Now, hold on before you read this! DO NOT go any further if you do not want to spend $money$ on more gear.
Ok.... I warned you......
Just popped for a new MacPro. (Yes Mom, at 40 I'm making more money as a composer than most accountants or lawyers - she wanted me to be an accountant or lawyer - heh, tastes goooood... SO NEVER compromise your gut desires.)
I need to express how good this new Mac Pro 2.8 Ghz 8 core with 4 gig RAM is. I have my library on a separate WD Raptor drive.
I am running Holst's Neptune with 32 East West Gold symphonic instruments in Logic 8 with Kontakt 3. It's not even breaking a sweat. Memory usage is 1.7 gig with none of the 8 processor's running over 15%. It takes (gasp!) 20 seconds to load the entire set of samples up from a saved Logic file.
MASSIVE difference from my G5 dual 2.0 Ghz computer --- which is hell fire fast already (but not fast enough for me to run Gold like a composer on it).
In short --- we can now run an entire high end symphony on ONE MacPro WITH high end plug in reverb. NO pops, stops, clicks or gltches - just pure composer magic.
I have found no bugs yet.
Now.... are you wanting to spend money.
More torture tests to come........ Still have not found the bottom to the power of this machine.