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Jim Roseberry

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  1. Windows 10 is a fine mature DAW platform. We've got many DAW using clients running it (including professional composers/engineers/musicians). You need to be diligent with backups (should be doing that anyway)... and it certainly helps to have the Pro version (Group Policy Editor and Registry tweaks to stop all Automatic-Updates. Once reined-in, there's no issue at all with Win10 for DAW (or video) purposes. If you want to run Thunderbolt (using "PCIe via Thunderbolt" for PCIe level performance), you have to be running Win10. Microsoft doesn't support "PCIe via Thunderbolt" under Win7.
  2. Hi Bill, Was tied up yesterday. Give me a call today... and I'll remote-in and get the situation resolved. 😉
  3. Win10 is an excellent DAW platform (once reined-in). The Pro version is helpful in this regard... as the Group Policy Editor makes it quick/easy to disable Cortana, OneDrive, etc. With the Pro version, you can also add two Registry entries that'll stop all Automatic Updates (including notification). Win10 boots extremely fast here (not slower than Win7). Modern Z390 and X299 motherboards boot fast. Use an SSD as boot drive... and the machine boots extremely fast. When applying major updates, check to be sure DAW tweaks are maintained. Settings like Fast Startup... and power-management features (that were disabled) can be re-enabled by some updates.
  4. We were going to stay most of Saturday... but the wife and I were exhausted after being there for 12 hours Friday. Stayed until about Noon on Saturday... and headed home. This year was more crowded than the past several. I'm guessing 15,000 people. Paul Alfery (one of my clients) was doing demos for Music Group. Was great to meet him and talk shop. Wanted to get to both of Craig Anderton's seminars... but unfortunately missed them both. Got to speak with Craig for a few minutes while we were outside perusing the Presonus tent. Even tech-savvy folks learn from Craig; always something to add to your work/methods. Sweetwater puts on a great event. This year was no exception.
  5. I wasn't referring specifically to the 3950x... (just meant in general that's what I'd like to see from either company) 😉 Unless there's been a radical change, there's no way the 3950x will do 5GHz across all 16 cores. Thus far, Ryzen has had limited over-clocking ability. I doubt the 3950x will do full boost clock speed (4.7GHz) across all 16 cores. If it can... then we've got some serious competition. If the 3950x averages ~4GHz for each core, (to me) that's not overly exciting. I want to see the performance envelope pushed. ðŸĪŠ
  6. The opportunity to meet and talk with Craig Anderton, Roger Linn, Paul Reed Smith, etc.... is something I look forward to each year. If you decide to make the trip, hit me up Saturday and we'll meet up for a moment.
  7. Competition between AMD/Intel is good for all involved. It'll drive performance up... and costs lower. I want to see 5GHz clock-speed across all 16+ cores... and (with proper cooling) I'd like it to run near dead-silent. 😁
  8. Of course it depends on the software (and scenario)... but we've got numerous professional composer clients running the i9-9980xe... and those 18 cores are getting used. 😉 These users are running massive scoring templates... which can be significantly more demanding than more traditional recording/mixing scenarios. The perfect scenario is to have highest clock-speed , maximum number of cores available, and Hyper-Threading (Simultaneous Multi-Threading in AMD speak). BTW, Nice guitar in the avatar!
  9. To elaborate a bit more... CPU core performance gain doesn't scale 1:1. IOW, Doubling the number of CPU cores doesn't double performance. Having more cores is certainly beneficial... but not at the expense of significant clock-speed. This is why Xeon CPUs are typically a significant performance hit (due to their significantly slower clock-speed). If the 3950x can run all 16 cores at max boost speed, that's when it gets exciting. At $500, Intel has a great performer in the i9-9900k. Since its release, I don't recommend socket 2066 i9... unless you're going for the 9940x or better. The exception would be hard-core composers who specifically need 128GB RAM.
  10. 1. Clock-speed 2. Cores Your disk speed will determine the number of simultaneous tracks you can run. If you're working at 44.1k or 48k, a conventional HD can sustain over 100 solid/contiguous tracks. IOW, It's probably not much of a limitation. 😉 If you're working at 192k, you'll want the extra speed of SSD. As a point of reference: Conventional HD sustains ~200MB/Sec SATA SSD sustains ~540MB/Sec M.2 Ultra SSD sustains ~3500MB/Sec With SATA SSD and M.2 Ultra SSD, we don't configure many RAID setups these days. Last RAID setup we did was for a client who was using EWSO (allowed only a single drive location for the entire library). This client needed heavy disk-streaming polyphony... so we put a pair of SATA SSDs in RAID-0. Net result was a single drive location... that sustained ~1000MB/Sec. Keep in mind that M.2 Ultra SSDs (using four PCIe lanes) weren't available at that time.
  11. Hi Todd, I believe most of the presentations are ~1 hour long. There are so many great seminars (many simultaneous), you won't be able to catch them all. Craig Anderton's seminars are always great. You'll definitely walk out having gained some new insights. The all-star concerts are a great time.
