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  1. One example in CbB is doing Drum Replacement. I had to do it for the kick and snare of a 1.5 hour recording that had 30 mono channels. For each run of Replacer, CbB loads all 32 logical cores at a total load of 72% very evenly. Mixdowns so far have maxed out at around 12% total load, again looking very even (ThreadSchedulingModel=2). There's some possibility that the UAD-2 (Oxide, Reflection Engine, LA-2A, EMT140) is affecting the max achievable CPU load, but everything else involved is either NVMe Gen4 or SATA-3 SSD. I've attached the power meter to my AMD machine, and will be getting to the video work soon enough. Everything is being done at 48k; my round-trip latency through the Midas M32 with these four ASIO buffer sizes is... 32 samples = 3.02ms /// 64 samples = 4.35ms /// 128 samples = 7.02ms /// 256 samples = 12.35ms
  2. Power consumption is proportionate to total heat output. It's the concentration of watts per square mm that determines the temperature. Consider a 15-watt soldering iron as an example of low wattage and high temperatures. Idle current in the Ryzen processors certainly shows "high" current because the temperatures are higher than comparable new Intel processors. My new AMD 3950X system disturbingly idles around 51C (138F). However, the whole system is drawing around 105 watts from the wall socket in that condition. Although much older, the physics lesson is that my 12-core Mac Pro with dual 3.33GHz processors idled at around 39C (102F) but the system is drawing 230 watts from the wall while idling. Video renders in my AMD machine push the processor to 82C (180F) while the older Mac never crossed the 70C (158F) mark while drawing 480 watts from the wall during the render. I have some challenging video renders to do this afternoon, and if ambition strikes, I'll hook up my power meter to the AMD machine to see what it draws at full cry. I expect that its maximum draw will still be less than the older machine's idle state, while offering over 3x the total processing capability. It won't be a perfect comparison, in that the Mac has a GTX 1070 (180W TDP) video card, while the AMD has a 5700 XT (225W TDP) video card, but it should be instructive nevertheless. When comparing the newer 9th generation Intel processors to the AMD Ryzen series, one has to be careful of the numbers because the TDP ratings are developed in wildly different ways by each chipmaker. The typical outcome is that the Intel power consumption if significantly higher at equal performance capabilities to the Ryzen series.
  3. Okay, I'll make a try at understanding the root of the problem: A good place to start is to run LatencyMon [www.resplendence.com] to check that your machine happy with its combination of video card, network (wired/wireless) and other driver interactions.
  4. Yesterday, I received the new 2.30 BIOS for my ASRock X570 Creator motherboard. The 2.30 isn't posted on the ASRock website, so I had to directly request it from ASRock Tech Support. The 2.30 BIOS fixed the problem of the UAD-2 PCIe 'Failed to Start (Code 10)' problem. It's working fine now.
  5. Perhaps something from the [vb-audio.com] product line will do what you want; Virtual Cable, or Voicemeeter, or Voicemeeter Banana. Take a look.
  6. I did a trial connection with a friend using www.audiomovers.com VST plugin. I put it on a bus in CbB. The destination link is given to the person on the other side who can have it as a VST simply in a browser window. Our visual connection was Zoom so a cut/paste in the Chat window was used for passing the URL to him. I've also configured vMix for a variety of uses (sort of like OBS) but never tried to integrate AudioMovers with it. Give a fuller description of what you want to accomplish and I'll see if I can provide some useful input.
