working ITB at higher sampling rates

Recently, I’ve moved from 44.1kHz up to 96kHz sampling rate for my current production. I would have loved to do this step earlier but it wasn’t possible with the older DAW generation in my case. With the newer stuff I was easily able to run a 44.1kHz based production with tons of headroom (resource wise – talking about CPU plus memory and disk space) and so I switched to 96kHz SR and still there is some room left.

I know there is a lot of confusion and misinformation floating around about this topic and so this small article is about to give some theoretical insights from a developer perspective as well as some hands-on tips for all those who are considering at what SR actually to work at. The title already suggests working ITB (In The Box) and I’ll exclude SR topics related to recording, AD/DA converters or other external digital devices. [Read more…]

64bit without compatibility problems

We all want 64bit for getting access to (almost) unlimited memory, unfortunately that means we’re stuck in a maze of compatibility problems, bit bridges and the like – even worse, there is no end in sight.
Right ?
Wrong !
Let’s look at the problem from a fresh angle:

  • what do we need 64bit for? Correct, only the real heavy RAM hogs, i.e. samplers.In my case that’s exactly two VSTis, Kontakt and Superior II. You might use different ones, maybe a few more, doesn’t matter. So those would benefit from 64bit access.
  • all the remaining FX and VSTis combined will probably never even get close to the magic 4GB limit a 32bit project has, unless your name is Hans Zimmer.
  • so it makes sense to keep potential compatibility issues to those few RAM hogs instead of fighting the wars for every little FX plugin in your arsenal again and again …

Here’s what you need : [Read more…]

public beta 2 for NastyDLA 1.0.1

A second public beta bug fix release is available for NastyDLA 1.0.1 which fixes some issues related to the chorus effect:

  • Fix: clearly audible lofi artifacts in the chorus section (crackle or noise) in some setups
  • Minor improvements: wider and better chorus imaging
  • Minor improvements: assembler optimized chorus section with lower cpu footprint

If you are not affected by this issues there is no need to download and install that. If you download and want to install it be aware that this is a beta version and not a final release and might not properly work due to other bugs or side-effects. If so, please report here for further bug tracking and fixing!

The download is available in the Downloads page or just click here.

public betas for NastyDLA and VCS, BootEQ, Density and Ferric

Some public beta bug fix releases are currently available for:

  • BootEQ mkII 2.1.1 beta
  • Density mkII 2.0.3 beta
  • FerricTDS 1.5.1 beta
  • NastyDLA 1.0.1 beta
  • NastyVCS 1.0.1 beta

This are Win32 releases only (SSE2 or higher) and are bug fix releases which addresses the following issues: [Read more…]

switching to Ableton Live (finally?)

Ableton LiveAfter asking Ableton Live – the ultimate creative production tool?somewhere in last year I’ve struggled for quite some time on whether to move or not. [Read more…]

64bit

susiwong kindly provided this brief article about using 64bit supporting hosts.

64bit is one of the most asked for “features” nowadays – justified in a few special situations, not really needed in most scenarios imho. We’re not talking about 64bit data path atm, that’s a completely unrelated phenomenon not connected with a 64bit OS. Let’s compare the possible scenarios using Cubase as an example, other hosts in Windows are similar/identical :

32 / 64 bit [Read more…]