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  1. 6 hours ago, jackson white said:

    Gone down a similar path wrt boxes, etc, but find the bass+setup itself makes a difference.

    Set-up is indeed important... but not the crux of what I'm describing.

    Fender passive style basses sound weak/anemic when run thru cheap DI boxes.

    Run the same exact bass thru a Neve Shelford or Portico-II... and the sound is just there (larger, more aggressive - no struggle).

    If the source DI bass track sounds weak/anemic, it's harder to seat that in a mix.


    Bass>Neve>1176 results in a bass track that requires little to no post processing.

    BTW, the Klark Teknik 1176 clone sounds/works great (inexpensive).


    Lots of folks use the A-Designs Reddi Box for similar reasons.

    Sounds similar to using an Ampeg B15.



  2. 44 minutes ago, Maestro said:

    No.  It's really not.

    Bloatware is generally defined as unwanted software.

    Since Win10 was released, I've yet to have a single client who's wanted Cortana enabled/running.

    Ironically, a friend of mine worked on Cortana.  Tim Noonan is a great guy, great musician, and super sharp.



  3. 8 minutes ago, Bruno de Souza Lino said:

    Is the answer 'no' because of Linux itself or because Line 6 doesn't support Linux? It's because of the latter. If you could, theoretically you could run at 8 samples in 96k. RME cards can do that in Linux and are fully supported.

    In the end, it doesn't matter "why"... the reality is the same.

    It can't be done.

    All those top-notch virtual instruments/effects are simply not available.

    One could fantasize about an OS far more dedicated/optimized for DAW purposes.

    BeOS was one such promising OS.  No profit.  No development.  No future.


    The DAW using market is extremely small.

    The Linux DAW using community is a tiny percentage of that.

    It's not economically feasible for companies like Native Instruments, UA, Line-6, etc to spend massive development hours on such a small niche.



  4. 3 minutes ago, Maestro said:

    1.  Windows isn't any more or less bloated than a typical Linux desktop system, especially if you're getting a user on something that installs a full system without them having to cherry pick which packages to install (half of them with horrible descriptions, and tons of -devel crap in the list).  Have you ever seen the amount of crap Fedora, OpenSUSE, and other Desktop Distros install onto a system?  Windows is lightweight compared to that.  Ubuntu does install a relatively compact system, but last time I tried it I had to go and install about 50 dependencies just to install actual software I wanted to use onto the system.

    Windows also uses about as much RAM on a fresh boot as macOS and a Linux Distro.  Linux Graphical Desktop distros often use more, unless you start tweaking the system to "remove the bloat."  Same with disk space, and Microsoft has been decreasing that by quite a bit by getting rid of old code and optimizing other parts.  There was a Windows 10 release that literally gave users back gigabytes of disk space.  Windows is pretty efficient, especially now.

    Keep in mind, Windows NT is not the same as the Windows 9x systems that Linux came onto the scene competing against.  Everything changed after XP [practically] obsoleted those old Windows releases.

    2.  There's nothing dumbed-down about Windows.  If you want to script or use a more powerful command shell, it has that option.  PowerShell.  There is more than enough for a power user there.  The main difference between Windows and [especially earlier] Linux Desktop Distros is that it was designed to be highly intuitive and consistent.  Windows software general adheres to CUA standards, so common keyboard shortcuts are consistent across applications.  Menus are arranged relatively consistently across general purpose applications.  Iconography is more consistent.  All of this makes the system easier to use, and more productive to use, in fact.


    FWIW, You don't have to convince me about the virtues of Windows 10.  😉

    I'm quite aware of them...

    I've built custom Windows DAWs professionally for going on 30 years.

    As a Cakewalk user, I go all the way back to Pro Audio 4.0 (first version that could record audio).


    As to "bloated" and "dumbed-down", that's a matter of opinion/perspective.

    To cover such a vast user-base, Win10 (by default) has to be more broad-based compared to OSX.

    Note, I'm not an Apple fan... so no need to get into the downsides of OSX.

    How many folks complain that they can't disable Automatic Updates?  

    How many people complain about Cortain, OneDrive, etc (extraneous, annoying components)?

    Less tech-savvy users often don't know/realize these things can all be disabled.

    Once reined-in, Win10 is a fine DAW platform.

  5. 14 hours ago, Bruno de Souza Lino said:

    I don't see Windows offering any kernels specifically made for real time operation or something that comes even close to the flexibility and features JACK has.

    Do you have all the plugins you get in Windows and MacOS? No. In fact, Linux has the opposite problem. Not only you have plugins, you actually have too many plugins. A standard Ardour installation with the regular set of plugins you install from packages can have anything between 300 and 2000 plugins in total.


