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I've talked a number of times about the new upcoming Windows XP and provided a number of resources in case you plan on upgrading. If you missed them, just click on Older Notes at the bottom of this page to see all the past Scott's Notes entries. I've found another WinXP resource you might be interested in, although it's not really related to music technology. Microsoft is webcasting a program that will cover the new Windows XP command-line tools and troubleshooting utilities. If you like to really delve into the nitty-gritty aspects of the OS, then you might enjoy this. The webcast will air Thursday, October 11, 2001: 10:00 A.M. Pacific daylight time. Click here for more info.

If you're looking for a new audio/MIDI interface for your PC, you might want to take a look at the new LX6 from Aardvark. It's a nice little box that provides lots of power. Check out my evaluation of the product in Reviews.

And I've got some announcements from MP3 Factory Direct, Kenton Electronics, and IK Multimedia in News.

All that info should keep you busy till Monday. :-) Have a great weekend!
When I first built my current PC, I didn't really have any guidelines to follow as to how to keep the system quiet. The only thing I did know was that the case fan was way too loud and needed to be replaced. That was an easy fix though. I just ordered a new very quiet fan from quietpc.com and installed it in place of the current fan. It made a major difference. But I've always wondered what else I could do to make my system even quieter. Well, I found this short but sweet article about adjustments that can be made to keep PC noise to a minimum and I figured you might enjoy it too. Click here to read it.

Also, I've got a bunch of new announcements from MusicLab, Sonic Foundry, First International Digital, and TerraTec in News.
The October 2001 issue of Electronic Musician magazine has hit the stands, and I'm in it, twice! :-) First, you can check out my review of Cakewalk's Sonar software. Just because I wrote the Sonar Power book, doesn't mean I can't write an objective review. Keep in mind, I didn't know about the current bugs in the software. It seemed that most were squashed by the 1.02 update Cakewalk had released. But there are still a few more bugs that need to be ironed out, and I know that Cakewalk is working on a 1.03 update. They haven't set a release date yet though. I'll let you know as soon as they do.

Electronic Musician also published a great review of my Sound Forge Power book in the same issue. Click here to read it.

And I've got some announcements for you from D-Link, LinPlug, SEK'D, and Pocket Fuel in News.
Cakewalk is now shipping their new Plasma software. The reason I know is because I just received my copy. :-) It seems to be a scaled-down version of Sonar, but it sports the Plasma FXPad - a joystick-controlled multi-effects plug-in. I'm going to test out the software and post a review in the near future.

In the meantime, Digital Media Net has posted a review of my Sonar Power book. They had a lot of nice things to say. If you're interested, click here to check it out.

I've also got some new announcements for you from CreamWare, Digidesign, and GMedia Music in News.

I'm feeling a bit better now. I think my cold is finally starting to subside. I'm going to take it easy for the next few days so I can kick this thing. So, I hope you have a good weekend, and I'll see ya on Monday!
Whew! All copies of the current issue have been sent out. If you didn't get yours, it could mean one of two things. Either your email address is no longer valid or your email inbox was full. If your address is not valid, it gets removed from the list and you need to sign up for a new free subscription. If your inbox is full, you need to empty it before you can receive any new email. In either case, if you'd like to get a copy of the current issue, just go to the Issues section. You can download it from there.

Also, it looks like the Digitonix Element link that I mentioned in the DFreqFREEWARE section of the newsletter is no longer working. Sorry about that. I can't control whether other sites will be available or not. The trouble may just be temporary, so you might want to try the link again in the future.

And I've got some announcements for you from Bantam, Polk Audio, MixMeister, and MusicMatch in News.

Now I'm off to answer some more posts in the Discussion area. See ya there!
I'm not feeling very well this week. Somehow I caught a bad cold. Must be something that's going around. So you probably won't be seeing much of me in the web cam, but I'll still be updating the site. Right now I'm busy sending out the current issue to everyone. That's almost done. Then I'll probably start work on the new Discussion area.

In the meantime, I've got some announcements from Waves, Syntiac, Fender, and J.River for you in News.

PS. If you sent me e-mail recently and you haven't heard back from me yet, it's because I'm going a little slower than usual. Don't worry, though. I'll get back to you by the end of the week. Thanks!
Issue 11 has been published! Here's what you'll find in this issue:

1. Scott's Notes - The DigiFreq web site!
2. DFreqCONTEST - BBE Sonic Maximizer
3. DFreqNEWS - Plextor, MusicMatch, Plasma, Ozone, B4, and more...
4. DFreqDISCUSS - Drum Tracks
5. DFreqFEATURE - Sequencer Techniques (Part 2)
6. DFreqSHAREWARE - ClickFix for CoolEdit, crusher-X
7. DFreqFREEWARE - Digitonix Element, SynFactory
8. DFreqBUYWARE - Cakewalk Home Studio 2002
9. DFreqREVIEWS - BBE Sonic Maximizer
10. DFreqTIP - Extracting the Lead Vocal
11. DFreqFUN - Vintage Synth Explorer
12. DFreqTOPIC - Cakewalk Q&A (Part 4)
13. DFreqNEXT - Let's Talk About Noise!

