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Old 09-30-2017, 01:36 PM
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Great that will get you going until UAD and Avid qualify HS. And the nice thing according to the PT expert articles I linked your machine will be able to take advantage of the new hardware and software acceleration protocols coming in High Sierra. Where my machine will be supported, to run HS but won't be able to use the new acceleration features
This has the potential to work out very well. Had I delayed another three days, I'd have been looking at a minor disaster.
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Old 10-15-2017, 08:06 PM
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Ugh. Changing computers is a huge amount of work. And it didn't help that the Akitio Thunderbolt 3 ssd drive bay I ordered arrived defective. That shut me down until today when the replacement arrived. I'm downloading my sound libraries now. That might take me all week.

It will all be worth it though. I opened a session and loaded it with plugins just to give the cpu a stress test. It went brilliantly so I'm pleased with the capabilities of this new iMac.
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Ugh. Changing computers is a huge amount of work. And it didn't help that the Akitio Thunderbolt 3 ssd drive bay I ordered arrived defective. That shut me down until today when the replacement arrived. I'm downloading my sound libraries now. That might take me all week.

It will all be worth it though. I opened a session and loaded it with plugins just to give the cpu a stress test. It went brilliantly so I'm pleased with the capabilities of this new iMac.
I hear you, when I did a totally clean install of Sierra and had to download and reinstall all the third party plugins it took several days .
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I hear you, when I did a totally clean install of Sierra and had to download and reinstall all the third party plugins it took several days .
Last night was all my Toontrack stuff. My internet connection was slowing down occasionally and the downloads took all night. When I get home from work today I'll do the installs. And I still have a bunch of 3rd party Kontakt libraries to install, plus I haven't tackled Trillian and Omnisphere yet. At this point, "several days" is in my rear view mirror. It'll be fun when it's done though.
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Last night was all my Toontrack stuff. My internet connection was slowing down occasionally and the downloads took all night. When I get home from work today I'll do the installs. And I still have a bunch of 3rd party Kontakt libraries to install, plus I haven't tackled Trillian and Omnisphere yet. At this point, "several days" is in my rear view mirror. It'll be fun when it's done though.
Ha !! it is interesting how the more computer stuff we have the more variation of creativity we can utilize, but the bigger the pain in the batooty it is to redo. A law of virtual reality as it were
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Ha !! it is interesting how the more computer stuff we have the more variation of creativity we can utilize, but the bigger the pain in the batooty it is to redo. A law of virtual reality as it were
That's very true. You don't realize how much stuff you have until you have to migrate it all to a new machine. And going forward it looks like the average size of libraries is only going to get bigger.
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Moved close to a terabyte of libraries last night. Ran into a headache with storing the Toontrack stuff on one of the external drives. And a few of the 3rd party Kontakt libraries weren't easy but luckily I had a more knowledgeable friend to help me and we finally got things sorted. I think we're a few hours away from being finished but the end is clearly in sight now.
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I'm finally up and running ...or just about. There are three Kontakt piano VSTs that I couldn't get to work and I have a support ticket in to get that sorted. But other than that, I'm pretty happy right now.

The issue I had with the Akitio Thunderbay 3 4-bay ssd housing was simply a bad unit and bad luck. The new one is working flawlessly and is very fast. I also picked up a 4tb external drive that I'm using as a backup drive.

Pretty awesome!
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Very cool .The new mac displays are pretty spectacular.

I just picked up a what I thought might be a good user mod for the Iso Acoustics (which I use also) and that was to add some Sorbothane pads between the Iso and the surface it sits on and even perhaps Sorbothane 1/2 sheres between the Iso and your (looks like KH 120"s ?)
Haven't tried it yet but given it would pretty inexpensive to experiment with I will likely give it go
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I just picked up a what I thought might be a good user mod for the Iso Acoustics (which I use also) and that was to add some Sorbothane pads between the Iso and the surface it sits on and even perhaps Sorbothane 1/2 sheres between the Iso and your (looks like KH 120"s ?)
Haven't tried it yet but given it would pretty inexpensive to experiment with I will likely give it go
Prior to the Iso stands I was using Mopads. The stands have made a big difference although I'm not sure if that's attributable to better separation or in raising the monitors and avoiding reflections off the desk. If you get those pads, I'll be very interested in hearing your thoughts on them.
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Prior to the Iso stands I was using Mopads. The stands have made a big difference although I'm not sure if that's attributable to better separation or in raising the monitors and avoiding reflections off the desk. If you get those pads, I'll be very interested in hearing your thoughts on them.
Probably both I would guess . I'll do that if and when.
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...I'm pleased with the capabilities of this new iMac.
I have no experience with digital recording, but I've been looking for a new computer. The 27" iMac is simply a magnificent world of computing wonder. For certain applications an SSD speeds responsiveness, and the display is breathtakingly beautiful.
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I have no experience with digital recording, but I've been looking for a new computer. The 27" iMac is simply a magnificent world of computing wonder. For certain applications an SSD speeds responsiveness, and the display is breathtakingly beautiful.
It's a great computer but you pay through the nose for the internal SSD storage. The 2tb ssd option is a $1400 upgrade. I opted for the 512gb internal ssd (a $200 upgrade) and purchased an Akitio Thunderbolt3 4-bay ssd drive housing. I loaded that up with four 1tb Samsung 850 Evo ssd drives. That cost me about $1500 but I have twice the storage than if I'd gone with the internal 2tb drive.
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It's a great computer but you pay through the nose for the internal SSD storage. The 2tb ssd option is a $1400 upgrade. I opted for the 512gb internal ssd (a $200 upgrade) and purchased an Akitio Thunderbolt3 4-bay ssd drive housing. I loaded that up with four 1tb Samsung 850 Evo ssd drives. That cost me about $1500 but I have twice the storage than if I'd gone with the internal 2tb drive.
I have found that 512 is way more than adequate for the boot drive. ( which was the largest Samsung 951 I could get anyway, as well as the fastest)
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