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1O TIPS to speed up your computer (without buying a new one)

Is your computer struggling with your production needs? Are you about to buy a new one? Hold fire! There are some easy fixes to give older machines a speed makeover, so try these 10 before you buy…

1. Keep an eye on things

The best way to keep tabs on how your computer is coping – or not – with everything you are throwing at it, is to keep an eye on it, that is find out about everything that it is trying to do. PC users have had lots of system-monitor apps within Windows to choose from over the years, including Task Manager, Resource Monitor and Performance/System Monitor. There are lots of third-party ones to choose from, too, including Rainmeter (an open-source tool from, or moo0 System Monitor (free from an app that currently supports 43 kinds of information, including CPU, Memory, Network, and detailed HDD usages. Mac heads should be happy with Activity Monitor, which really gets beneath the skin of what you are using and how, but there are also plenty of freebies out there, too, like X Resource Graph from

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We’re very excited to reveal our new-look issue, which is on sale from Thursday 19th October, and we’ve gone the extra mile to give you something really special. Building up the courage to share your tracks over the internet is one thing, but performing them live is something else entirely. That’s where our cover feature, From Studio To Stage comes in. With 7-pages of expert advice from Matin Delaney you’ll be gig-ready in no time. Elsewhere in the mag we chat with Emre Ramazanoglu, who’s body of work includes several 2017 movie soundtracks as well as some of the biggest pop releases in recent years. Additionally we present our 10 tips to speed up your computer (without buying a new one), a retrospective on the Roland SH-101 and 6 reasons to buy more gear (as if you needed any). This and so much more in the new-look issue of MusicTech magazine.
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