Native Tracks

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Speedy, May 14, 2001.

  1. Speedy

    Speedy Guest

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    Can't get more than 16 native tracks on my system. ( 1 EDS card, MEC, C-16, ADI , A8I, A80, Asus CUSL2 @ 800MHz, 256 RAM).

    The manual vaguely refers to the subject as CPU dependant.

    How many native tracks can 1 EDS card (in a reasonable system) provide?


  2. Dedric

    Dedric Guest


    I'll have to get back to you on OMF unless someone else has an answer...

    On native tracks - it is strictly CPU dependant (EDS card not a factor), as it is in Nuendo, Logic, etc. For a native submix, the EQ is also run in the CPU so be sure to turn off any unused bands! I know one user ran some incredible number of native tracks just trying to max out his system. If you have other submixes running, other plugins, etc, you won't get many native tracks. I tried adding a few native tracks on one of my mixes that already had 32 card tracks, a virtual submix and several Waves plugins. It didn't work very well so I went back to running them virtual. Plugins are probably the biggest CPU issue limiting the number of native tracks.
  3. RDJ

    RDJ Guest

    I am using an AMD Athlon 1200 mHz processor on ABIT KT7A-Raid mainboard with 384 MB RAM as my Paris platform. I have achieved 32 native tracks with this system. Native tracks are CPU dependent in Paris but also have their own advantages, like being able to apply DX or VST plugins across the auxes. As in any native DAW, in order to achieve high track count, you will need a fast processor. AMD processors have proven more capable of FPU calculation so if you're looking for enough horsepower to run native tracks along with multiple plugins, I would suggest an AMD system with at least a 1000mHz CPU. Your Hard drive throughput capabilities will also be a factor once you get enough power to achieve the track count. If you're using IDE hard drives, Maxtor 60G 7200 RPM ATA100 drives have achieved throughputs of over 80 tracks playback of 24 bit 44.1kHz audio files.

    RDJ :cool:
  4. Speedy

    Speedy Guest

    10x RDJ,
    AMD is not compatible with Digi and others, and my system is a multi platform 1. (Clients...)
    I'm using an IBM 30 gig 7200 RPM @ ATA 100, no problems there.
    I like the native option too. However, I get crashes and errors sometimes. Last one was a crash in updating a submix containing a Trueverb strapped across 2 mono channels in stereo mode. Using the render option didn't cut it.
    96 KHz is crawling in, and Paris is nowhere there... :(


  5. Dedric

    Dedric Guest

    Originally posted by Zooot:
    10x RDJ,

    96 KHz is crawling in, and Paris is nowhere there... :(

    And when it does we'll all need 10GHz machines with 20,000rpm drives to run full 32-track mixes. I am looking forward to it, but I also enjoy being able to run a lot of tracks on a reasonably priced system without having to bleed to death on the cutting edge of technology. In a couple of years 96k or even 192k will probably be standard (as long as the consumer market falls in line with ditching CDs). 192k supposedly sounds noticeably better than 48k where 96k is at best subjectively better, and almost indistinquishable to many.

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