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  1. I've been an IT professional for over 25 years. AMD are no worse than Intel from a reliability standpoint. We've had both AMD and Intel PCs that have been "lemons" in the past. Never has the problem been due to the brand of CPU. Usually either a hardware fault somewhere else, or a driver or software conflict. We have consumer protection laws where I live and a problem like this, by law, must be rectified within the "expected lifespan" of the device, regardless of the warranty offered by the manufacturer.
  2. Wow! There is so much in this update. You guy have been hard at work! Looking forward to giving it a test drive.
  3. +1 - This is what I found when bringing in tracks from my H6.
  4. I still use the PX64 on almost every project I work on. Something about per-band tube warming in the EQ section just works better than any other tube plug-in I've ever used. I have spent a lot of money on 3rd party plugins, but this is still a go-to for me.
  5. Some useful DAW benchmark info on the Ryzen 3000 series here: https://www.scanproaudio.info/2019/07/12/amd-ryzen-3600-3700x-3900x-dawbench-tested-3-is-it-the-magic-number/
  6. No FB here either. Anything that requires a FB account is avoided like the plague. I'm pleasantly surprised to see how many here feel the same way. Maybe there is hope for the world after all...
  7. Totally off topic, but when I read the title of this thread, I expected to see a picture of Noel Borthwick with his feet up on the desk, sipping on a martini... 😂
  8. When you say hum, is it actually 60 Hz? If it is 60 Hz, no plug-in EMI/RFI filter is going to help you. Is the hum coming from both monitors simultaneously? If the hum is intermittent, I would suspect that maybe the electrolytic filter caps maybe going bad, but this would likely not affect both monitors at the same time. I don't know what monitors you're running, but some of the M-Audio models, like the BX series suffer from poor magnetic shielding of the main power transformer and hum continuously. I would try: Powering up only one monitor at a time - is the hum only in one monitor? Disconnecting all audio connections - do you still get hum? If so it's power supply related - if not, it's likely an earth loop.
  9. Lee has gone from feigning an interest in Sonar to conspiracy theorist over the course of this thread. I can't wait to see where this goes next!
  10. So I read yesterday that one of the changes in Windows 10 build 1903 was that there was a change made to the Windows scheduler to better operate with Ryzen CPUs. I wondered if this might help with the latency issues I have always had on my 1st gen Ryzen 1800 (8-core, 16-thread CPU). I have a MOTU 896 Mk 3 and have never been able to use the lowest latency for the last couple of years. I upgraded to Win 10 build 1903 tonight and loaded up a couple of projects that always glitched badly at the lowest couple of latency settings (64 and 96 samples per buffer). Holy cow! I am seeing the best performance I have ever seen - zero glitches on these projects! The difference is night and day. And, CPU usage is super even among the cores and lower than ever. I am absolutely blown away in how much better Sonar runs on the Ryzen with this particular Windows update. All I can say is that you have a Ryzen-based DAW, do yourself a huge favor and upgrade to build 1903! I was thinking seriously about going back to Intel for my next DAW. I am now convinced that my next rig will be Ryzen based.
  11. OK, so you are sure, but you haven't cited how these other DAWs have dramatically overtaken Sonar (except for maybe AAF support). The Studio One example was one I could give, because it happens to be another DAW that I own, use, and can give a reasoned opinion of. It is also, I believe, one of the main competitors to Sonar, as it seems to me that it was the most common DAWs selected when Gibson closed it doors and Sonar users were looking for alternatives (based on many comments on the Sonar forum at the time). This is what led me to purchase Studio One at the time. You've said that Sonar has stood still while others have move on. I'm keen to know how? Remembering of course that some DAWs have specialist areas of functionality. For instance, Sonar is not going to challenge Abelton anytime soon for live performance. I would also list Studio One's macros as a great workflow advantage over Sonar, but these are cases of one DAW having a specialist, unique tool or feature, rather that a case of one DAW having a much better update cycle than the other. Just interested in learning what I don't know.
  12. Are you sure about that? I note that nearly all of the new features that users are going nuts about in the Studio One 4.5 update have been in Sonar for YEARS. I had to chuckle as I watched the videos on youtube touting the wonderful new features. And in case you think I'm biased, I own a fully paid-up license for Studio One 4.x
  13. Basically, the lower the voltage available to the internal amplifier, the lower impedance you need in the headphones to get reasonable power output (basic Ohms law). The 2i2 is bus powered (5v), so using Ohm's law, the maximum theoretical power you would get from 250 Ohm headphones in this device is about 70mW RMS. At 80 Ohms you have about 220mW and at 30 Ohms, you have about 590mW RMS maximum power. So, for either bus powered or low voltage battery powered devices, I would go for the 30 Ohm set. If you are likely to use them with some other devices too, like mixing desks, etc. 80 Ohm may be a better compromise. The 250 Ohm set would be best suited for purpose-built headphone amplifiers or HiFi systems designed for high impedance cans. In a nutshell, what it comes down to is that the lower the voltage of the amplifier design, the lower in impedance the headphones must be to get enough power for good volume levels (lower impedance means higher current, which means higher power). Too high impedance headphones on a low voltage system results in low volume.
  14. My guess is that you are using your Focusrite as your default Windows audio playback device. I suspect that Windows has set the sample rate to 48K via the WDM driver and therefore, when Sonar tries to change the sample rate to via the ASIO driver 44.1, it can't, as Windows has exclusive access via WDM. The work-around might be to use your computer's onboard audio as the Windows default audio device, then the Focusright will not be set to 48K by Windows. It sounds like Windows and Sonar are fighting over the sample rate.
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