  12. 😂 I can relate. Last year, I splurged on a Private Stock PRS. The single best guitar I've ever touched. It was quite an experience. Had them pull three of the best... and put me in a private room where I could actually hear them (impossible on the floor with all the kids banging on guitars/amps). Don Carr walked in while I was playing. I should have stopped and had him play (exceptional guitar player). 😉 Checkout on Saturday was actually quite stressful (even with heavy discount from GearFest, it was a substantial chunk). Told the wife I wouldn't be repeating that scenario this year.
  13. Keep in mind that the $500 i9-9900k (socket 1151) also beats the i9-9980xe (socket 2066) in single-core performance. The i9-9900k can be run with all 8-cores locked at 5GHz (highest boost frequency). At that point, the 9900k is an extremely formidable DAW CPU. CPUs with higher numbers of cores (16+) typically can't run all cores locked at the highest boost frequency (AMD and Intel). The base clock-speed of the 3950x is 3.5GHz. the base clock-speed of the 9900k is 3.6GHz. The base clock-speed of the 9980xe is 3GHz. If the 3950x can't run more than one core at 4.7GHz, we'll pretty much see similar DAW performance (scaled up a bit) to that of the original Ryzen. IOW, It'll be particularly good for heavily multi-threaded applications (video rendering)... but won't best the 9900k for most DAW applications. Not all processes in a DAW can be multi-threaded. This is why highest clock-speed is still the single most important factor. Things like playing/monitoring in realtime thru an AmpSim plugin using a 32-sample ASIO buffer size (extremely low round-trip latency) don't lend themselves to being heavily multi-threaded. It's great to see some real competition from AMD. We'll certainly test the 3950x. If all 16 cores can run rock-solid stable at 4.7GHz (and do so quietly), AMD has a contender. If it's essentially one or two cores at 4.7GHz... then it's much less exciting (for DAW purposes). If you're running a Thunderbolt audio interface, Thunderbolt-3 is new for X590 motherboards.
  14. Do you have everything in the studio powered from a single outlet? If not, I'd start there... to try and avoid ground-loops.
  15. August Zadra is a really talented singer and guitar player. Sounds great as Tommy!
  16. The wife and I are going. It's a great time (especially the all-star concerts)... and it's pretty cool to talk to folks like Roger Linn, Craig Anderton, Paul Reed Smith, etc. Last year, Paul Reed Smith thought I was Tommy Shaw (that was awkward for a moment). 😉 My wife told Neal Schon that story... and he laughed and told her he's been telling Paul he needs new glasses.
  17. I started DAW life with a pair of Turtle Beach Tahiti audio interfaces. Originally planed to run Quad Studio... which turned out to be awful (in every way/shape/form). Moved to using S.A.W. and Cakewalk Pro Audio...
  18. I'd give it a whirl... I'd only been using the Portico-II to record tracks. Just recently started using it to mix... and it's a really nice option (in addition to plugins).
  19. Try a higher quality USB cable. I've seen poor quality USB cables cause "digital hash" or noise issues.
  20. When it's time for your next CPU, keep mind that many operations in a DAW can't be multi-threaded. ie: Playing thru an AmpSim plugin at a 32-sample ASIO buffer size is not something that lends itself to being heavily multi-threaded. Highest clock-speed is still the most important factor for DAW purposes. There's good competition from AMD... and that's pushing Intel to release faster/less-expensive CPUs. The i9-9900k (~$500) is a great example. 8 cores (can all be locked at 5GHz) 16 processing threads With quality air-cooler, it runs near dead-silent For most purposes, it takes about a $1400 CPU to best the 9900k. My long-winded point is that (whenever the time is right), I'd examine what's available from both companies. Just make sure you don't sacrifice significant clock-speed to gain more CPU cores. We run into many folks who've mistakenly assumed the Xeon CPUs (because more expensive and used in corporate servers) are a better choice for a DAW. With significantly slower clock-speed, a Xeon CPU results in a significant performance hit (for DAW purposes). Glad to hear performance is smoother with the Ryzen 1800. I built an 1800 based machine (for test purposes) a good while back. Noticed small issues from software not being fully optimized for AMD. ie: Boost 11 (in one of the Cakewalk demo projects) was causing a clicking noise that almost sounded like digital-clipping. Same exact project... played off the same hardware (using Intel CPU/motherboard) had no issue with clicks/etc.
  21. Currently mixing a project for a client. Most of the more "surgical" EQ I've done in-the-box. I've got the Portico-II wired to both send/receive audio (to/from my audio interface). With TotalMix, I can use the Portico-II almost like a plugin (albeit I have to ultimately record the result as an audio track).
  22. The new SSL SiX is about half the cost of the Neve... and it's fantastic (albeit a different flavor than Neve). Warm Audio makes the WA-73 (Neve 1073 clone with pre-amp and three-band EQ)... which is ~$800. The GAP Pre-73 is a 1073 pre-amp clone (no EQ/dynamics) I wouldn't recommend lower-end channel-strips... as they're not much better than a typical Mackie channel. The GAP Pre-73 is a pretty decent pre-amp... but there's no EQ/dynamics.
  23. Sounds pretty good to me... Still wish you could create your own Rig Profiles.
  24. If you don't have the full version of Melodyne, Cubase's "Vari-Audio" is great for tightening intonation.
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