  7. Any progress on this? I just ordered a Lynx AES16e-50 and would like to benefit from any experience out there.
  8. Thanks for your interest in this topic. It might be instructive for me to remove the RME MADI PCIe card, leaving only the UAD-2 card in place to see if it's properly detected. I doubt it would change anything but it is good diagnostic hygiene. I'll try that tonight. I know for sure that: The UAD-2 card uses only one PCIe lane Firewire cards only use one PCIe lane The RME MADI card is PCIe 1.1...also uses only one lane; and the other PCIe x1 cards are likely PCIe 2.0 or lower. The PCIe x1 slots on the ASRock Creator are PCIe 2.0 specification Th e UAD-2 Solo, Duo and Quad cards negotiate addresses differently in the PCIe slot compared to the Octo which reportedly works fine everywhere (AMD+Intel) The M.2_2 slot in this board will disappear from the boot menu candidates when Thunderbolt is enabled The M.2_2 slot can be concurrently used with the PCIe Slot-6 if Thunderbolt is disabled As for other factors, I may get to them "soon". For now the most interesting problem to solve is setting the "Record Latency Adjustment / Manual Offset" value in the Sync and Caching page of Preferences. The RME MADI card only knows its digital behavior and the driver reports I/O Latency values to CbB . The driver can't see the 44-sample ADA delay through the M32 that I measured using Oblique RTL Utility. Since the Reported Input Latency (in samples) is about 1/2 the size of the Reported Output Latency, I'm wondering if I can determine the correct value of Manual Offset without having to do an experiment with click sounds and a microphone next to my monitor speaker (how crass). I'll report back after I do the "UAD-2 only" test. UPDATE: The UAD-2 only test showed that the machine would not recognize the card and even the Device Manager refuses to open the dialog window. Moreover, the LG OLED UHD display screen has disturbances and flickers. That implies that something bad is happening on the PCIe buses or within RAM timings that's common to the slot that serves the AMD 5700 XT video card. I took out the UAD-2, put the RME MADIface ExpressCard back in, and all is well. The next PCIe card going into the machine will be a Blackmagic Design BMDPCB95. It's a 2x SDI + 2x HDMI-HD PCIe x1 card for video capture. The hope/plan is to use it as a two-input 'webcam' card for Zoom sessions, fed by high-grade DSLR cameras instead of my wimpy Logitech C615C USB webcam. UPDATE-2: The UAD- 2 now works because ASRock issued a new 2.30 BIOS for this X570 Creator motherboard. As of April-17th it's not on any of their webpages, so you have to directly request if from ASRock Tech Support. As for the timing offset. The correct answer for an RME MADI Expresscard through a Midas M32 is 45 samples. I recorded a metronome into a CbB track, then played it back through the mixer as an analog input, and checked the offset by zooming into the track level. The 44-sample figure was obtained from a Oblique RTL Utility. The 45-sample figure is obtained by directly measuring the sample-level alignment of the playback and recorded track.
  9. Thanks for the tip! The BIOS parameter is Advanced AMD CBS / NBIO Common Options / PCIe Ten Bit Tag Support Its default status is .Auto=Disabled.. I changed it to 'Enabled.'. There was no change in the symptom...still Code 10... Device not Started (UAD2Pcie) I'll see if I care enough when I get up tomorrow to send an error report to ASRock tech support. They may welcome the distraction, or deem me insular and self-involved to bring up such an issue at a time like this.
  10. Yes, the latest UAD 9.11 download, the latest 2.10 BIOS for the ASRock Creator, and the latest AMD chipset driver [2.03.12.0657] dated 3/19/2020 are all in place. A few months ago I had attempted to use the UAD-2 across my 10GbE network using Vienna Ensemble Pro v7. I got a few things going, but it was clumsy. I decided then to begin a slow walk away from the UAD-2 stuff. I had consistently used only the EMT140, DreamVerb, Reflection Engine, LA-2A, and Oxide from among the UAD-2 stuff. I will now substitute the Waves Abbey Road Plate, PhoenixVerb and Valhalla Vintage Verb, Cakewalk CA-2A, and my collection of tape emulator products that include Nomad Factory Magnetic-II, ToneBoosters ReelBus, Abbey J37, iZotope Vintage Tape, and of course the wonderfully useful Overloud tape emulator in the ProChannel of CbB. It'll be fine.
