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  1. What an odd link anyway. Everything is the full word except "studio"!
  2. Some applications can also tap into the UEFI directly, the most concerning I have seen is Corsair's cooling app. That set my CPU target to 5.1GHz, and the system started cycling the cooling system like a jet plane ramping up and down. I disabled the app, but left the drivers installed to prevent recurrence. It is good to check the UEFI from time to time if things seem odd. I ended up locking mine at 29% OC, and that is actually displayed on the splash screen at startup (ASUS MB). I am not sure if other MB do similar, but is nice to verify. If it is simply the Turbo mode doing its thing, I wouldn't get worried for it unless the system misbehaves. Systems spend a lot of life at relatively low CPU usage, so that mode allows the machine to shift gears as needed.
  3. I think the only thing not current is the Sound Forge Pro 13, but that (of course) pops up an ad when you first use it to upgrade to SFP14 for $149. One oddity I noticed after installing Spectral Layers Pro 7, was that the "Vstplugins" subfolder disappeared in the Steinberg directory. IIRC, that was where AAS defaulted to installing its VST2s. Everything that had been in there had a VST3 version, so I didn't lose any sleep over it, but it is something to note. I didn't realize it had vanished till I was trying to add that VST path to Samplitude. FYI for anyone who has the Independence Pro libraries from earlier... Independence Pro will recognize you have them, but try to install them (again) in a "MAGIX" subdirectory, if you do not go about it a specific way. This video was useful to load them up again cleanly.
  4. Isn't that everything now? Am I missing a quicker alternative or do you need to drill into each VST to know what version it is (or keep the most recent downloads)?
  5. Quick bump to to point out what Sidney mentioned above. The current Samplitude X5 Pro Suite offer also includes Convology XT Complete (all of the IRs). It also includes Spectral Layers Pro 7, so is a good bang for the buck deal, especially since it is not an upgrade or anything.
  6. This also includes Convology XT Complete (not locked to Samplitude), which I noticed was listed in another thread. That has like 5 or 6 GB of IR files (the engine is free, the IRs are not), so get the IRs with this package too.
  7. mettelus

    Crowd HYPE

    Sharke posted an interesting solution in the old forums that used a vocoder to control and enhance crowd interaction. On my cell now, so fat chance I can find that link offhand. IIRC, that was using a small group and generating a stadium crowd from it. http://forum.cakewalk.com/m/tm.aspx?m=3146538&p=1 Damn, that link is almost 6 years old already.
  8. Whew, good thing it endured hanging without breaking its neck. But... how is the air quality??
  9. I got the X3 Suite in the great Gibson debacle as well but never used it on my new machine. Updating Spectral Layers Pro 4 from that buy is also $199, so I ended up getting this but only loaded Spectral Layers Pro 7 so far. The e-license wasn't a huge issue, but you need to download via the Steinberg Download Assistant before you can redeem as a "soft e-license” to the machine. After that, was all good. Been having fun with the unmix stems, but it seems to have issues with certain genres. Wall of sound stuff makes the reverb tails wonky.
  10. I posted a fun trick a couple years ago on the old forum using MDrumEnhancer by tapping a condensor mic with fingers, then replacing it with a snare. The other thing about about MDrumEnhancer is it has no latency, so you can do drum replacement real time (the dry and wet tracks in that post were recorded in one pass).
  11. The "very versatile in tone" is best met via humbuckers that are clean, hot (catch harmonics), and can be split. The "plays comfortably" comes mostly from the feel of the neck (for you), and that the guitar has been PLEK'd (either when built, or after the fact). I forget if you like to tinker or not (HUGE caveat to the following), but you can achieve the split coils on any humbucking guitar without altering the appearance via Seymour Duncan Triple Shot Mounting rings (can buy cheaper as a pair, and come in flat mount/arch top versions) and most humbuckers (that have 4 wires out, exposing the individual coils). These allow you single coil, parallel wired, series wired (by pickup) in addition to the selector switch(es) they feed. On most guitars, rolling off the volume knob slightly will take the "sting" out of the harmonics (without a treble bleed mod installed, which is easily identifiable if you look at the volume pot) - for hot PUPs, the frequency rolloff can actually be good for versatility. If a neck already feels good for you (something you own now, with neck radius and scale you like), PLEKing a guitar that has never been (some newer guitars get PLEK'd by default now, but good to check on). I refretted my first guitar to a set radius and bass frets when I first got it... the guy who PLEK'd it said that neck should be compound radius to play best, so he PLEK'd compound radius into the frets, and PLEK'd a new nut to boot. Talk about a night/day modification to what was already there. If you like to tinker, it is about $600 and a bit of elbow grease to take any guitar (+ two new PUPs) to do this. In my case, I have two switches to "select" the PUPs (I had to route/drill the second one)... either up is "on," both up is series, both down is parallel (in addition to how the Triple Shots are set). I also replaced the tone pot with a push/pull switch to control out-of-phase between the two PUPs. I replaced the PUPs in mine with Dimarzio D Activator Neck/Bridge (DP219/DP220) which were touted at the time to be the highest output passive pickups on the market (I personally detest "active" anything, since I hate swapping batteries). The guy who PLEK'd it asked me if they were active because when he checked it afterwards he was surprised by the output it has. I have never used the Sustaniac PUPs, but read on them a while back. Again, the active issue for me, but it is similar to an E-Bow, takes the driving PUP offline when functioning as an E-Bow, and is limited to the guitar it is mounted on. Digitech's FreqOut pedal was on sale a while back for $99, and I didn't really read up on them till the sale was over, but I liked the features of that guy more since it is more versatile and can be used on any guitar.
