tony.scharf at outlook.com
Tue Nov 17 21:59:52 CET 2020
There is a lot I like about the new M1 chips…and a lot that makes me nervous. It seems their goal is to make it impossible to run anything BUT Apple Silicon. No upgrades allowed. It’s either buy a new machine, or deal with the old one. They may mean to make laptops as disposable as iPhones…
In any case, I’m taking a wait and see. My 2015 iMac is still pretty ok….starting to get a little full, and some newer plugins cause some choking…but it still works.
Im more worried about my MOTU audio and MIDI hardware. It may finally be time to upgrade that.
> On Nov 17, 2020, at 2:50 PM, Joost Schuttelaar <joost at joostschuttelaar.nl> wrote:
> So, those benchmarks arriving today are quite impressive. I can’t wait for Apple to set up a system with four of these little monsters, perhaps with a secondary set of off-chip RAM slots (maybe SSD speeds are fast enough anwyay?).
> The baseline specs of Mac’s jumped a lot too — now a measly MacBook Air is on par with the fastest Intel MacBook Pro, with a bunch of ML-cores to spare. Will be interesting to see what audio stuff will be run on those (e.g. instrument separation?). It also doesn’t bode well for DSP-hardware boards, they are now obviously just electricity wasting dongles.
> Plugin compatibility will be limited I expect. So when I upgrade to ARM I’ll probably downgrade my current machine (MacBook Pro 2018) to Mojave. Still got some old tracks with 32-bit only plugins.
> Hmm, now we also know why they dropped support for 32-bit in Catalina...
> Coincidentally I just received an old AGP-video card so I can revive my old Athlon XP 2400 Windows XP machine running Sonar… I religiously backed up all my old tracks & WIPs, but never bounced them to audio (arrrghhhhh). And also never backed up all those downloadaed plugins (double yaarrrgghh), so that’ll be a fun challenge to get some of them playing again…
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