    Can you run Helix Native under any Linux kernel at 96k using a 16-sample buffer size (sub 1ms total round-trip latency)?

    The answer is, no.


    You may have 2000 plugins... but you don't have anywhere close to the best plugins available.

    Can you run Keyscape, Omnisphere, Kontakt with advanced/scripted libraries, Waves plugins, UAD plugins, SSL plugins, etc (all native)???

    The answer is, no.


    Without profit/competition, you're not going to see massive development.

    Witness the recent CPU boom we're encountering.  Competition is bringing out the best in AMD and Intel.

  6. 14 hours ago, Starship Krupa said:

    AVLinux, hadn't heard of it. Is it better than Ubuntu Studio for things like Ardour and Waveform.

    @Jim Roseberry, I use Windows, but I think the "fascination" for doing DAW work in Linux is that people trying it really prefer Linux (as I have long preferred Windows). Some people still say the same thing about doing DAW work in Windows. As you say, going back 20 years, remember how Mac users at best thought it was "cute" that people were actually trying to run Photoshop or any DAW or NLE in Windows? Linux people may be tired of dealing with Microsoft the way that I am tired of dealing with Apple, who have been shafting A/V software developers for years.

    And we're not all pros. Some of us are home music hobbyists, some seldom record audio and work entirely "in the box." And part of the fun of the hobby is that I can be mixing in Cakewalk on something like my hand-me-down 10-year-old notebook. Recording with 16 inputs of Firewire interfaces whose drivers go back to Windows 7.

    I get that in your line of work, or one of them, the customers for your (superbly, by reports) integrated systems just want it to work, flawlessly, with no trouble, no tinkering, and are willing to pay. I'm kind of the opposite, my system upgrades are when someone is giving away a computer, then I do the work of turning it into a usable DAW. I enjoy the tinkering part too.

    Can't disagree with anything you're saying...

    I've done "Hackintosh" builds... for the fun of it (like solving a puzzle).

    We have clients who are still running RME Fireface 400/800 audio interfaces... which are ~15 years old.


    The issue most folks have with Windows 10 is that it's a "universal" (all encompassing) OS.

    Supporting such a wide group of end-users, it's bloated and a bit "dumbed-down" (for less tech-savvy users).

    Thus, (by default) we have Cortana, Automatic Updates, lots of applications running in the background, etc.

    Of course, the flip side of being a more universal OS is that it drives prices down (OS, hardware, software, etc).

    Microsoft grew into a massive company... with massive (over) exposure... generating massive revenue.

    The "man with the big cigar" (in their realm)...


    Regarding Linux:

    If you take most of the profit away, you also take away competition and desire to develop.

    Competition drives development.  (Look at the CPU progress were now encountering).

    You've got wide-open potential... with little structure/oversight

    A bit like the Wild West




  7. 56 minutes ago, Sander Verstraten said:

    I'd love to try some music making under Linux. But since I am running a Roland Octacapture it's a no go.

    FWIW, I really don't get the fascination with running a DAW under Linux.

    It's literally like taking a 20+ year step back in  time.

    We waited for decades to have the processing power, plugins, and virtual-instruments currently available under Windows.


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  8. If you're dealing with large number of large files (and especially if you're not running 1Gb Internet), Cloud based storage is a bit impractical.

    Also note that scheduling and sync services constantly running is not ideal on a DAW.

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  9. I struggled for years to get good DI recordings of Fender style (passive) electric-bass.

    The sound was clean/clear... but "anemic".

    Tried numerous SansAmp racks/boxes, Solo-610, and many other DI options... but the sound was never what I had hoped.

    Finally decided to invest in a couple Neve channel-strips.  Boom!  There's the sound I struggled so long trying to achieve.

    The bass has clarity/definition... and authority.


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  10. 1 hour ago, Finnbogi Ragnar Ragnarsson said:

    It's a strange situation but I saw them last year going down to around 120 dollars. Still ebay is the typical opportunist haven, so the prices there are unfair and unrealistic, but local facebook groups or sites are a better bet.

    There was a massive rush this holiday season (along with Covid).

    Almost impossible to find higher-end video cards (and power-supplies) actually in-stock.

    Huge demand and almost no supply results in unusually high cost.

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  11. 1 hour ago, Grem said:

    I would have to disagree here. I believe a PC offers a better experience in the long run. He will use that PC for more than just gaming. 

    I don't disagree with what you're saying.

    There's just no way to build a "healthy" gaming PC for under $1k.

    • RTX-3070 is $750
    • RTX-3060ti is $500

    Right now, it's hard to find any mid/high level GTX/RTX video card in-stock.


    FWIW, I just got done building a high-end gaming prototype machine.

    It's got the best of everything in it.

    Cost as much as a nice PRS guitar.  🤪

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  12. For a gaming machine, clock-speed is the single most important factor.

