Re: DIY compatible Waves Soundgrid Server
« Reply #100 on: February 11, 2021, 10:46:39 PM »
Just thought I'd give a quick update here on Waves plugins and native...

Over the weekend I got the cheapest mac mini M1 you can get, mainly for test purposes...spent several days trying to get it to play nice with my Antelope Discrete 8 and loading plugins...took a couple of days (if someone wanted to create an app that would uninstall all your plugins form one machine and move them to another they'd be rich)...

At any rate once I got the hardware and software to play nice I loaded up a small project to start testing stuff...

I loaded 21 instances of Abbey Roads plates and 10 instances of Abbey Roads chambers, 21 each of FabFilter Pro Q3, HOFA 4U Tilt, Abbey Roads RS124, and DMG Track Comp 2...

So we end up with 105 plugins PLUS 10-Abbey Roads Chambers all with my hardware buffer set at 64 samples...(probably 1.5 ms rtl)...I hit play expecting it to crap out and it played without even hitting 70% in ProTools CPU, the ram was at 75% because this machine only has 8gigs...and in System Resource monitor the 8 cores never got over 70% or the RAM over played without batting an eye.

This is the cheapest M1 you can buy right now 8 gigs ran, 256 gig SSD Mac Mini...less that $800 to my door...

Apple has changed the game.

Intel is in some serious desktop trouble...fortunately they will probably remain dominate in the server side of things...but I cannot see Apple ever going back to them and silicone ARM processing seems to be the future.
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Re: DIY compatible Waves Soundgrid Server
« Reply #101 on: February 21, 2021, 07:55:06 PM »
Apple has changed the game.

I'm not really sure,
Apple is not innovative anymore across any category. Apple is failing to bring anything new to the table in smartphones, apps, smart devices, computers.
Their laptops computers quality decreased substantially since 2012, and even worse after 2015, they fail easily in a lot of different ways.
Apple at the present is just an hardcore master of Planned Obsolescence.

This is coming from a long time Apple user, so I'm really not that confidant as yourself that they are changing anything for better at the moment.

I bought a used $100 HP Elitedesk mini computer to try the server myself and it also runs lots of plugins without any problems so I'm really not sure that a $800 computer is needed for this build.

But congrats for your build and wish you much fun using it.


Re: DIY compatible Waves Soundgrid Server
« Reply #102 on: February 24, 2021, 07:24:37 AM »
It's not the ARM CPU cores which makes the M1 fast, it's the fact that it's a SoC and has everything integrated nicely and effectively together. Inter could do the same and be even faster. Nice chip though.


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