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  1. 2 hours ago, Michael Fogarty said:

    This is my favorite line --"As long as everything is properly functional, it has to work." 


    It's a simple phrase... but certainly true

    Tosklink the the optical port used to carry either Optical S/PDIF or Lightpipe.

    I've used a LOT of different (Tosklink) Lightpipe/Optical-S/PDIF based gear over the past three decades (digital mixers, audio interfaces, external converters, keyboards, etc).  It's always worked.  If something is defective, that's an entirely different matter.


  2. A single Lightpipe connection has enough bandwidth to carry 8-channels of 44.1k/48k audio.

    If you wish to work at 88.2k/96k, many devices allow you to use two Lightpipe ports together (called SMUX).

    IOW, It takes two Lightpipe ports to achieve 8-channels of either input or output at 88.2k or 96k.

    SMUX (88.2k or 96k) is the only reason you'd need two cables for either input or output.


    If the DP88 was setup as word-clock master at 44.1k or 48k:

    • You'd need the DP88's clock setting to be set to Internal
    • You'd need a Toslink cable from the DP88's Toslink output to the MOTU's Toslink Input.
    • Both the DP88 and MOTU Toslink ports would need to be set to Lightpipe (not optical S/PDIF)
    • The MOTU would need to be set to receive word-clock from its Toslink input

    As long as everything is properly functional, it has to work.  

    These principles apply to any combination of gear connected via Lightpipe.

  3. When you're connecting two devices digitally (via Lightpipe), the both must be sharing a single/common clock source.

    That means either the audio interface or the DP88 must be the master clock.

    Once you've decided which is the master... the other unit must look to its Lightpipe input port for word-clock.

    (Word-clock is imbedded in Lightpipe)

    Once both devices are running from a single/common clock, the small pops/ticks will be gone.

    If you try to merge two digital audio streams... each running on a separate clock, you will always experience small pops/ticks/etc.

  4. I've been running an Orion Studio Synergy Core for a few months.

    Absolutely rock-solid

    When connected via Thunderbolt, current Antelope audio interfaces can yield sub 1ms total round-trip latency.

    (Obviously the machine has to be able to keep up with the load... or you'll hear glitches)

    I view the onboard DSP as a bonus (not the primary reason for choosing/using the interface)


    Antelope has a way of over-complicating things (names of products, manuals, etc)

    If you can get beyond that, the interfaces are excellent.

    The onboard DIs and preamps are the best I've heard from any audio interface.

    Ultra low-latency performance is amongst the best currently available.

    Routing/mixing flexibility is similar to RME's Total-Mix (but with more DSP options).

    Converters and clock are (IMO) the best you'll find in any current audio interface.


    Almost all of our professional composer clients are using Antelope audio interfaces.



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  5. 22 hours ago, scook said:

    I upgraded from V 6 this morning using the $149 offer in my account.

    The invoice does not mention SQ80 but the Software Center installed it.

    Later I went into my account to look for the 2 expansion packs and found them along with a few others I forgot.

    It was sorted within 30 to 60 minutes.

    SQ80 sounds pretty good (messed with it for just a couple minutes).

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  6. On 9/5/2021 at 12:35 PM, TheSteven said:

    Interesting, but if I was going to be spending $ in that range I'd go for the the LinnStrument


    Got to meet Roger Linn at GearFest a few years back... and he demo'd the LinnStrument.

    It's an amazingly expressive controller.

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  7. On 8/8/2021 at 9:41 AM, DeeringAmps said:

    Yes, I got that.
    Perhaps @Jim Roseberrywill chime in and let us know if the m.2 can be partitioned and maintain its "lightening fast" performance.
    Most of us are "hobbyists" (me included), so I can understand the need/desire to keep it simple/affordable.
    For me, the OS has got to be kept to as "light" footprint as possible, if for no other reason, to keep imaging the C drive a manageable task...
    (time and space)

    With a SSD, it's the finite number of writes that is somewhat a concern.

    For many scenarios, you won't be writing enough to the SSD to bump into the issue.

    In a scenario where you're using a single M.2 for the OS, projects, audio files, and sample libraries... you're much more likely bump into the finite number of writes.


    The (obvious) advantage of a custom machine is that you can make it exactly what's needed; no major compromises.

    I agree with your advice above.

    I'd want separate drives dedicated to OS, Projects/Audio, and Samples.

    If making heavy use of samples, multiple SSDs dedicated to that purpose.

    If using something like Keyscape (where the C7 piano loads S--L--O--W), I'd want that on a fast M.2 Ultra SSD.

    M.2 for OS drive is (IMO) a waste.  Win10 loads/runs plenty fast on a SATA SSD.


    If you're writing a lot to a SSD (especially if it's doing triple-duty as the M.2 example above), make absolute sure you have a backup.


    The M1 Mac Mini uses a M.2 SSD as its one and only internal drive.

    Early on, there were issues with the M1 Mini constantly writing massive amounts of data to the VM Swapfile.

    This was particularly concerning... as the internal SSD could have reached the maximum number of writes in well under 2 years.

    Apple addressed the issue in an OSX update, but the M1 still relies heavily on writing to the VM Swapfile.


    SSDs are tools to be used. 

    Most folks will replace a SSD long before hitting the finite number of writes. 

    If you're in a more extreme use scenario, be aware of the limitation and periodically check the health of the drive.

    Have proper backup; use SSD/s as needed


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  8. 18 minutes ago, Paul Young said:

    I remember their SUB series which was an affordable MIA line they had to drop because of costs.  I did score a reduced SUB 5 bass for $500 over 10 years ago.  These might be collector items.  It's like wearing a railroad tie.

