[ardour-dev] PC Hardware suggestions
dlphillips at woh.rr.com
Fri Mar 9 04:47:21 PST 2007
John Rigg wrote:
>AMD64 is better than x86 in my experience, too. The extra CPU
>registers available in 64-bit mode seem to boost performance
>more than the 64-bit pointers reduce it. Also, AMD64 distros
>are optimised for that architecture, unlike x86 distros (other
>than Gentoo) which have to work with a lowest common denominator
>like 386 or 586.
I just want to add an "Amen!" to that paragraph. I'm running 64Studio on
a machine with an AMD64 3200+, an 80 GB hard drive, and 2GB RAM. I build
Ardour2 myself for this machine, it performs like a champ.
Yesterday I was experimenting with the new Rosegarden 1.5. I tested
various recording scenarios (audio and MIDI), employing multiple LADSPA
processors per track. The only xruns I experienced occurred during
parameter changes on some plugins that are not recommended for realtime
use. The thing is, at some point I realized that I was still running
Firefox and a p2p client at the same time I was testing RG. My tests
weren't all that heavy, usually involving only four or five tracks, but
each track had three or four plugins attached. I was impressed by the
machine, the OS, JACK, and the application.
And yes, I confess that I do enjoy power and control, the more the
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