I am just getting around to testing the setup for processing headroom, using Cakewalk, in this case
I created a software instrument track, along with a short MIDI pattern. I then stacked 4 plugin effects on each audio track; modulation, reverb, EQ and a compressor, for a total of 5 plug ins per track.
I then doubled to 2 tracks/10 plugins, then 4/20, then 8/40, where it finally stuttered and complained.
I removed the last instance (now 7/35 plugins), and it played under the limit, which will be a good estimate as to how many tracks/plugins I can use before clogging the system.
Previously, I was limited to about 8-10 total tracks/plugins using an i5 based laptop with USB3.0, so it’s definitely upped my ability to fully suss out compositions without getting blocked out by the system process limitations. I started optimizing using Brad’s excellent GlitchFree instruction, but I haven’t completed that process yet, so I may see more gains later.
Overall, I am pleased with the system. I am keeping an eye on certain interfaces, and the Quantum 2626 has popped up on my radar. I am also intrigued by the AVB/Dante/SoundGrid/etc type interfaces I have seen. It may pay to use a combination of devices in daisy chain on an AVB type backbone, which has blazingly fast data transfers and extremely low latencies.
Intel i9 Core 12900K Processor 3.2<>5.2 GHz Clock
MSI MEG Z690 ACE MB with PCIe Gen 5.0/x16 and Thunderbolt 4
64GB RAM - G.Skill Trident Z5 RGB DDR5-5600
2 x 2TB SSD - WD Black SN850 M.2 NvME 2280 (PCIe Gen 4/x4)
MSI Radeon RX 6600 MECH 2X 8G Graphics Card
MSI MPG A1000G PS
DeepCool Castle 360EX AIO Water Cooler
Phanteks Case & Fans
Just over $3230 … I was planning on $2500 … Close enough !