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Topic: Squeezing out performance

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    Red face Squeezing out performance (from Opus1)

    Hi, I`m new to this forum. I write this in here, instead of the hardware-forum. I hope it's ok!

    I´m wondering... How much/many simultaneous instruments/impulsefx do you think I could get using the Opus1 library, with Kontakt2, with:

    amd64 3000+
    2gigs dual ram (Corsair Value S. PC3200 DDR-DIMM 2048MB Kit w/two matched Value Select 1024MB)
    Sata hd 7200rpm

    I´m not sure how to estimate the maximum nr of instruments/impulses, but an approximate estimation would really help me. (I know it depends on which instruments you choose too.)

    Last edited by drjohnny79; 02-03-2006 at 08:44 AM. Reason: Come on, I´m new here! Added something to the title...

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    Re: Squeezing out performance

    I have a very similar setup, with the same processor and 1GB RAM (soon to be 4GB).

    I have larger hard drives (over 1 terabyte - three 400GB drives), but that really does not matter.

    RAM is everything from what I understand. The more RAM, the larger samples and projects - regardless of disk streaming - so install as much as you can afford or that the motherboard allows.

    In FL Studio 6 Producer, I have been able to choke it after about 16 virtual instruments / samplers going (I have, among other things, emu proteus sampler, kontakt 2, Stormdrums, EWQLO Silver (at the moment - but about to purchase Emerald) and tons and tons of vsti instruments, my favorites (purchased) being Wusik, M42 Nebula, Superwave Pro/Trance, Real Guitar, Manystation, Manyguitar, The Second Wave, Vox'd, (and freebies) Crystal, Motion28, EVM synths, string synth, superwave p8 and a ton more) with audio fx on several channels, forcing me to render and bounce, so to speak.

    However, in Sonar 5 Producer, I have been able to get far more tracks with instruments before I begin to use the FREEZE feature. The FREEZE feature is a life saver, I must tell you. Armed with that, it really does not matter how much memory you have because it renders to wave for each frozen track and then you can work on the next. If you need to edit, just unfreeze the track and make your changes. Simply fantastic!

    Therefore, I believe it matters which HOST you use as well. Some are simply more efficient than others. I guess trial and error will help you the most.

    Good luck.


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    Re: Squeezing out performance

    I would say RAM is not every thing and neither is hard drive although they are important.

    Of course I can only talk for my self which I found that K2 is simply hogging the CPU. It's not optimized for playing samples.

    I use a G5 2X2 10.3.9 8GB of RAM 7200-RPM SATA drive.

    I have no problem with RAM.

    I have no problem with streaming.

    My problem is CPU!

    K2 stand alone. Some 40 patches loaded. It starts out OK but after a while the CPU can't handle it and you start hearing nasty sounds. Even with very low polyphony.

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