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  1. colony nofi

    2CAudio Releases PBJ Spatial Mixing Environment, Precedence 1.5 & Breeze 2.5

    Excited to try this! Now... I wonder... @Andrew Souter is surround on the horizon? :)
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    Mac Mini: ?? peripherals, adapters, follow-up-costs ?? Or better still a “trashcan”?

    I've swapped out the 64GB kit and the 128GB kit at least three or four times (we have a couple of the trash cans in the studios here, used for slightly different things - and try and share between rooms as much as possible. I'm also a tinkerer... so enjoy trying to figure bits and pieces out!)...
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    Hardware MIDI fader / controller recommendations?

    https://monogramcc.com/ I use their old version (known as palette gear) and aside from a problem that meant the CC data would record some random 0's every now and then, they've been rock solid for 3 or so years. And travelled with me everywhere / been extremely robust. And recent firmware...
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    Mac Mini: ?? peripherals, adapters, follow-up-costs ?? Or better still a “trashcan”?

    Personally, I'd reconsider the trashcan. We have a few of them round the studios. They're still good machines. And they take up to 128GB ram which may be a clincher in some circumstances. We use Caldigit thunderbolt 3 (!) hubs with them (so using a TB2 to TB3 converter - yeah, cost!) and sit...
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    Anyone else waiting for the 3rd gen Threadripper to build a DAW?

    Now cooling these threadrippers quietly is going to be a serious challenge.
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    Anyone else waiting for the 3rd gen Threadripper to build a DAW?

    Oh wow! I feel like we need a new thread for DAW builds using these chips! Pun not intended, but I'll take it. Cannot wait to see if they manage to make great DAW's compared to the high end intel chips. (So good that linus called out intel on their release strategy!)
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    18 Cores for $979! Huge Pricedrop on new Intel Cascade Lake-X.

    You can fairly easily work out when you'll reach a theoretical bottleneck with gigabit ethernet. 24bit/48k audio is 1152 kbps - or 1.152mbps - or 0.001152gbps. Assuming a network with no overheads, 1gbps gives you bandaround 868 mono streams of 48/24 audio. Now, no network has no overheads. But...
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    Samsung 4TB QVO drive on amazon for £ 312.99

    SSD's are all quite robust these days. For sample library use - where you write once and read many many times, there is very little if any difference between the models in terms of physical issues with the drive. QVO's are awesome for samples. Read time is identical here to EVO's - we have...
  9. colony nofi

    Ryzen 3000 Vs I9 9900K for music production

    not for home desktops, but for workstations.....yeah it is. At least as far as AMD and Intel thinks about things. New mac pro's can have 1.5TB of Ram... and even X299 mother boards are able to have 256GB ram. And as for PCIe lanes... Cascade Lake X have at least double (40+) and threadripper...
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    Ryzen 3000 Vs I9 9900K for music production

    The linus tech tips review was GLOWING on the 3950X. Can't wait to see it up against the i9's for DAWBench. But the chips are (going to be) hard to come by for a while. Tops out at 128GB Ram - so threadripper still has a place for large ram machines... and only 20pcie lanes - but for most...
  11. colony nofi

    Best-sounding wireless earbuds? what do you think?

    Not taken a LONG flight with them yet, but have had 3 between syd and melb. And once I got tips to fit kind of right, they're pretty damn good. I'd say they are still under what the QC20's could do for MY ears - I'm sure ear shape impacts greatly. I have this problem in the air where they...
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    New PC build Thoughts?

    4TB samsung QVO's work amazingly for samples. And it is far easier to manage a smaller number of drives than a large number. I would go a single 8TB SSD if it was readily available. When I grabbed the QVO's for the studio, there was only a tiny difference between 2X2TB and 1x4TB in price...
  13. colony nofi

    Percussion Swarm – Available Now!

    Oh wow. This is a great idea. Right up my alley. Resistance feels futile.
  14. colony nofi

    What are the ideal specs when building a PC Cubase machine?

    Or... the third way - which is still running VEP, but for specific things and on one machine. :)
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    What are the ideal specs when building a PC Cubase machine?

    Unfortunately there are no such things as ideal specs. Everything is a trade off in this world. At the *moment*, higher speed cores are more important than the number of cores - although you will still want 6 or 8 powerful cores in your machine. An i9-9900k is somewhat of a great audio...
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    Best-sounding wireless earbuds? what do you think?