  11. I just updated my signature, having substantially migrated from my 12-core 2010 Mac Pro to my newly-built AMD 16-core 3950X. I'll try my first serious CbB mixing today. The machine has: AMD 3950X / 128GB RAM (Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200-C16) ASRock x570 Creator Sabrent Gen4 1TB NVMe, Sabrent Gen3 2TB NVMe, 2TB Crucial MX500 10GbE link to external servers : Media server with 4TB SSD RAID-0 and 16TB RAID-0 HDD. Redundant Server with two 12TB RAID HDD's. Cooler Master HAF XB EVO case All the Universal Audio software installs fine, and the UAD-2 Duo PCIe is recognized in the Device Manager, but it fails with a Code-10 (failed to start). So for now, the UAD-2 stays back in the Mac. I have no Thunderbolt devices to test. My M32 mixer/interface is connected via an RME MADI ExpressCard. If anything unexpected happens with Cakewalk or Reaper or Studio One in the new machine that might be relevant to this CbB community, I'll update here.
  12. To @Stavv ... since this discussion has revived: - Is your 3840x2160 set at 100% or some other number? - What is the diagonal size of your display?
  13. You'll probably had to start a new thread to discuss this issue. I use an M32 in my studio, so I can offer help. It certainly seems like a routing issue.
  14. I wonder what the certification means as a practical/operational matter. For example: some things will hot plug and some won't in the non-certified implementations works in Windows but has hackintosh limitations for the non-certified some kind of per-board-manufactured fee must be paid to Intel despite the new royalty-free status all USB and SSD peripheral stuff works, but DisplayPort stuff doesn't work Any ideas about the differences?
  15. Things have changed recently: I am putting the finishing touches on my AMD build. It's a Ryzen 3950X (16-core) on an ASRock X570 Creator motherboard. This Creator motherboard has *native* Thunderbolt-3 and is unique in that regard among the X570 chipset boards. I had also ordered and returned the ASRock X570 Taichi board. That one uses an Add-In-Card for Thunderbolt, and provides the necessary header. Among the Threadripper TRX40 chipset boards, the Gigabyte Designare is the one that offers support for a Thunderbolt-3 Add-In-Card, as @StarTekh shows in his post . These three boards are ones that I had considered before landing where I am. There may be others, but I don't have any other info to offer. Also, keep in mind that Thunderbolt-3's advantage for audio is in the low latency of the PCIe/Thunderbolt protocol, not in its bandwidth. Tbolt-1,2,3 all have the same latency potency, and nothing in the track count of an audio interface challenges the bandwidth of Tbolt-1 . (At 96k/24bit it would take over 4000 channels to fill 10Gbits/sec. ) Thunderbolt shines in its flexibility of usage for audio interfaces, SSD's, and displays. On a side note, the DisplayPort protocol is fenced off in Tbolt-2 and Tbolt-3, so the data transfer capability for PCIe traffic like SSD is 11Gbits in Tbolt-2 and 22Gbits in Tbolt-3. That's why you see a ceiling of around 2800MBytes/sec for M.2 SSD's attached via Tbolt-3.
  16. Your question didn't mention the CPU that you have, but that's an essential part of question of runtime for MP3 encoding. The MP3 encoding is an especially CPU-bound task, while the mixdown work invokes the speed of the storage drives, varies with the quantity of tracks, quantity and intensity demands of the individual plug-ins, etc. The type of audio interface and its connection to the PC are not a factor in this aspect of exporting. Another part of the question is the 'Quality' slider and the target bitrate. You should do a couple of experiments that separate the processes: First 'Bounce to Tracks' the entire mix to a stereo track, and then 'Export' that single stereo track as an MP3 with various settings for target bitrate, and the 'Quality' slider position. That separation of mixdown processes and MP3 settings will give you a sense of where the time is burned.
