Networking For Dummies 8th Edition

Networking For Dummies 8th Edition reviewed in The Technofile by MC Rebbe

Recently, I was chatting to my friend the Doctor (of computer science) and happened to mention that I’d just read Networking for Dummies. His response? “If you’ve read Networking For Dummies, you know more about networking than me,” which can only mean one of two things, either this book is excellent, or educational standards in this country have sunk even lower than I thought. If you want to find out which, read on. Continue reading “Networking For Dummies 8th Edition”

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Teach Yourself Visually Adobe Photoshop CS3

Teach Yourself Visually Adobe Photoshop CS3 reviewed in The Technofile by MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi

Photoshop may be the most powerful image manipulation application in the nation, but with its great power comes great learning curves…which certainly aren’t my favourite kind of curves…if you know what I mean…so something that enables you to get to grips with the uber app in days instead of weeks, is worth its weight in bagels and lox…and Teach Yourself Visually Adobe Photoshop CS3 is exactly that something! Continue reading “Teach Yourself Visually Adobe Photoshop CS3”

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BPM

BPM DJ show reviewed by MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi in The Technofile

In the UK, there’s no shortage of music industry trade shows, but until recently if you wanted to check out the latest DJing kit, you were faced with a choice between PLASA (the main focus of which is sound and lighting for concert tours and large installations, making it 95% irrelevant to the average DJ) and a handful of shows targeted at musicians and producers. Last weekend though, the landscape changed, as DJs took control at BPM, a brand new show organised by Marked Events. Continue reading “BPM”

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Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 Professional

Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 Professional reviewed in the Technofile by MC Rebbe the Rapping Rabbi

It wasn’t all that long ago that if you wanted to use voice dictation software, you had to talk to your computer like a Dalek on downers. But things have come a long way in the last few years and though we’re not quite yet into the realms of Captain Kirk conversing with a computer (with a sexy female voice), it is now possible to talk to your PC using your own natural speech patterns, whilst simultaneously seeing your words appear in front of you…without having to first drop a tab of acid…
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Propellerheads ReCycle 2.1

MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi reviews Propellerheads Recycle in The Technofile

If you work with loops or breakbeats, you’ll love Propellerheads ReCycle. Simply Open it up, load in an audio file and move the sensitivity slider to the right. As you do so, the program uses some clever algorithms to slice up your file into…’slices’, (conveniently visualised in its waveform display). The further you drag this slider, the smaller these slices get, until you’ve broken it down into discrete rhythmic components (e.g. kick, snare, hats, etc.). Continue reading “Propellerheads ReCycle 2.1”

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Arturia Jupiter-8V

Arturia Jupiter-8V reviewed in The Technofile by MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi

In 1981, Roland released the Jupiter 8 synthesizer. A true flagship, it offered, amongst other things, a massive (for the time) 8 voices, keyboard split and layering, a powerful arpeggiator, a unison mode…and lots of sexy multi coloured buttons. Most importantly though, it was more reliable and flexible than many of its contemporaries. Continue reading “Arturia Jupiter-8V”

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Native Instruments Absynth 4

MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi reviews Native Instruments Absynth 4 in The Technofile

Absynth is one of the best sound design tools out there. Like its brethren, ‘Battery’ (reviewed below) and ‘FM8’ (review coming soon), it has recently had a makeover.

If you’re not already familiar with this soft synth, then check out my Absynth 3 review. If, on the other hand, you already know the score, read on. Continue reading “Native Instruments Absynth 4”

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