    I am testing the wireless apple buds with noise cancellation at the moment. They're pretty good. The noise reduction can impact on some music depending on the environment in a pretty nasty way - but nothing unexpected. I'm comparing them to bose wired QC20's (the noise reduction in the bose...
  17. colony nofi

    Thunderbolt 3 Dock, Good SSD and Interface Speeds?

    The audio interface uses a surprisingly SMALL amount of bandwidth. Its why companies like RME are able to push so much audio thru a USB2 connection (with some tricks up their sleeve to improve latency....) As for using a thunderbolt hub. I have a couple of Caldigit T3's here and they are...
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    What's the preferred 2tb SSD - at the moment?

    Honestly, I think once you look closely at the failure rates, and realise that it really doesn't make a huge difference to risk management either way - just go with whatever you wish. I went with samsung as they offered 4TB in one drive, and to my knowledge, the MX500's only go up to 2TB. I...
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    Slow and laggy UI in Cubase on iMac Pro

    Hey mate. What OSX version are you on? Do you have a cubase project you can create and share that shows this problem that I could test on machines here (ie, try and reproduce the problem)?
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    What's the preferred 2tb SSD - at the moment?

    In case anyone's interested, I have 2 X 4TB samsung QVO's doing duty here, and cannot notice any difference (real world noticable to me in a creative sense) compared to working with EVO's or even samsung pro's (which we also have at the studios!) . I have a couple of the 2TB as well for project...
  21. colony nofi

    S+A - CYCLES - loop manipulation + granular synthesis - COMING SOON

    I'd love to be using this yesterday....
  22. colony nofi

    Felt Instruments: LEKKO - a character piano + tape-based sound design

    Congrats on getting this out! Its a huge effort, and one I'm very much looking forward to. A thought. I figure you're in a rock and a hard place with this, and I am as well. You've moved the library to a new system outside of kontakt which allows some pretty cool features and performance...
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    OSX - Previous Versions on new hardware

    Now having said all that, the inner geek in me loves Mr Sebastian's crazy builds... and if he ever follows thru to hakintosh this build (as he indicates is the reason for the build in the first place) then I'll watch. And think about it maybe as a proof of concept with one of the lower core...
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    OSX - Previous Versions on new hardware

    Thanks for all the info and guidance here folks - its great. Interesting to see it asked as to why someone would buy this machine. The question is already loaded (as in, who would be stupid enough to spend that amount of cash) - and also feels judgemental / not in the spirit of this kind of...
  25. colony nofi

    Mac Mini or MacBook Pro for portable rig?

    16" mac also looks delayed until next year....
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    Mac Mini or MacBook Pro for portable rig?

    Yes, all the new macs only run Catalina. I'd say we are about 3 months out being able to run catalina for most audio applications. The new mac pros will kick things along quite quickly I think!
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    Mac Mini or MacBook Pro for portable rig?

    A useful heads up - most dell monitors have stands that are "quick release" - the stand separates from the monitor. I use a gaming monitor case - and take off the stand. then the stand fits into the case separately - freeing up a tonne of space. https://en.roccat.org/Accessories/Tusko (The pics...
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    Mac Mini or MacBook Pro for portable rig?

    No worries. In the past I've also used the ASUS 15" USB-C lcd's if you need to cut down on weight. They're not 4K, but two of them work quite well together. For a while it looked like ASUS was going to make an OLED 4k portable 21" monitor, but it became vapourware before it was released...
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    Mac Mini or MacBook Pro for portable rig?

    So I have been in your world a while - needing powerful rigs on the road. Back in 2011 I had 2 (and then another 2) mac mini's running VEP each with 16GB ram, and a macbook pro as the workstation. It worked fine - but took a LOT of work to get to a stage of being easy to use / create with. The...
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    OSX - Previous Versions on new hardware

    I'm wondering if anyone can point towards an information resource on loading a previous version of OSX onto new apple hardware. I've seen little bits here and there about using 10.14 on imac pro's bought today that come with 10.15 - and that makes some sense. However, I'm wondering specifically...
  31. colony nofi

    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    @AndyP Thanks for all this information. Given I only have a single 4TB SSD for work on the road, this seems like a great solution! I'm watching this with great interest.
  32. colony nofi

    SIGNS - Last Call - Only a Few Hours Left

    Excited for this. Insta-buy for me!
  33. colony nofi

    [SOLVED] Cubase 10 - glith/creak problem

    Tempo ramps place an enormous burden on real time audio performance when using cubase and Kontakt. I have a bunch of test sessions I built perhaps two years ago (kontakt 5) that demonstrates what’s going on. I wouldn’t say it’s a “bug” but it sure makes some writing difficult. To get around it...
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    Open letter to Sample Library Developers...

