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  1. 1 hour ago, Paul Young said:

    Wishful thinking.  Intel is overpriced. 

    There will never be high demand for "vintage" (old) CPUs.   


    I don't know if I'd agree that Intel is overpriced.

    Overpriced compared to what?

    I paid less for a i9-9900k than I did for a P2-266 ~23 years.


    AMD is great in some areas (heavily multi-threaded applications)... and weak in others (extremely low latency audio).

    The new 10900k is $600... and all 10 cores will run locked at 5300MHz... and it'll do so running quietly with quality air-cooling.

    You won't get all-core clock-speed anywhere close to that with AMD (or socket 2066 Intel for that matter).

    TDP for the 10900k is 125w

    That's about the top end for a quiet air-cooled machine.


    Threadripper has TDP of 280w... and (if you use PCIe 4.0 to get crazy fast M.2 Ultra SSD speeds), you've got an active-cooled chipset (tiny high-RPM fan).

    With TDP of 280w and active-cooled chipset, there's no such thing as a quiet Threadripper build (unless you allow it to thermal-throttle - which defeats the whole point).

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  2. FWIW, The 10900k is pretty nice.

    10 cores all locked at 5.3GHz is a formidable machine.

    It's slightly louder than the 9900k (which is extremely quiet with all 8 cores all running at 5GHz).

    Given the two extra cores... and higher clock-speed... this is what you'd expect.


    If you compare the 10700x vs. the 9900k, that's where I'd take the 9900k.

    Lower TDP (95w vs 125w)... and essentially the same number of cores/clock-speed.

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  3. 54 minutes ago, RSMcGuitar said:

    I'll be upgrading to a 10700k. I have Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 and from everything I've read, heat won't really be an issue at all.

    10900k will run slightly hotter than the 10700k... and is (under heavy load)... right about the limit of what you'd want with air-cooling.

    ie: The 10900k's that we've tested/used have been able to run all 10 cores locked at 5.3GHz.  That's about the limit of quality air-cooling.   😉

    Assuming you also want the machine to run quiet (not like a vacuum cleaner)...   

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  4. You can run a 10900k with quality/large air-cooling.

    It's right about the limit of those coolers.


    You can't run a 10980xe (under load) with quality/large air-cooling (gets too hot under heavy loads).


    There's no way you can run Threadripper 3970x with large/quality air-cooling. 

    Well... you can... but the CPU will thermal-throttle (defeating the whole purpose)

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  5. 10th gen Intel Comet Lake CPUs:

    • TDP = 125w 


    9th gen Intel Coffee Lake CPUs:

    • TDP = 95w


    Socket-2066 Intel Cascade Lake CPUs:

    • TDP = 165w


    AMD Ryzen-9 CPUs:

    • TDP = 105w


    AMD Threadripper CPUs:

    • TDP = 280w


    If you go AMD, it sure isn't going to help with TDP.

    This is partly why there's essentially no OC headroom on modern AMD CPUs.

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  6. 17 hours ago, Keni said:

    Also I was fooled expecting a Kawai piano which of course it doesn't have...

    The K1 does have 8-Bit piano samples.

    They sound terrible...   😁 

    Never could get a decent acoustic piano sound out of it.

  7. On 7/5/2020 at 3:05 AM, Starship Krupa said:

    Then I got busy with MIDI-Ox and saw that some silly bugger had programmed the thing to basically panic button every time the player lifts. Probably the same dork responsible for the joystick not being able to transmit MIDI (oh the sadness).

    The "All-Notes-Off" message used to drive me crazy.  🤪


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  8. Had a K1 and a K5m... and later a K4.

    Made extensive use of all three.

    K5 had some amazing horn sounds.

    K4 had 16Bit samples... and filter (in the vein of Korg's M1 but scaled back cost).

  9. 2 hours ago, DeeringAmps said:

    more importantly, how does CbB score?

     I could care less about Cubase or S1. Reaper, if CbB ever fails...

    FWIW, I wasn't trying to give a detailed comparison between ultra-low latency performance... just show that Cubase and Studio One weren't using the same audio engine.

    IME, If running Helix Native under circumstances I mentioned above (96k using a 32-sample ASIO buffer size), Studio One out-performs CbB.

    To put things into perspective:

    • DP10 is one of the worst performers at ultra low latency
    • Cubase 10.5 is slightly better than DP10
    • CbB is slightly better than Cubase
    • Reaper is better than CbB

    At higher ASIO buffer sizes, performance differences tend to be less dramatic.

    Reaper is overall the most CPU efficient PC DAW application.

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  10. Studio One Pro 4 and Cubase 10.5 absolutely do not have the same audio engine.

    Studio One has significantly better performance at extremely small ASIO buffer sizes.


    Quick/Easy test:

    Using Presonus Quantum as an audio interface, you can set the ASIO buffer size down to 32-samples (at 96k).

    That results in round-trip latency of 1ms.  

    Load Helix Native (with a patch using 2 Cab IRs for substantial load) into both Cubase 10.5 and Studio One Pro 4.

    Play thru Helix Native and monitor the resultant audio in realtime (heavy load on the CPU).

