a PC upgrade, there are tricks that can save you a lot of time, and also help you to be more organised in the future. PC Notes rounds them up, as well as keeping you up to date on Vista compatibility for musicians.

    Sound Advice Apr 2007
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    Q. Do RAM voltages make a difference?

    In your recent article 'Specifying and Building A Dual-core Desktop PC' (printed in SOS February 2007), the RAM chosen was specified for 1.9V. The selected Intel motherboard specifies 1.8V only. Why did this not result in failure to boot up?

    Sound Advice Apr 2007
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    Can You Still Make Music With An Elderly PC?

    PC Musician

    Many of us feel compelled to regularly change our PCs in line with the demands of the latest software. But, depending on our requirements, an older PC may still be more than capable of doing a great job, as PC Musician discovers this month.

    Sound Advice Dec 2006
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    Q. How should I partition my pair of hard drives?

    I'm getting a Core 2 Duo PC with a pair of 250GB Seagate 7200 SATA II hard drives, and I want to know the best way to set...

    Sound Advice Dec 2006
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    Q. Should I get a motherboard with two PCIe x16 slots or more x1 slots?

    I have a MOTU 2408 audio interface and I want to upgrade from the PCI 424 host card to the PCIe 424 model, which is a...

    Sound Advice Oct 2006
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    Q. Should I disable Hyperthreading in my dual-boot XP PC?

    I'm hoping you can help me. I read SOS religiously, having recently ditched subscriptions for other magazines....

    Sound Advice Oct 2006
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    Q. Has anyone tested a PCMCIA to Express Card adaptor with the Emu 1616M, or do PCMCIA to Firewire (or USB 2.0) adaptors exist?

    I'm currently living in Ethiopia and my latest volunteer just brought me a new PC laptop, which I thought would let me...

    Sound Advice Sep 2006
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    Q. Which PC laptop should I buy?

    I'm considering buying a laptop for various audio tasks, including recording school choirs, community music workshops, live...

    Sound Advice Jul 2006
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    Q. How do I lower the latency on my laptop?

    I have been experiencing some big problems with latency whilst trying to use Cubase SX. I would be grateful for any help or advice you can offer me.

    Sound Advice Feb 2006
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    Q. Will my PC run Garritan Personal Orchestra?

    I am very interested in purchasing Garritan Personal Orchestra as reviewed in the October 2004 edition of ...

    Sound Advice May 2005
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    Q. How can I stop audio dropouts when using my laptop live?

    I have a problem that I am tearing my hair out trying to fix. I have a 3.2GHz Pentium 4 laptop with 1GB of RAM, an 80GB...

    Sound Advice Jan 2005
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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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    Readers' Writes

    Replies to more of your emails, letters and faxes.

    People Sep 2004

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