I hope this is the correct subforum ... feel free to respond in this thread in pieces, refer me to other threads where this has been discussed, etc.
My Toshiba LT has 1Gb of RAM and VISTA Biz with a 1.6Gh Centrino Duo processor.
Before I load Finale (and any instruments I may need) I show between 650Mb and 780Mb of memory in use (Man, that's a lot of system overhead).
I've gone through MSCONFIG and Control Panel to disable various things (Sidebar! What a hog!) .. the numbers I mentioned are without these things loaded.
Projects I'm working on involve .lots. of instruments (i.e. symphony orchestra).
My questions are piling up:
First and foremost:
How much RAM headroom do I need to effectively run Finale with a lot of instruments?
don't get me wrong .. my RAM upgrade is on the way from TheNerds.net (hopefully the best $105-including-shipping I ever spent on a 2Gb expansion, once I get through Toshiba's 'we want to keep you from opening up your computer' tech support. But .. I do want to know what I should be expecting, performancewise.
I've got half a feeling that the 'static on recording' problem (another thread) relates to this RAM issue. And the '
What effect does Ready Boost have on the mix?
(This new-to-Vista feature allows you to cache to an SD chip .. nice idea, but I've got a 1.5Mb RB cache and I don't notice .any. difference in performance). If some propellorhead tells me that this won't help anything about using Finale then I'll rededicate the chip to storage (this was $20 I didn't spend on Secure Digital, but a heck of a price for 2GB just the same. TigerDirect.).
On another note (so to speak): I'd really like to be able to play two pitches from the same patch at once, and I don't seem to be able to do this predictably. Sometimes I can get trombone-two-and-three to play both notes from the same part in the same layer. Sometimes it looks as though I can get trumpet-one-and-two (in different layers) to both play from the same patch. One thing about soundfonts, they don't mind if you have three flutes playing together...
(which reminds me .. GPO .. orchestral instruments .. what do you do when you need A clarinets? I mean, they are out there, but the instrument doesn't seem to have .their. low e...)
Always another question to ask, eh?