April 22, 2011

Poll Time...

by Chris Randall

We're busy building our latest Roadmap To Success/Five Year Plan/Whatever, and while I have a fairly good idea of what the answers to this poll will be, I'd like a little less anecdotal evidence. While it's true that most of us use multiple platforms, I'll wager one of those options is the one you can't live without. Click that one.

(Note: if your main DAW is Live OSX, hit the "OSX 32-bit VST" option. Obviously, you can use AUs in Live, but it is more or less pointless to do so unless you need to share presets with Logic.)


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Apr.24.2011 @ 1:45 PM
Chris Randall
Just to be clear, I had a pretty good idea on these numbers already. I can see the different platforms downloaded in our store, so I have accurate information on the Win/Mac split. But I was mainly curious as to how many of those Mac users use AUs versus VSTs.


Apr.24.2011 @ 2:29 PM
I use 64 bit because I use orchestra libraries as well. Needs huge amount of RAM. I know there are some page flipping or mapping mechanisms available in Win 32 bit (called PAE) which allows applications to address more than 4 GByte, but I'm not sure if the applications in question have to support this feature by using a special API (this API is available, see Micrososft MSDN for technical information). However, I prefer the uncomplicated way and use a 64 bit system.

Apr.24.2011 @ 2:35 PM
Chris Randall
64-bit Win is no trouble at all to make. Just a build rule. So you don't have to feel bad about that. ;-)


Apr.24.2011 @ 2:37 PM
@Nostradamus - PAE lets the system use more than 4GB, but each app is still limited to 4GB, AFAIK.

Man, Linux Bullshit is kicking Windows RTAS' ass.

Apr.24.2011 @ 2:43 PM
My vote is for win 32 VST. Still rocking XP over here with no reason to change.

Chris, what's your vote? I assume you are in the OSX 32bit VST boat when it comes to using plugins for making music.

Apr.24.2011 @ 2:44 PM
Chris Randall
@BlueSpark: I have _never,_ in my whole history as a musician, met a Windows PT user that had a licensed copy of PT, or one that didn't steal every plug they could get their hands on. I don't mean to generalize, but in my experience, that isn't the sort of platform where one cares too much about commercial plug-in offerings.

One dude I was on tour with once actually laughed about it. To me. That was a short conversation. Word to the wise: if you meet me in person, and you think it'll be funny to goad me about plug-in piracy, think again. That is a subject upon which I have strong feelings that I don't mind sharing.

@xmodz: Actually, I do most of my "professional" music work in Windows Live (for electronic music) or Windows Cubase 5 (for "rock" music.) I do a lot (most) of my experimentation on my MacBook Pro, but I don't use a lot of plug-ins when I do that. I'm busy inventing plug-ins, not using them.


Apr.24.2011 @ 3:01 PM
I actually own a copy of PT that I bought for school use. I prefer it's workflow when doing raw waveform edits and slicing/dicing over Live but I end up using Live because others I know use it for collabs, VST support, clips, etc.

I hate how Live handles waveforms aside from the warp features. When I need to handle waveforms, I break out Reaper instead of PT, even though I own it, because of the dongle, proprietary plug ins, and all that bullshit.

Now you have met a sometimes PT user that actually owns it.

Apr.24.2011 @ 3:12 PM
@CR when I read that you used Windows Live for your electronic music making, for one fleeting moment I had a vision of you hunched over MSN, Hotmail, Windows Movie Maker and Photo Gallery trying to wring some usefulness out of them!

Apr.24.2011 @ 4:02 PM
I'm with boobs.

Apr.24.2011 @ 4:27 PM
I'm with boobs.

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