This is for other Canuck's wondering about the upgrade process...
Finally finished my quad core build and pulled the trigger on the Omni upgrade.
It goes for $249.00 on the site, but I was a bit hesitant as to whether exchange rates, taxes, shipping and duties would accrue to the point of requiring an appointment with my bank manager.
I am quite pleased to report the exchange rate was good, there was no GST, PST or any other wretched "ST" applied, and to my complete delight, no duty or customs brokerage fees to try and choke down like a liver and onion milkshake.
I had it shipped the deluxe method: "Expedited" - cost a bit more, but I'd waited long enough to upgrade already. So a few extra days would have killed me.
The tracking facilities on the UPS site are brilliant, and allowed me to watch it's movements throughout the US to the minute. Totally amazing stuff!
It arrived bang on time first thing this morning!
So, any other fellow Canadian virtual instrumenteers reticent about running the guantlet often accompanying Stateside purchases, here's one instance where it all went like buttah. Even got an e-mail from Spectrasonics saying they'd cover the duty if there was any.
As for the installation....
No problems to report...except I hadn't really paid attention to how long it is indicated to take...and about halfway through I forgot what I was even installing.
Lordy, I've done full system rebuilds from wiped hard drives that didn't take this long. The manual ain't kidding about 5 hrs. If you're on your main machine, budget for a full day because you'll need to take time out between disks to do other things like check email, yadda yadda.
For some reason, even though task manager indicates scant resources being used while it's installing, the comp acts like the CPU is pegged at 90%. You can't do bugger all else on the comp....a feeling reinforced by the terror of fragging the ginormous install and having to start all over.
The last DVD spit out, I fired up Cubase and got her all auth'd, regged and updated, and there we are.....Welcome to the Omnisphere.
Only had about 20 minutes to play with it so far 'cause I'm too knackered and ready for bed. Tomorrow I'll light this candle and take it into orbit.
Here's hoping future versions of Omnisphere come on a hard drive...or even a 64gig jump drive.