My current DAW is an old 2.6 ghz P4 with 2 gigs of ram running Windows XP SP3. It works great and runs all of my VST's nicely. After upgrading Atmosphere to Omnisphere and wanting to get a few of the newer EW libs like Silk, etc. I know that 2 gigs of ram and a P$ processor doesn't cut it so I guess it's time to get a new computer.
It seems like a quad core processor with 8 gigs of ram would be a decent system and could handle programs like Omnisphere and Silk, etc. I have read so many threads here about 64 bit issues and am nervous about making the jump.
I have an Echo Audio Layla 3G that appears to have 64 bit drivers. I also have a ton of VST's, some that have iLOK protection (MOTU Ethno Instrument) and I have read that jBridge will not run this program because of the iLOK protection. And I have some older VST's like FM Heaven, Xphrase, SonicSynth2 etc. Will these work with jBridge? Do I run the risk of not being able to use some of my beloved VST's if I migrate to 64 bit?
I really want to get my hardware current so that I can run Omnisphere (currently I can only run a few sounds in it per song and it starts to crap out) I really want to break the 4 gig ram barrier (I know I said I only have 2 but it seems like putting good money after bad if I upgrade the ram on my current machine to 4 gigs).
Do I buy a new machine and use my older machine as a slave for older VST's? (I really don't want to do this)
Should I upgrade the ram in my current machine to 4 gigs (about $160 bucks for older PC3200 1 gig chips) and stay with what I have?
Any help or insight would be appreciated. I'll list my VST's below in case any of you have had success/failure with any of them.
Thanks again for any input!
All the very best,
PS I use Cubase 5 as my Host
VST's include EW NAtive Instruments version of Gold Pro XP, Silver, Stormdrum 1, EWQL Choirs, Vapor, Cult Sampler, Hardcore Bass, Bosendorfer 290... MOTO Ethno, Omnisphere, Atmosphere, Stylus RMX 1.5... Native Instruments Komplete 6... Kore2... VSL SE and Extended, Appasionatta Strings and Extended... FM Heaven, Xphrase, Sonic Synth 2, Albino 3, Wizoo Verb, Korg Digital Legacy collection, Crono X, etc