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    Omnisphere on an older PC

    I plan on purchasing in the near future. Since I don't qualify for a discount I have to choose between Omnisphere and a PC. Both are not in the budget right now.
    I am running Cubase 4 on P4-2.4Ghz with 2 Gig of ram. Using Win XP home.
    I'm assuming I would not be able to layer alot of sounds before crapping out.
    If it's anything like RMX I assume a lot of patches have fx and may push cpu limits.
    Is it reasonable to assume I could run Omni in this situation?

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    Re: Omnisphere on an older PC

    Quote Originally Posted by slinky View Post
    I plan on purchasing in the near future. Since I don't qualify for a discount I have to choose between Omnisphere and a PC. Both are not in the budget right now.
    I am running Cubase 4 on P4-2.4Ghz with 2 Gig of ram. Using Win XP home.
    I'm assuming I would not be able to layer alot of sounds before crapping out.
    If it's anything like RMX I assume a lot of patches have fx and may push cpu limits.
    Is it reasonable to assume I could run Omni in this situation?
    Can you increase your ram?

    That's what I did to hold off from buying another computer to accommodate Omnisphere. I increased my computer's RAM to 8GB to give Omnisphere more open highway to run on.

    So far, I haven't experienced any performance issues while running in Stack or Live mode. And, I have loaded up all 8 layers. But, it does eat up CPU resources. I run my Cubase 4 on a MAC G5 Dual not on a PC.

    I conserve CPU muscle by dialing back some parameters on hungry FX like reverb.

    I wanted to upgrade to Omnisphere ASAP. It was worth it because Omnisphere kicks some serious butt!

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    Re: Omnisphere on an older PC

    Hi there,

    I am running omnisphere on a P4 2.4 GHz with only 1 Gb of RAM and XP SP3. It runs well and the 1.0.2d software upgrade has helped very much with instrument load time. Pay attention to Bobbybland's comments about slow search routines - his PC is very FAST and library search is slow; same on my old PC so there is something going on in the PC domain that has to be resolved. Nothing like Spectrum's expectations of 1-2 secs.

    You won't be able to run lots of instances but this can be very useful - you have to make decisions.

    Delete your temp files often and after getting the latest upgrades disable virus software so you should get down to core XP of around 220 Mb. I think you might max at 2GB RAM.

    Be prepared for an exhausting month exploring the presets and then you will discover you want to make your own presets and you will make many in a short time. So much of the soundsource library has not yet found its way into presets.

    You will really enjoy this instrument - even on an old PC.

    Best wishes, Neil

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    Re: Omnisphere on an older PC

    I would suggest that 2 GB of RAM is a minimum if you plan to use Omnisphere in projects along with other instruments or multiple instances or in Live mode.
    And let's not forget the processor(s) while we're on the subject. There's also a difference between just getting Omnisphere to run and being able to use fully all its features and capabilities.

    Re: "I increased my computer's RAM to 8GB to give Omnisphere more open highway to run on."
    ---DrChopz....can't be done on the computer described. In normal operating mode, XP won't see more than about 2.6-2.8 GB RAM. There are differences between the Mac you are using and Slinky's PC.
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    Re: Omnisphere on an older PC

    I know this has been discussed ad nauseum but my understanding is that XP won't see more than 2gb without the 3gb switch. When you say 2.8gb of ram, are you using the switch?
    BTW how does hard drive speed affect Omnisphere use?
    I only use a Firewire 400 (7200rpm) external.

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    Re: Omnisphere on an older PC

    It is my understanding that much depends on the the system and what is being done etc. in Cubase at the time, and while ca. 2 GB is the amount the o/s itself can use, it has also been shown that within Cubase sometimes 2.6-2.8 GB RAM in total can be utilized if it's there (but certainly NOT 3 GB). And here's more food for thought...it's generally agreed that it's better to put 4 GB RAM in the slots rather than 3 GB even if you don't use the 3 GB switch, but want to maximize RAM usage. In any case, I would agree that opinions and 'facts' are all over the map regarding the amount of RAM that can and can't be utilized with or without the switch. Personally, I'm not a fan of the 3 GB switch and it's not for everybody, but I'll avoid making any recommendations re it's use (or not) to others. I think the real solution will lie with 64 bit applications and computer systems, not the 3 GB switch. HTH.........playz
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