I am considering a Dual Xeon CPU Set up for Pro Tools LE

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Digger, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. Digger

    Digger Guest

    I have a Digi002 rack set up and I am currently using a P4 3.2 GHZ CPU. I record mainly acoustic based music, with little to no MIDI used at all. I don't usually track with effects to 'tape' so needless to say, there are a lot of plugin's being used when it comes time to mix down.

    I have recently installed a UAD-1 which seems to help quite a bit but I don't want to be restricted only to using UAD plugs. I am looking at upgrading to a Dual Xeon Processor Motherboard and CPU and I am wondering if anyone here has used a Double Xeon Processor setup on an Pro Tools LE system (on PC of course).

    I am not a computer idiot and I know that theoretically a dual CPU 'should' allow more plug-in's - but I am more interested in someone who has first hand knowledge on whether or not it worked for him or her. Please refrain from directing me to the digidesign website :evil: - which I have already scanned and I have already spoken with a digidesign CSR.

    Your feedback is greatly appreciated, thanks. :)
  2. rhydian

    rhydian Active Member

    Jan 26, 2005
    Southwell, Nottingham, UK

    I thought Protools didn't work with dual processors? Or is this a vicious rumour.

    I seem to remember reading this on a digidesign compatability document.
  3. metalflakk

    metalflakk Guest

    Im using PTLE just fine on a PowerMac 2.0 dual; not sure dual=more plugins though...
  4. Motske

    Motske Guest

    Hey, apparently there are new processors in the pipeline (from Intel) due for Q2 2005. I believe they are releasing their new 'dual core' chips... They say this is the first "non-linear" shift in cpu performance in a while.. which means a sh!tload of grunt 8)
    I'd wait a bit :wink:
  5. o2x

    o2x Active Member

    Mar 17, 2005
    I use a Dual Xeon 2.4 with my PT HD system. It most definitely makes a difference with plugins. I also have 6Gb of RAM. Huge processing power won't do much unless you have the RAM and bus speeds to match up.

    Dual architecture allows for more processing power in the same box. Supercomputers use the same basic theory, but using multiple machines. Mucho power!

    However there is a limitation to how much data can be passed back and forth through the i/o bus (Firewire uses the PCI bus) so don't bother with the fastest processors, The i/o bus will generally reach saturation point before your processors do.

    In an LE system you shouldn't really have that much difficulty with the machine you have.

    What is your setup??? RAM, Chipset etc. And just how many plugs do you run at once.

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