  17. I'll provide info for the lower half of your questions: For zero cost, the ExFAT file system is read/write compatible for macOS and Win10. This is appropriate for data-only drives. I use that format for my RAID 'media' drive that is native to the 2010 Mac Pro that runs HiSierra and Win10. However, I also use (small cost, big benefit, highly-recommended) Paragon Software 'NTFS for Mac' and its palindrome product 'APFS for Windows'. I have used the NTFS for Mac for many years, and it has been perfect. I also have the HFS for Windows but haven't upgraded to anything that demands APFS yet. My machine isn't Bootcamp, but instead is a 'native' Win10 installation. This uses a separate physical SSD for boot. I recommend you do the same for your Mac, although I haven't thought through the process for your machine. I've done a separate external Win10 boot drive for a friend's 2017 iMac without incident, so you should be optimistic about success. NTFS for the Windows boot drive is the only choice, much like APFS is the only choice for a macOS Catalina boot drive. Thunderbolt-3 is plenty fast for anything you intend to do with data. Tbolt-3's throughput for data drives maxes out at about 2700MBytes/sec. That's near the top of what a PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe drive can deliver.
  18. So far the "Death Modes" that I've directly observed with SSD's have *never* been matters of wear. A "good" controller will simply make the SSD read-only when the wear limits of the flash array have been reached. Of the four failures I've been able to get close to (three of mine, one in an online forum with SMART telemetry info) the failures have been as follows: - New (yes, new) SanDisk 2TB CloudSpeed ("enterprise-grade") had its internal DRAM controller fail, so it dropped writing speed down to 14 MBytes/sec. - Very old 90GB OCZ SSD intermittently freezes while remaining visible to the OS. That's a classic controller failure. It's now in a landfill with the others. - Patriot SSD 128GB would "disappear" from the SATA port. That's another classic controller failure. - Online guy with SMART telemetry info had the controller completely lose all info about bytes written and its empty cells map. Cannot read or write at all. The basic takeaway is that there will be no warning about imminent failure, so good backup disciplines are essential, perhaps more essential than before.
  19. You should play around with an online calculator called IsThisRetina. [ https://www.designcompaniesranked.com/resources/is-this-retina/ ] The major parameters of how you see your screen are your working distance, the pixels-per-inch density, and the screen size. The "Retina" distance is an ergonomic figure of how the limits of normal human visual acuity will have the image look no better with additional resolution or pixels-per-inch. A backstory may be useful: I migrated from 28" 1920x1200 used at a distance of 42-inches. That's an ~81PPI screen that has a Retina Distance (RD) of 43 inches. That's why my aging eyes were happy with it. I was using it just inside the RD value. -When I replaced it with a 30" Apple Cinema 2560x1600 at ~100PPI, I struggled to use this screen at 100-percent because the fonts were too small, and I wound up using it at 125-percent, with the concomitant loss of information (quantity of tracks, busses, etc) on the screen. The RD of that Cinema was 34 inches, and I was far outside of that number with my 42-inch working distance. I then got a 40" Samsung and ran it at UHD 3840x2160, and things got worse, because the RD was now 31-inches. I finally got a 55-inch UHD screen and am happy again at 100-percent. Guess what? A 55-inch UHD 3840x2160 is ~80PPI, and an RD value of 42-inches, just like when I started with the original 28" 1920x1200. The calculator says that the 34" 4K display has an RD of 27-inches. If you work that close, you have a shot.