    • If you have a fast machine, Studio One Pro 4 will show heavy load... but audio will be glitch-free.
    • Cubase will struggle to keep up with the load (without glitches).
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  11. Samplitude Pro X5 has numerous features that make it useful as a secondary DAW:

    • Batch Processing
    • CD layout and burning (including DDP export in the Suite version)
    • The Object based editing/processing is great for Mastering
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  12. 1 hour ago, RSMcGuitar said:

    Can you explain the IR length? I just don't really get it.
    That's a pretty good endorsement of the captor!

    Also, I always wonder how many of those type of devices you can use with no speaker at all. Do they all do that or only some? (Or possibly none.)


    The length of an IR can affect tonal quality.

    Many devices use shorter IR lengths (1024-samples is common)... as it's easier on the processor and latency is super tight.

    Some will argue that 1024-samples is long enough to represent the frequency content/resonance of a close mic'd guitar cab.

    Others will argue that 1024-samples (slightly over 20ms) isn't enough time to capture the lower frequency resonance.

    Having compared the same Cab IRs using lengths of 1024-samples vs. 2048-samples, (to my ears) the longer IRs result in a thicker/fuller cab sound.

    Captor X can also use 4096 (100ms) and 8192 sample IRs.


    With Cab IRs, it's a balance of performance, tone, and latency.


    Note that if an IR gets much longer than a couple hundred milliseconds, it starts capturing/recreating room reflections/ambience.

    You generally want to avoid capturing ambience within a Cab IR.  (You want the Cab sound to be recreated as clearly as possible.)

    Ambience can be added post Cab... 


    The Torpedo/Captor X, UA Ox, Boss Waza TAE, Suhr Reactive-Load IR all provide a load to your tube amp.

    As such, you can safely run the amp without a real cab connected.

    The above mentioned units are all "reactive" loads.

    They react to the amp... similar to the way a real cab would react.

    This helps provide a more dynamic feel (closer to using a real cab).


    Another cool thing; If you have a nice real cab (and mics), you can create your own Cab IRs.

    The Cab/speaker you like... mic'd the way you like

    This helps get closer to your sound.


    I'm currently testing the new Marshall 20w Studio Vintage tube head (20w Plexi).

    I've got the two channels bridged... with both output Loudness knobs at ~3.

    Playing thru a real 4x12 cab, that would be loud enough to peel paint off the wall.

    It's running at reasonable levels thru my studio monitors (no physical cab).


    Devices like Captor X allow you to use tube-amps like you would an advanced modeler (a la Axe-FX III).

    Great for both recording and live scenarios...


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  13. If you skip the "Arcade" GUI, the interface for embedded Torpedo in Revv's D20 and G20 lunchbox heads (as well as that of Captor X) is IMO pretty nice.

    Captor X doesn't even have the Arcade GUI. 


    For those interested... Captor X is a great inexpensive (relatively speaking) piece of hardware.

    I've had all the popular "reactive-load with Cab sim" boxes.

    They're all capable of good to great results.

    Captor X is my favorite of the lot (UA Ox, Boss Waza TAE, Suhr Reactive Load IR).

    You can load/mix two simultaneous IRs (each up to 200ms), plus noise-gate, EQ, Enhancer, and Reverb/Echo.  There's also a tuner (albeit not great).

    I'm late to the "Two Notes Bandwagon"... but Torpedo and Captor X have (for me) made using tube-amps both more practical and enjoyable.

    The G20, D20, and two Captor X boxes all fit in a single deep drawer.  Perfect for an office studio.


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  14. Note:

    Poly D has a 4th Oscillator, Distortion, Chorus (from Juno 106), and Step-Seq/Arp.

    The rack model D is a more strict Model-D copy (sans keys).


    I also have the rack version (was thinking I'd sell it when I got the Poly D).

    Should probably just keep it... and have twice the Moog-ish fun.  


  15. Some will scoff at Behringer products (mostly from their past - many times well deserved)... but they've been releasing some good/great gear of late.

    If you miss the venerable Mini-Moog, you have to check out the Poly D.



    I used to have an early Model-D.

    It needed service bad... and sat for many years until I sold it (in a moment of weakness).

    Have always regretted selling it.

    The Mini-Moog doesn't do a lot (compared to todays hardware/software synths), but what it does do... it sounds glorious.

    I like to think of it as the exact opposite of many of today's more advanced/technical instruments.

    You can dial-up a classic bass or lead tone super quick.  Though it's relatively simple in architecture, nothing (to me) sounds quite like the Mini-Moog.

    For lack of a better way to put it, you can almost hear the electricity in the sounds.


    To my ears, the Poly D isn't quite as fat sounding as the real Mini-Moog, but it's pretty close.

    Poly D is far far far more stable on the tuning side!  Filter is really nice.

    I turned on the Poly D... and dialed up a lead type sound in probably 30 seconds.  Think Tom Sawyer or Subdivisions... and that's in the ballpark.

    The action on the keyboard lends itself to playing fast lead lines.  Get your Rick Wakeman and Jan Hammer fix!

    Might be the sentimental old man in me... but I really love the Poly D.

    Just a blast to play...

    Got it sitting on a rack in the studio... and I keep stopping to play it.

    I've got to get work done.  Might have to switch it off.   😁


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