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LINK 83: 2009 PC NOTES COLUMNS

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:02 pm

JAN 2009: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/jan09/articles ... s_0109.htm

Plug-in Librarianship - why do so many software developers make it difficult to back up our own presets?

Saving Sounds For Posterity - gathering your FXP/FXB presets and application-specific presets together.

Location, Location, Location - categorised subfolders, flexible software such as AudioEase & Reaktor.

So Where Are My Sounds? - where to find the hidden presets ticked away in your Windows partition.

Windows 7: A Vista Vision - avoiding compatibility problems, release dates, trigger-started Services may benefit musicians...

Plug-in Spotlight - Musicrow Magic Vox VST Instrument.


FEB 2009: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/feb09/articles ... s_0209.htm

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...

Spacemonger 2.1 - mini-review, how to discover what proportion of your hard drives are used for differing filetypes.

WinDirStat - mini-review, using it to spot which folders host the highest proportion of your drive space.

Attack Of The Clones - the problems of duplicated files, Easy Duplicate Finder, Duplicate Photo Finder, Duplicate MP3 Finder

Intel Core i7 & X58 Revealed - new Nehalem processor range and its specific benefits for musicians.

Final USB3 Spec Published - Superspeed USB, optical connectors to cure ground loop problems, extra power per socket, and likely delivery dates.
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March 2009 PC Notes Column

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:04 pm

MAR 2009: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/mar09/articles ... s_0309.htm

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.

Stop The PC, I Want To Get Off! - dual to quad to octo core processors, climbing off the upgrade bandwagon, hard drive capacity increases, Windows Vista, DPC Latency Survey...

Music On The Increase - music queries increase on SOS Forums, the many tasks of the PC Musician...

Software Spotlight - Bome MIDI Translator

Batteries Included - replacing older PC components that finally wear out, how to replace motherboard batteries.
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April 2009 PC Notes Column

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:14 pm

APR 2009: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/apr09/articles ... s_0409.htm

If you’re under the impression that installing your audio apps on a non-Windows drive will lead to better performance, you’re in for a surprise. Recording audio tracks to such a drive, though, is a different matter...

Audio Applications - the best place to install them, and why

Spreading The Load - where to store audio tracks, sample libraries, RAID & non-RAID

Trans-partition Trickery - sharing a vstplugins folder across a multiple Windows boot setup.

WaveRT News - audio host applications that support this format, and available drivers.

Edrum Monitor - mini-review, and the end of false drum pad triggering.
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May 2009 PC Notes Column

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:04 pm

MAY 2009: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/may09/articles ... s_0509.htm

Our monthly round-up of news and tips for PC musicians takes in faster AMD quad-core processors, assesses Microsoft’s innovative Songsmith program, and offers a guide to the mysteries of defragging.

Phenomenal Power? - AMD Phenom II CPUs discussed

Microsoft Songsmith - mini-review and the cheesiest video commercial.

The Songsmith Installation Saga - what to watch out for and avoid.

Sing It Back - serious Songsmith uses for musicians.

Defragging Tips - the basics, 'behind the scenes' utilities, audio performance.
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June 2009 PC Notes Column

Postby Martin Walker » Fri May 22, 2009 2:29 pm

JUNE 2009: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/jun09/articles ... s_0609.htm

If you’ve 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.

The 'Apple Tax' - more aggressive Microsoft advertising, cut-throat PC pricing, worrying implications for DAW builders.

Upgrading The SOS DIY PC - upgrade options available for the dual-core version, including RAM and CPU.

DIY Budget PC Recommendations - green and non-green CPU options, suggested motherboards.

Core Blimey - Core i7 recommendations, including CPU, motherboard, and RAM.

Husserl Sapphire Edition - mini-review of this impressive Reaktor-based polyphonic step sequencer.

PC Piracy News - Prosoniq cease PC development, Microsoft 'zero day piracy protection'.
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July 2009 PC Notes Column

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:11 pm

JULY 2009: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/jul09/articles ... s_0709.htm

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.

Gary Garritan's Surprise Announcement - the Giga Technology assets, early involvement, Gigaharp, new Giga-format sample libraries.

Partition Master - the reasons for splitting hard drives, Partition Magic and its current limitations, the EASEUS alternative.

Windows 7 - out for Christmas?

Which Plug-in sounds better? - Christian Budde’s ABX Test.
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August 2009 PC Notes Column

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:41 pm

AUGUST 2009: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/aug09/articles ... s_0809.htm

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

Hard Drive Choices for the Musician - 7200rpm vs 10,1000rpm, relevance of cache size, RAID...

DriveImage XML - mini-review of free imaging utility.

PC Snippets - Intel World Domination, AMD's Turkish Delight, Shrinking Vista.
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September 2009 PC Notes Column

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:46 pm

SEPTEMBER 2009: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/sep09/articles ... s_0909.htm

PC Music News, Tips & Advice

Music PCs Are Magic - Arthur C. Clarke, how things started, and how many take things for granted today.

Increasing PC Productivity - working methods, slimming, Windows Tweaks, song templates...

DiffMerge - using this freeware utility to distinguish between various versions of the same text file or document.

Windows 7 - Release Announced
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October 2009 PC Notes Column

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:58 pm

OCTOBER 2009: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/oct09/articles ... s_1009.htm

Using Your Graphics Card To Process Plug-ins

NVidia GPU Chip - using it like DSP hardware from companies such as Focusrite, TC Electronic and Universal Audio.

Convolution Revolution - CUDA programming language, LiquidSonics & Acustica Audio plug-ins that utilise it.

Directory Report - mini-review of this versatile utility and its application to musicians.

PC Snippets - Windows 8 Browser Ballot, Last Chance To Upgrade SOS PC.
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November 2009 PC Notes Column

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:03 pm

NOVEMBER 2009: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/nov09/articles ... s_1109.htm

Intel’s new i5 and i3 CPUs

Intel's Forthcoming Products - Lynnfield Core i5

Core Blimey - recap on the Core i7 range, initial Core i5 models, new P55 support chip, pricing...

Temporary File Problems - applications inexplicably failing to run, problems updating drivers...

PC Snippets - Windows Winner (why it's good for musicians), Sonar Tweets.
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December 2009 PC Notes Column

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Nov 27, 2009 7:28 pm

DECEMBER 2009: www.soundonsound.com/SOS/dec09/articles ... s_1209.htm

To buy or not to buy? That’s the question, as Windows 7 finally makes its debut.

The Case For Upgrading - new features, what musicians will see in practice, 32-bit versus 64-bit benefits.

Look Before You Leap - device drivers, which version for the musician?

Gigabyte UD5 Squeal - is it a ground loop or motherboard problem, BIOS tweaks to cure.

Microsoft WinDiff - a free alternative to Easy Duplicate Finder to track down and remove unwanted files.
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