Miguel wrote:...now as for DSP processing you could run a Yamaha CBX-D5 on a PC just like you could on an Atari and then there was TDM which also did all the heavy lifting for the computer...
fidzen wrote:I will make a little contribution to this infected thread.
I used my Falcon with CAF for professional recordings until 1997.
After that I switched to PC, and along with the switch all the problem.
It took at least 2 years before the PC was equal to my Falcon setup.
That means a PC from 2000 running Pentium and with dedicated sound card
Event Echo Layla that was really expensive.
The HW used on my Falcon was Line Audio IN8 and OUT8, and that was rock
steady all the time.
Atarieterno wrote:Dear mate; I still disbelieve as Thomas the apostle, that PC I do not think that was able to record 16 audio tracks, I have seen more powerful configurations and failed for those years.
Are you sure of its effectiveness?
Miguel wrote:Yes I am quite sure that I was able to record 16 audio tracks and rather than just present you with anecdotal evidence I will refer you to page 179 of the audio recording manual of Cubase for Windows version 3.0 which sates the following...
"A setup consisting of...
a Pentium 100 with a 256KB 2nd level cache and 24 MBytes of RAM...
a VESA or PCI local bus E-IDE or SCSI hard disk interface with a data transfer
speed of 10 MBytes/second or more...
an E-IDE or SCSI hard disk with an average seek time of 9ms or better, 512k
onboard cache, 5400/7200 RPM rotation speed, 5MBytes/second minimum
sustained data transfer rate (or better)...
...should be able to provide eight stereo channels at 44.1KHz sample rate."
Atarieterno wrote: You know well that one thing is theory and another practice ... then come the problems of latency, lack of synchronization, "CPU out of time" (I can not remember well the name that had CPU saturation in Windows systems) .
I do not doubt your word, mate, I just doubt the effectiveness of those PCs at that time, it took them many years to get a recording without problems.
On the other hand I have doubts that perhaps other more technical people could confirm it: IDE hard disks with 9 ms of access time, at that year?
I insist: an ST with a Digital Master FX could record 16 channels of audio, many years before the PC could dream of that. With some external device, a Pentium (not a 386, which was the trigger of this skepticism) could try with a SoundScape (year 1993) of 8 channels of audio, in fact I have known some "working" in different recording studios of that Time and caused many problems with the PC and finally complete the recording with an analogic system...
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