I bought a new computer to replace my aging DAW. Quad Core, 8 gigs of ram, 3 SATA hard drives running Vista 64 bit. I use Cubase as my host and an Echo Layla 3G.
So far I can tell you the experience has been pretty darn good. Omnisphere used to bring my old machine to its knees. My CPU barely budges now and I load up monster patches in no time. Cubase seems to be running great as well as my VSL stuff and Komplete 6.
I have a ton of 32 bit apps like the Korg Digital collection, EWQL Stormdrum, Gold Pro XP, Sonicsynth 2, etc, etc. I was amazed that they all installed and seem to run fine under VST bridge. I thought I would have to buy JBridge to run the 32 bit apps?
So far the only issues I have are with Kore and Wizooverb. NI just released a 64 bit driver for Kore but I don't think It's working quite right yet. I have the Kore 1 controller and it seems you need to install a separate piece of software for the controller and then install the Kore 2 software. I may have to call up NI to help me out because ocassionally I get an error message and Kore locks up.
The Wizooverb issue makes me sad. I installed the software and can't license it as Wizoo no longer exists. I saw that M-Audio is supposed to be handling some legacy products including Darbuka and Wizooverb but can't find it on there site... I have Reverance with Cubase but it would be great to have all of my old VST's so that when I load up an old song all of the instruments and effects are ready and I don't have to spend time finding a Wizooverb substitution in Reverance. When a company goes out of business, like Wizoo, they should provide us with ways to install the software and license it IMO.
So, with the exception of one or two hiccups and a few extra synths to install (Albino, CronoX) I am doing way better than I thought. Kudos to Echo, Spectrasonics, VSL, NI and Steinberg for making the transformation so painless. It is such a relief to break the ram barrier.
Just thought I'd share this in case any one else was on the fence moving towards 64 bit.
Happy Holidays to all of the great people at Northern Sounds!