thanks for replying and sharing your experience. I`m not absolutely sure if I got everything but here some of my thoughts:
First off: my problem is not that a special plugin is using much cpu power. This also was the case with DIVA when I bought it and so it would be my personal problem if my cpu can`t stand the load. But here I have the problem that a single instance of a vsti (and together with DIVA I see 2 now) can be handled by one core of the cpu without problems. The problems occour if I use more than one instance as cantabile seems to be not able to use the 4 physical cores of my cpu.
What`s annoying: this is only true as long as I change the multiprocessor-settings in cantabile by hand. After this (even if I turn back to the original settings) cantabile does this load balancing properly! So it obviously is able to do it).
Checking with other DAWs shows me: they are pretty able to handle this. So I see it as a potential weakness in cantabile (besides my personal problem here).
Concerning different VSTis: I agree Serum is a special type of vsti. Steve Duda (the programmer) told some of the ideas and intention behind and I found them very straigt foreward. Serum is a plug with little compromise concerning sound quality (specially items like frequency range, artefacts, aliasing,…) resulting in increased cpu load. What convinced me was the fact that everything I did with this little monster sounded great without knowing why (this was before digging deeper into the background story).
I have some of the typical candidates for lush, thick sounds here: the good old Silenth 1, HIVE, and as representatives of Wavetabels Massive and the Waldorf Micorwave 2. I also had an ear on the Waves Codec. For the last I totally agree: totally thin, sounds like a quick shot to be in the lotary.
Massive is good one but not my no 1 for thick sounds (Multi Saw Tooth and the like).
Sylenth 1 was a good synth when it was released and I now it has high reputation in the field of dancefloor etc. (there are tons of soundlibraries available). But compared to HIVE it has this plasticistic touch.
So I tried some testing: There is a simple but very thick sound in Serum (no wavetable) I tried to recreate in HIVE and Sylenth 1: whereas HIVE got me pretty near Sylenth 1 totally failed for me. There was always this cheap aliasing in the background I don`t like (and I totally agree: all this is a question of personal taste here!!).
HIVE did a good job but in Serum everything sounded more transparent (which of course will not always be what one is whishing).
There are some more aspects that drove my to purchase Serum:
- It comes damned near to the sounds I know from Access Virus
- For me front end and resulting workflow are awsome (and again: personal taste!). It was the first synth since years that let me do sound programming for days (this is not typical for me). I get everything I need with a few clicks.
So I decided to purchase it and I
m happy with it like on first day. So you probably can imagine why Id be happy to have this little machine running properly in cantabile.
All this not meant to be agressive and far from trying to convince anyone from bying something (and no: I`m definitely not on the payroll of xfer records ;-)) - only my personal view on things.
Kind regards, humphrey