  12. I was looking for similar a while ago and reviews kept steering me to a Zoom Q2n-4K. I ended up getting a tripod and using my phone, but that Zoom is 4K and records 24/96, so it does have some advantages for ease of use. It seemed more focused on capturing gigs, which is why it is cheaper than some alternatives (and not bad if that is what you want it for).
  13. My cynicism kicking in here, but I associate "pre-order" with something in high demand that is going to see a limited run (manufactured hardware basically). Last pre-order I made was for X2, and we all know how that went (and why it never happen again). No way I would pay money early to be a beta tester.
  14. Win10 Educational is the same as Enterprise, which has more security protocols exposed than Pro or Home, plus other stuff. If you are a student, Win10 Educational is a good option.
  15. Just to reiterate the above, CbB is "SONAR" that was given a name change through the acquisition process. It is primarily the DAW now, so missing third-party content, but supports all Windows-format plugins (AAX and such won't load).
  16. Could take the Best Fiends twist on it... ”That's friend without the r." Just need a "musical imp" logo.
  17. Unless you can connect to a SATA III port, you are not going to see the advantage of a high-end SSD, except for longevity/warranty differences, which may not be cost effective. A second drive would let you pull data from 2 drives at once. Another consideration is an "older" i7 machine with higher specs than you have and you can scavenge from your current machine. 250 GB SATA III is actually a good O/S drive option. https://www.cpubenchmark.net/ Is a good reference site. The money of putting extra components into a machine that cannot use them might better be used on a machine upgrade (and scavenge what you have now that will work).
  18. Look up the motherboard on that machine. It is possible your current SSD is plugged into a SATA II port. If you do not have a SATA III port available, you won't see the full speed from even a new SSD.
  19. We just like to argue. Hopefully the OP did come back and tried his Realtek output. For his situation, there is no reason why the onboard audio wouldn't work (as a permanent solution). Games take full advantage of that chip, panning and fading sounds (based on position and motion) even in surround mode without complaining about sample rate or playback mode. DAWs seem to be behind the curve on audio engines in that regard.
  20. The PRS McCarty 594 is probably the most versatile guitar you can buy. PRS essentially took the best features from Gibson and Fender then built upon that. PRS has always been focused on materials, sustain and ergonomics. It might be overkill for what your intended use is though. I wouldn't buy something online without playing it first. For that kind of money, it is worth a day trip to a place that carries what you are hunting for in stock. Reading specs versus playing the instrument (just like MIDI controllers) can mean different things to different people. How something plays can be more important. There are also options to replace Strat single coils with humbuckers. Using the neck/mid or mid/bridge settings on a Strat is basically a "humbucker," just a different tone than side-by-side. Tone is another consideration, so the humbuckers actually installed can make as much difference as the feel of the guitar. They are also replaceable, but for something like a 335, that is a royal PITA to do.
  21. +1 to getting your system specs listed. The NVidia HD audio driver has been problematic in the past for some people since it can conflict with other drivers. For audio playback only, the onboard Realtek chip should suffice, but would need speakers/headphones connected to use it. WASAPI mode would probably be the best mode to try first. You could actually check that even without speakers by shifting sound playback in Windows to the Realtek, run CbB (won't hear it without speakers/headphones) and see if the mouse motion causes the same dropout in the video. Since you do not intend to record audio, an interface may be overkill (most output through 1/4" jacks, so you might also need cables/speakers to use properly). I use the Realtek quite often without issues.
  22. ^^ GPU RAM would only be useful for the rendering of an audio file. The latency for real-time playback would fall short in most cases. Reducing CPU load/increasing RAM are better to focus on for real-time usage, and will also depend on the intended results. Example, if not tracking, increasing buffer allows for audio to be processed and assembled for playback when CPU-heavy plugins are in the mix. For the OP, it may be easier to explain your situation and issues. Most folks here have probably already experienced it and can offer solutions.
  23. This could have been a MF pricing glitch and iZotope did come back with "WTF are you doing over there??"
  24. That is basically what IR loaders are doing, convolution reverb. MConvolutionEZ is part of Melda's free bundle that seemed to be released to fill the "IR loader" spot. The paid for ones can be more heavy-handed, but are overkill to simply "use an IR."
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