    Another point to think about is the licensing agreement with the player on the libraries. Some lib makers have agreements where sales give the players a royalty. And these agreements in some case do not allow resale (as there is no way of the player getting their royalty!) Sure there are ways...
  35. colony nofi

    SoundCloud Alternative - SongBox

    Oh - my bad assumptions from looking at early copy / reading forum posts (and it being called a soundcloud alternative, which is social)... more than actually trying it out. So this *is* a disco competitor then? In which case, I feel my criticism over value then stands. Look at what disco...
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    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    by the way. It seems it comes with a usb-c to usb-a cable, so if you have a usb-c to usb-c lying around, all bases are covered. Note : I just had another quick look and I cannot see any tech info if this drive enclosure is using USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 Gen 2. There is nothing on their website for...
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    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    There is no such thing as a thunderbolt 3 connector. Thunderbolt 3 is a transport protocol that happens to use a usb-c connector. This topic is always complex (thanks tech companies!) but here goes. A SATA gen 3 (the transport mechanism) based SSD like that used for the spitfire library...
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    SoundCloud Alternative - SongBox

    I'm sure you have done a full competitor analysis. I guess I'm a little confused after looking at alternatives that are out in the market and the cost. Take a look at Disco. While it is definitely not "social" like songbox and soundcloud, what it does do with keeping copies of all your...
  39. colony nofi

    18 Cores for $979! Huge Pricedrop on new Intel Cascade Lake-X.

    I think its been fairly well covered by others here - but perhaps worth mentioning again. There are just so many ways that people write music and use DAWS that sweeping generalisations don't apply. We are dealing with a large number of variables, and it is simply too difficult to solve for so...
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    AMD new 60 core Epyc processor with only 2 NUMA domains

    These processors really are incredible. For a $15k machine (rough guestimate) its going to be one incredibly powerful render machine / high-threadcount workstation, not to mention its more intended server duties. For audio - probably not so much, but hey, if one were lying around I'd put it...
  41. colony nofi

    Felt Instruments: LEKKO - a character piano + tape-based sound design

    Just bought - missed the opening special, but feel like this instrument is definitely worth its price! Now to just find a few hours to explore... Looking forward to it!
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    My next Mac?

    ehhhhh..... so, well - that kind of misrepresents things a little as I understand it - but I also get where you are coming from! :) Thunderbolt IS for all intents and purposes (at first) a PCIe connection to the outside world. Expandability outside of the confines of a computer with much closer...
  43. colony nofi

    System-wide app for EQ, deverb, and noise removal for transcription of spoken audio?

    Is it really quicker to transcribe... or potentially just use voice to text (done without your supervision) and then just go thru and fix the errors?
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    Spitfire Audio “This is London Calling” - BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Its not just shape and ceiling height. These two play a role, but there's many many parts to it. Materials used play a massive role. Absorbancy vs reflectiveness. Acoustic interventions. (Various kinds of frequency trapping). Convex and Concave curves. Which is related to the principles of...
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    Free! Get your copy of VSL's Big Bang Orchestra

    I travel a lot for music. Carry 3 dongles. 2 x syncrosoft (1 is just a spare) and an ilok. The tools that the dongles allow me to use when on the road / in a hotel / in a session are incredible. If you are using a laptop, then you're using a bunch of other gear as well. External drives (2...
  46. colony nofi

    2nd Screen for video. TV or computer screen?

    Size wise, I use a 43" 4K for my computer monitor as well, and a 55" set back about 30cm (and above) for video. I wouldn't want any bigger - but it is lovely to see pics large when working away on emotional scenes.
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    2nd Screen for video. TV or computer screen?

    If you're using a TV screen, I highly suggest using a specialised video card to output your video from inside your DAW. For macs, the blackmagic minimonitor is amazing. Be aware that 4k tv's need a lot of things turned off when using them. The initial setup is key. But genearlly, I find...
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    Best Video Format to Request from Director (Cubase)

    A few things. Cubase/Nuendo have a completely new video engine due to the deprecation of quicktime, which had been used by the engine previously. Without going into too many details, there are some counter intuitive things about video/codec which you might find useful when getting it working on...