  20. What audio device are you using? Is it ASIO? Is it shown in the 'Preferences' menu?
  21. Hey all, I need help in developing a signal routing plan for a Vienna Ensemble Pro Server. Up until now, I've had no need to delve into Aux tracks, Patch Points and external routing in CbB. Recently, I've moved my PCIe UAD-2 card to a separate workstation, and have installed Vienna Ensemble Pro 7 in order to use it across the Ethernet network within the studio. So far, I've been able to confirm basic functions of getting signals from the CbB machine, across the Ethernet network to the VEP7 Server, through the desired effects and back into CbB. The sticky part is that I'd like it to work like an External Insert. That would be most convenient for me, in that I can easily choose an bus-style effect like a Delay and put it on a CbB bus, or chose an insert-style effect like a compressor and put it on a track. Since VEP works like a soft-synth, things aren't so straightforward; as the External Insert function in CbB only offers physical outputs in the list, so some creativity is needed. That's where the deep experience of this community can save me lots of pain. I'm sure some of y'all out there have been using VEP6 or VEP7 for soft-synth hosting, and this requirement of mine isn't far off of that usage case. There are no concerns about CPU capacity or link speed (Solarflare SFN5122F 10GbE all around) but there are limitations on how complex the template for instantiating the individual UAD effects would be on the CbB side. Bonus points to suggestions for getting the VEP7 server to run at 2x the CbB project sampling rate. All guidance is very appreciated!
  22. I keep a squeaky toy in my hand to 'mark' false starts, pronunciation, and inflection problems. In that way, I can simply stay in the zone of reading, without doing anything with the keyboard. When reviewing/editing, the squeaks are obvious visual markers, and are easy to spot/correct and splice the good stuff into a glorious contiguous reading performance.
  23. I can easily see how the load of large sample libraries can be a challenge to HDD throughput capability. That's a much more throughput-sensitive and latency-sensitive application than the mere record/playback of multi-track audio. I was simply posting my multi-track recording capture and playback experience using a normal spinning (Seagate 2.5-inch 7200RPM HDD in the laptop) drive. The whole thing with concerts is to reliably get the tracks back home from the venue, and the Lenovo laptop has been stellar in that respect. I would just fire up Waves Tracks Live with all 32 channels enabled (256 sample buffer size) and throw away the silent tracks during import to a DAW (CbB as the favorite) for post-production. The rest of the remote recording chain was a Behringer X32 Core connected to a Midas DL151 and a Behringer SD8. Although it's "tourist info" and not directly pertinent to the primary discussion, I have since acknowledged that >16 tracks remotely was a rare requirement, but having redundancy makes me a more relaxed recordist. (I was prompted into action after a friend told me a horror story of his laptop failing during a concert capture.) To that end, I now have a Midas MR18 and a QSC TouchMix16 connected via microphone splitters capturing 16 channels each. The MR18 records to the laptop, and the QSC records to a native flash drive in a USB port. In the studio, the (rare) low-latency audio requirements are met with an RME MADI ExpressCard in a PCIe slot; it connects to an X-MADI slot in the M32 mixer. My work doesn't often involve soft synths (usually just piano VSTi) , although I'm hoping that possibly I can make some visiting guitar players happy with the palette of amp sims in my machine. I think the description of my perspective on drive requirements puts us in the same harmonious choir.
  24. My normal remote concert recording setup uses a lowly dual-core laptop (Lenovo T400) running a 7200RPM 500GB HDD in a caddy where the DVD normally lives. 32 mono tracks is no challenge for this recording setup for capture and playback. In my studio, I never need more than 24 concurrent tracks for capture, but projects easily grow to 60 tracks through a variety of requirements. Nevertheless, the regular 2TB 7200RPM HDD was the capture and playback device for quite a few years. I do everything at 48K/24-bit, except for audio-only CD projects. I did have to edit a complex instructional CD set that became 300 tracks before all the pieces were in place. That project began to be troublesome after I had more than about 180 tracks on the HDD, so I moved it over to a SATA-II connected 500GB SSD. Since it is convenient, I continue using active audio-only projects on the SATA-II SSD, but other than the extreme track counts that can happen once in a while, there's no compelling demand for SSD to manage audio-only. I reserve my RAID-0 devices (3x 2TB-SSD & 3x 6TB-HDD on an Areca RAID controller) for the video work. I have gobs (~50TB) of backup HDD's, so it's no problem having a relatively small active audio SSD.
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