Well, in case you didn’t get back, we’ve had some good discussion on this subject, including comments from people at Apple and Redmatica. So this week, I’m recapping some of what came up.
1. Andrea Gozzi of Redmatica and Markus Fritz from Apple both wrote in that the EXS24 has been designed in such a way as to access 4GB of RAM or more based on how much RAM you have loaded. Basically, as much RAM as you have is how much the update EXS24 in Logic 8 can access.
This should be a good incentive for some developers to begin creating product for the EXS.
2. Composer Rohan Stevenson took the time to write in about the built-in IAC driver that enables you to run one additional program similar to the way you run Soundflower. I posted these links for further review:
Nick Fox-Gieg’s Tutorial
Discussion on Sonik Matter, no response
Discussion on Apple Forum, no response
IAC Driver Issue – post unresolved
Vienna Instruments Streaming
Three of you brought to my attention my misunderstand that Vienna Instruments do stream off the hard drive. This caught me off guard as I was under the impression that the Vienna Instruments player was loading samples into RAM. Apparently I’m not the only who thought this. Read the thread on the Vienna Forum.
I also doubled checked with Daryl Griffith, a super Vienna Instruments user in the UK, master of all things PC, and a superb composer, orchestrator and conductor. He wrote:
“Yes, Vienna streams, and I believe that the pre-load is set at 60kb.”
So, my point about having more hard drives is still valid. So pick that case wisely.
CUBASE LOWERS PRICING
To become more competitive in the market, Cubase has lowered its MAP price to $595. This means that Cubase is only $100 more than Logic. Steinberg has also opened a new online store for the UK and Europe. Cubase is now up to v4.1. Here’s what’s happening with Cubase and Vista:
Cubase 4.1 now fully supports Windows Vista32. A Preview Version for Vista64 is also available, which runs natively as a 64-bit application and supports up to 128GB RAM.
WINDOWS XP – RIP
In a valiant effort to keep Windows XP available, InfoWorld created a petition drive which logged over 200,000 petitioners asking Microsoft to continue selling XP past June 30. Alas, no soap. Says Microsoft on their web site:
Last year you told us you weren’t quite ready to say goodbye to Windows XP. We listened. That’s why we delayed our plan to stop selling it until June 30, 2008.
We love that you love Windows XP. We’ve seen it on our website, in e-mails, and through independent online petition drives. Our engineers work hard to build innovative software that empowers our customers. It’s nice when you tell us we’ve made a difference.
But our commitment to innovation sometimes means making tough choices. This is one of them.
After careful consultation with our customers and industry partners, we’ve decided to proceed with our plan to phase out Windows XP in June. It’ll be along goodbye. We plan to provide support for Windows XP until 2014.
So When Upgrading to That New PC…
Keep in mind that EastWest PLAY, GigaStudio 4 and the Vienna Instruments, are already running at 64-bit. Sonar 6 and 7 are also running in native 64-bit mode (ahead of Yamaha Steinberg).
Audio Cards at 64bit
In checking the web, it’s a short list which includes Echo, E-MU, Lynx, MOTU, and RME.
Logic and 8-Core Funkiness
For those thinking about getting a Mac Pro 8-Core, I still have concerns. Unfortunately, no one at Apple is liberating systems so we can adequately test all this. So I refer you to this thread I found on VI-Control.net/forum.
All you 8-core users – let’s hear specifics!
Over the past few days, I’ve been testing multitimbral issues with Logic 8. And frankly, I’m so frustrated with the lack of thoughtful documentation that I’m seriously telling more and more composers who write me to skip the 8 Cores and buy a pre-owned G5.
And here’s why.
When you set up the multitimbral option in Logic, and you load a Kontakt 2 player which you set up internally for multitimbral use, what you discover is that in Logic 8, any fader in the Inspector area controls all the faders. So if you want to have volume settings, you can set them up within the Kontakt player, but not initially with Logic 8. In Logic 7, this was addressed by adding an Aux fader in the Mixer.
So far, after a great deal of trial and no success working with adding Auxes, three of us couldn’t find the answer after several hours of effort.
My chief gripes most always fall into the, “please manage my time better,” category.
This one of them.
How much time away from writing do we need to take to try to figure out how to setup K2 or any other multitimbral player inside Logic as an AU or standalone, or, skipping the Mac, buying a PC and putting the multitimbral players there?
The Logic manuals have 1800+ pages of documentation and this isn’t covered. How hard is it for one engineer at Apple to work out a 2-3 page tutorial with screen shots using SnapZ and make it available as a PDF?
These are the omissions that try men’s souls!
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