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  1. Yep. Be aware that some Z490 motherboards are active cooled (meaning small high-RPM fan). ie: Gigabyte Z490 Vision D (quality board) looks passive-cooled... but there's a fan under the heatsink. You can hear that tiny fan ramping up with CPU usage. It's high-pitched and annoying. TDP is 125w (about the edge of large/quality air-cooling). Performance of the 10900k is exactly what you'd expect. Take the 9900k, add two more cores (four more processing threads) and increase the clock-speed to 5.3GHz. Fantastic performer. It'll be extremely popular with many DAW users... (super high clock-speed and 20 processing threads).
  2. If you have previous version of Komplete Ultimate, Best Service has Komplete 12 Ultimate Collector's Edition upgrade for $273.09
  3. FWIW, There's no way you're going to want to run a 3970x with a Noctua NH-U14S. Even in push/pull (two fans), it's just not enough to dissipate 280w of heat (and especially not under any type of heavy load). In fact, you don't want to run a NH-U14S with socket 2066 i9 CPUs (much lower TDP of 165w)... for the same reason. Under load, you'd have thermal-throttling of the CPU... which kind of kills the whole point. For the 3970x, I wouldn't consider anything less than a top-quality 360mm AIC. When you're dealing with an active-cooled chipset (small high-RPM fan), to me that doesn't equate to "Whisper Quiet". BTW, the 3950x (Ryzen 9) has much lower TDP of 105w. It'll run just fine with the NH-U14S.
  4. In Cubase, I think that's an issue (no drag/drop) when you're running as an Administrator. Setup a test account (non Admin)... and see if you can then drag/drop. I know this doesn't make a lot of logical sense, but I'm pretty sure it'll work.
  5. The new "Sibilance" feature is (alone) worth the cost of the upgrade. Some really useful improvements...
  6. I haven't seen a single 10980xe actually in-stock anywhere in the US/Canada. Distributors are saying it won't be available in 2020. In heavily multi-threaded scenarios (and at higher ASIO buffer sizes), the 3970x will smoke the 10980xe. When working at super small ASIO buffer sizes (or situations that aren't heavily multi-threaded), the 10980xe will best the 3970x. AMD is winning IPC (instructions per clock). Intel is winning "all core" clock-speed. TDP for the 3970x is 280w. There's no way to build a quiet Threadripper machine. (Requires large AIC and the chipset is active-cooled via small high-RPM fan) This is also partly why there virtually no OC headroom with Threadripper. All core ratio is ~4GHz. If you're hoping for anywhere close to 4.5GHz, you'll be disappointed.
  7. Installed 2020.05 early release Ran BLA and applied the available update CbB now shows v2020.04
  8. Wow! I remember talking with Bruce Richardson (years... maybe decades ago) wanting waveform scaling in Cakewalk/Sonar.
  9. I think the two included basses sound OK (not amazing). It's pretty much the same as EZ Drummer. 😉 EZ Bass allows you to quickly put together a decent sounding (fairly authentic) bass track. I'm no bass player, but I enjoy tracking a real bass. Just have to keep the parts within my... uhh... "ability". LOL Even so, I think EZ Bass is good for sketching out part/song ideas. Next we'll see Superior Bass 1.0 😁
  10. Though not a cheap solution, check out both the Revv D-20 and G-20 lunchbox tube-heads. D-20 - clean to crunch pedal platform G-20 - mini Revv Generator (two channels mid to high gain) Both feature embedded Two Notes Torpedo (reactive load and Cab sim - no physical Cab necessary). Both are tiny and weigh 9 pounds. Both are 20w via a pair of 6V6 power tubes. (I've not been much of a fan of EL84 powered lunchbox heads) You can use Torpedo's onboard Cabs... or load your own Cab IRs (IRs can be up to 100ms in length). Onboard Cabs can mix a pair of mics. You can load/mix two simultaneous Cab IRs. Both amps have a 6 position switch where you can recall Cab/IR presets. You can save/recall many more presets via MIDI or the Torpedo remote software. From reading about the Torpedo Live, I wasn't expecting to like the reactive load or Cab sim. Listened to some D-20 and G-20 demos (mostly Shawn Tubbs)... and decided to get the G-20. The G-20 is one of the best sounding/feeling direct recording solutions I've used (I've owned many). Liked the G-20 so much, I wanted to pick up the D-20... to use with drive pedals. It too is fantastic. Pair the BE-OD Deluxe with the D-20 and you've got classic JCM-800 to higher-gain modded Marshall tones... in a tiny footprint. FWIW, I've owned all the top-tier modeling devices, the Kemper Profiler, and have been using an Axe-FX III. All are capable of good/great sounds. A Friedman BE-100 Deluxe running into a Boss Waza Tube Amp Expander was one of the best direct guitar sounds I've achieved. I'd put the Revv G-20 and D-20 right up there with the BE-100/TAE combo. The size/weight are perfect for the home/office studio.
  11. FWIW, The Omni Channel is actually a very good tool for problem solving. ie: The De-Essers are amazing at reducing acoustic guitar squeaks. I don't even use it for the EQ/Dynamics... 😁
  12. To be fair, Intel has their own issues. ie: Can't seem to actually get the new i9-10980 out to suppliers. Out of stock across the entire US and Canada... and probably not available thru the end of 2020.
  13. Who runs the 9900k at 4.9GHz??? 😉 It'll run all 8 cores locked at 5GHz... with air-cooling... and do so nearly dead-silent. The 3950x (4.7 max turbo) doesn't out-perform the 9900k when working at ultra low latency settings. Using a Presonus Quantum, fire up an instance of Helix Native (patch using dual 2048-sample Cab IRs) running at 96k using a 32-sample ASIO buffer size. That's running Helix Native at ~2ms total round-trip latency. With the 3950x... pops/ticks With the 9900k... audio is glitch-free BTW, The 3700x is ~$90 less than the 9900k. Active-Cooled chipsets Small incompatibilities with AMD (not really AMD's fault) Flaky motherboards (requiring BIOS resets) Some motherboards have no option to disable onboard audio, WiFi, etc To save $90? Not for me or our clients. As I've mentioned 1001 times, Threadripper and Ryzen shine in heavily multi-threaded scenarios (video rendering and at larger buffer sizes). That's when they'll smoke the Intel i9s. In ultra low latency scenarios, Intel bests AMD (clock-speed is the single most important factor). AMD is winning IPC (instructions per clock). Intel is winning at all-core clock-speed. If AMD can get Threadripper's TDP down (currently 280w), that'll allow higher clock-speed. 280w TDP is why AMD can't get Threadripper's all-core clock-speed higher than ~4GHz. Even with 105w TDP, the 3950x can't get all-core clock-speed much more than about 4GHz. If you're used to a super quiet machine, you're not going to like a 3970x build. There's just too much heat to keep it quiet.
  14. Jim Roseberry

    Ampeg or not Ampeg

    I'd go IK on the SVT plugin. I've got the UAD plugin... but don't use it. It's ok.
  15. Jim Roseberry

    Ampeg or not Ampeg

    I remember the first time I saw an SVT (Classic). I said... "there's no way that thing weighs 80 pounds." Then... I lifted it. (Groan) Yep! It weighs 80 pounds. Any classic electric bass into an SVT Classic is (IMO) the definition of rock-bass tone. Great to have... if you have the physical space. Not so great to move/transport...
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