    MusicMan makes great instruments.


    About 10 years back, I bought a pair of Silhouette guitars (HH with FR Trem).

    They were blue and green translucent finished... with Ash bodies.

    Weight was about 7.5 lbs for each

    Nice looking, playing, sounding guitars.

    Can't give a good reason why I sold them.

    I got them new from GC for ~$1600 each.

    Those same guitars today would be ~$3500 each.

    MusicMan prices have gotten to the point where they're about even with PRS Core series.


    Love MusicMan Stingray basses.

    Some of the best (IMO) you can get.

    Live... they just work so well.


    The US made Sub series may already be collectable.

    If not already, I'm sure they will be at some point.



  9. In Windows 10 v1703 and later, there's a command line application (MBR2GPT.exe) that'll convert the boot drive from MBR to GPT (without losing data).

    It's located in the Windows\System32

    You can also use a 3rd-party (paid) application called AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional ($50)


    Before proceeding, make sure you have proper backup and read up on the necessary steps.

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  10. 1 hour ago, Zo said:

    Jim when you say 10 do you include 10.5 ? 

    Thks for the infos !!

    Hi Zo,

    Yes, With version 11... I'm finding performance at ultra low latency is less prone to ASIO peak buffer overloads.

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  11. 1 hour ago, LAGinz said:

    Which Friedman amp, if I’m looking for more classic rock than metal?

    Dirty Shirly or the BE-100

    BE-100 is extremely versatile (real amp or model)

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  12. FWIW, I've noticed that Cubase 11's ultra-low latency performance is a significant improvement vs. version 10.

    ie:  With version 11, I can run Helix Native at 96k using a 32-sample ASIO buffer size (1ms total round-trip latency)... with zero glitches.

    Version 10 was more prone to ASIO buffer peak overloads (glitches).

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  13. On 6/26/2021 at 8:39 AM, Alan Tubbs said:

    I am reviewing the new RND Orbit 5057 summing mixer

    Hope it works well for you!

    I had a 5059 Summing Mixer.  Loved the sound and flexibility

    Couldn't get over the fan noise... so I returned it.

  14. Looks like MS is talking later 2021 into 2022 for the Windows 11 upgrade roll-out.


    If you're not wanting to be a beta-tester, don't be an early adopter.

    There will be early issues that'll need driver updates, software patches, Windows updates, etc.

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  15. 22 minutes ago, Paul Young said:

    They can also prematurely fail. 

    I'm aware of that...¬†¬†ūüėĀ

    If you deal with enough quantity, you see a percentage of defective parts... across all computer components.

    Lately, and I think this is somewhat related to manufacturing during the pandemic, I've seen a higher percentage of defective Intel CPUs.

    The rate is still extremely low... but it's more common today than several years back.


  16. 18 minutes ago, Hugh Mann said:

    how long would you estimate an ssd on an Apple M1 could last? Do you consider the constant writing to be an issue to be worried about? 

    Using the Samsung 980 as an example (popular/good NMVe SSDs):

    250GB version is warranted for 150-TBW (terabytes written) or 5 years (whichever comes first).


    I've seen reports where M1 Macs were writing ~0.682TB of data per day to the onboard SSD. 

    If the onboard SSD has the same specs as the Samsung 980, it could potentially fail after ~220 days.


    You should have a backup of your boot drive (no matter what you're running).

    With that backup in hand, I'd not get overly obsessed about it.

    It's a tool.  Tools are meant to be used.

    Of course, it's a whole lot easier to replace the boot drive in a PC (vs the M1 MBP, MBA, and Mini).


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  17. Modern SSDs often have 1.5 million hours MTBF (or better).

    It's the number of writes that people are worried about... as those are finite. 

  18. Yes, the DAW has to allocate resources for many additional I/O channels, etc.

    But it doesn't consume the same amount of RAM as using separate/unique sample libraries.


    Let's say your lean OS install idles at ~3.1GB RAM

    Fire up Studio One Pro v5 with an empty project... and you're at 4.3GB

    Add a single instance of Kontakt 6 (empty - no libraries loaded)... and you're at 4.5GB

    Load The Grandeur into the single Kontakt 6 instance... and you're at 4.8GB

    Load a second instance of Kontakt 6 with an instance of The Grandeur.

    You've now got two instances of Kontakt 6... each with The Grandeur loaded... RAM use is now 4.9GB.


    If you load the same two instances of Kontakt 6... load The Grandeur in the first... and The Maverick in the second... RAM use is 5.2GB.

    Both piano libraries are a bit over 7GB in total size.



    I'll liken the situation to testing drive speed.

    Let's say the drive you want to benchmark has 128MB cache.

    • What happens if you benchmark with a 32MB file?
    • What happens if you benchmark with a 1GB file?

    With the 32MB file, you'll be testing the speed of the cache.¬† ¬†ūüėČ

    With the 1GB file, you'll circumvent the caching... and get the actual speed of the drive.



    Load up 20-30 libraries that are similar in size to The Grandeur (but each a unique separate library).

    Report back with the RAM use and RAM Pressure graph.

    I pushed the 16GB M1 Mini ridiculously hard... and it did a pretty remarkable job.

    The RAM caching, compression, etc allow you to squeeze a lot out of 16GB RAM.

    That said, if you really push it... the RAM Pressure went thru the roof... and it took a LONG time for this type of project to fully load, RAM to be compressed/cached/etc.

    It's not ideal in a heavy load workstation type scenario... and (to me) not a real substitute for having enough physical RAM for your largest projects.

    To be fair, Apple doesn't market the machine for that type of use.

    For what it is (small form-factor, inexpensive, silent), it's a nice machine.

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