To read this issue, you need to be a subscriber. If you're not already, just fill in the subscription form at the top of this page. It's free!
Windows XP will soon be here and although I'm not a fan of product activation, I'll still probably being giving the OS a whirl once it hits the market. Well, whenever I upgrade my PC OS, I like to tweak it so that I can customize it for my own needs and get the highest performance out of it as possible. I found a very cool and informative web site that provides all kinds of information about making changes to the new upcoming version of Windows. If you're planning on moving to Windows XP, you'll want to check out this site called TweakXP.com.

Also be sure to check out the new announcements from Sonic Network, Innovative Music Systems, and SONICblue in News.
Because of the raw computer power now available to just about everyone, and the relatively low cost when compared to hardware, many musicians are turning to software synths for the production of sounds and music. Well, if you're into using software synths in your studio, you may be interested in a site I found that provides free banks and patches for many of the popular softsynths out there. The site is called Virtual Plugin Instrument Resources.

And I've got some new announcements from Wenger Corp, miniMusic, and ECI in News.
Someone asked me recently about how they could make their computer a little quieter. In particular, they were having trouble with the cooling fan. I told them about how I had the same problem when I built my current system. The fan that came with the case was outrageously loud. So what did I do? I replaced it with one of the cooling fans available from Quiet PC. It made a huge difference. So anyway, I figured I would share that bit of knowledge with you.

Also, a write-up of the new BBE Sonic Maximizer DirectX plug-in has been added to Reviews.

And there are some announcements from Sound Quest, Native Instruments, and KDS in News.
Sonic Foundry released the 5.0d update for Sound Forge. It fixes a variety of bugs and adds support for ACID 3.0. If you're a registered user, you can download the update for free here.

I also found some more information for those of you interested in the new Windows XP that will be coming around shortly. First, there's a free Windows XP FAQ that you can download over at XPreme Magazine. In addition, Microsoft has put together a list of Web sites that are providing all kinds of information on the new version of Windows. You can find the list here.

And I've got some more product announcements for you from Dan Dean Productions and LinPlug Virtual Instruments in News.
A day of mourning... the United States of America was maliciously attacked today. An act of both cowardice and terrorism. This day will be forever remembered and archived here in the Notes section of DigiFreq. All the DigiFreqers out there, please join me in a moment of prayer for those who lost their lives in today's attacks, and for the families of those victims. God bless.
Lot's of things to talk about today... first, I have confirmed with the fine folks at Cakewalk that there is indeed a 1.03 update for Sonar in the works, but a release date hasn't been set yet. As soon as it is, you can bet you'll hear it here first.

Also, if you're using Cakewalk's Sonar, you can download a new batch of patches for the DreamStation DXi. Just click here to go grab them.

And lastly, the MIDI Manufacturers Association announced a new music file format called XMF (eXtensible Music Format). XMF is designed for wireless and web-based interactive audio applications. The XMF specification allows existing and complimentary music formats for music and sound generation (such as Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), Standard MIDI Files (SMF), General MIDI (GM), and the Down-Loadable Samples (DLS) formats) to be packaged together in a single, easily managed, web-friendly file for use on a wide variety of playback devices. To find out more, go here.

Also, there are some new announcements from Adventus, Epinoisis Software, and NTONYX in News.
It's almost time, yet again, for another version of Windows to hit the market. Windows XP will soon be here - this October to be exact. You may be wondering whether you should upgrade your audio PC to take advantage of this new technology. Well, before you make the leap, be sure to check out this article called What's the Deal with Windows XP - 10 Things You Need to Know Before you Upgrade.

I also found another cool site that provides an online check for Windows XP. This free tool will test your system to see if it's ready to run the new OS. You can run the test at the PC Pitstop.

Now aren't you glad you visit DigiFreq every day? Who would want to miss out on all this great info? :-)
In this day and age, making music can actually be a scary prospect, especially if that's how you make your living. The Internet and new technologies are growing so fast that the antiquated copyright laws can hardly keep up. I found an interesting article that talks about the current state of copyrights and the Internet. I thought you might be interested. You can read more about it here.

I've also got a bunch of announcements from Gary Garriton, NTONYX, Roland, and more in News.

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