    Intel is currently offering higher clock-speed than AMD.

    Clock-speed (and extremely low latency) is Ryzen/Threadripper's (3xxx series) Achilles Heel.

    The new 5950x (Vermeer) is a much better performer at ultra low latency... but it's extremely hard to find in-stock... and it's an $800 CPU.


    Aside from CPU,  video card is extremely important.

    Right at this moment, it's hard to find high-end GTX/RTX video cards actually in-stock.

    If you find one, grab it immediately.  Our distributor received a shipment of 140 RTX-3070 video cards ($750 each)... and they were gone in two days.

    As a point of reference, running Forza Horizon 4 (racing sim):

    • 1080p at 60-fps - RTX-3070 running ~30%
    • 4k at 60-fps - RTX-3070 running ~50%


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  13. 3 minutes ago, Bruno de Souza Lino said:

    I find a bit odd that the quad cortex has almost the same ui the helix does.

    One advantage to being "late to the game" is knowing the strengths/weaknesses of competing devices.

    Neural has "cherry picked" some of the best features from Helix, Kemper, Axe-FX, and HeadRush.

    To my ears, it sounds like their "capture" procedure may result in even more realistic "profiles" than the Kemper.

    Keep in mind the Kemper is what... 11 years old?!  Amazing that it's still viable.

  14. Sad to know he's gone.

    What a nice tribute he wrote (describing his life and being thankful for both his career and those he's worked with).

    Think about the talent level in the Elektrik Band.  

    At the time, the best modern jazz players on the planet.

  15. 25 minutes ago, SteveStrummerUK said:

    I 've had a Kemper for years and have been mostly very happy with it. I had been looking at getting an AXE-FX III, but having done a bit of YouTube research (and having read the manual cover to cover) it seems the QC seems to offer just about everything the Axe does, but for half the price.


    QC seems to be a nice "cherry-picked" feature set of Helix, Axe-FX, Kemper.

    I'll grab one from Sweetwater (when they're actually available).


    The Mooer G300 can also load "profiles/captures".  

    You have to use an iPad to create the captures (a bit of a pain)... but it works.

    Our local SamAsh had one used for $550... so I grabbed it to test.

    Sounds a whole lot better than you'd expect (given cost and being MIC).

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  16. AMD has finally gotten their ultra low latency performance together with the new Vermeer (5xxx) series.

    I've got a 5950x based DAW (I'm typing on it right now).


    The 10900kwill out-perform the 5950x when it comes to ultra low latency performance (example below).

    In heavily multi-threaded scenarios (video rendering), the 5950x will significantly best the 10900k.


    Lets say you want to run Helix Native (plugin version of the Line-6 Helix guitar processor)... at latency equal to or lower than the hardware version (which is 2ms).

    When it comes to ultra low round-trip latency, the Presonus Quantum is as good as it gets.

    Set Quantum to 96k using a 32-sample ASIO buffer size.  This results in 1ms total round-trip latency.

    Load Helix Native and create a significant patch using two 2048-sample Cab IRs, delay, reverb, etc.

    The 5950x is the first AMD CPU to be able to sustain this ultra low latency scenario completely glitch-free.

    With the Threadripper 3970x, you'll experience glitches.

    Needless to say, this is excellent performance.

    With the 10900k, you can actually set the ASIO buffer size down to 16-samples (sub 1ms round-trip latency)... and it'll sustain the load glitch-free.

    It's the first CPU we've tested that could actually do this...


    The 10900k is a $500 CPU.

    The 5950x is a $800 CPU.


    Competition benefits all of us.







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  17. Unless you're a beta-tester or "influencer", you don't have a Quad Cortex (haven't started shipping).

    Pete Thorn has done an excellent demonstration video...as has Rabea Massaad.

    The QC is going to be another great guitar modeler/profiler option (along with Helix, AxeFX, Kemper, etc).

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  18. On 2/9/2021 at 12:13 AM, Clovis Ramsay said:

    Ok, so what you are really saying is that Macs are better? ....or nah?  Because it kinda seems like that is what you are saying or perhaps, hinting too in a way....

    As we folks down yonder in the south would say to ya is..."you cant squeeze blood out of a turnip!"

    That's not what I'm saying in any way/shape/form.  😉

    We deal with many Mac users who simply can't get the speed/configuration they need to run large scoring templates.

    The solution is a well-configured custom PC DAW.  Exactly what they need... nothing more... nothing less

    Windows 10 is a fine DAW platform... once fully reined-in.


    If you watch any popular TV series, you're hearing scoring work that's using a PC.

    Danny Lux, Timothy Wynn, Fred Coury, etc...

    The top LA based composers meet once a month for dinner... to discuss all things technology and music.

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