Check out the Satellite. Review of the Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Quad, firewire DSP accelerator card for mixing and mastering with powered plugins.
Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Quad Review
[..YouTube..] What would you recommend for PC? UAD-2 QUAD DSP? What are the price ranges on these badboyz, including your Mac Hardware? I've seen many people get into hardware plugins over the years and they seem amazing -- more recently I've seen yourself and Dave Pensado demonstrate them on youtube. cheers V.
[..YouTube..] Don't know if this got asked earlier in this thread....but after clicking 5 pages of comments back.....is there an equivalent bundle of plug-ins: I'm working with an HP laptop, so no firewire for me. How does any of the Waves stuff stack up? Other options?
[..YouTube..] @DJVespers Yes sorry I meant 48k. You thinkthe D/A converters matter if I'm not actually recording anything into my comp? It might sound better through my monitors but the actual audio will remain the same either way right? That was the impression I was under.
[..YouTube..] @TheSupaninja420 Oh, and def produce in 24 bit. I use a sample rate of 44.1 K. There's no 44.8 K, did you mean 48K? It all depends on the sample rate of your recordings and samples. If they're in 44.1 K then upsampling to 48 K in Ableton will cause negative impacts to your audio quality as Ableton's sample rate conversion algorithm is real time, and thus lower quality.
[..YouTube..] @TheSupaninja420 Hey hey. In regards to latency, these plugins don't like to be run at very low buffer sizes. Use 512 samples or more. I never notice latency issues with them, but then again, I don't typically use them for tracking, I use them for mixing. Every modern DAW has latency compensation built in so you shouldn't notice it at all.
I would def consider getting an external soundcard for your Mac. Using built in audio is not advisable for pro audio. The D/A converter is brutal.
[..YouTube..] @MistaMase102 I think you missed the point on this. The extra processing power is great, but it's the quality of the plugins that's the real benefit with this unit. They're hands down the best sounding analog emulation plugins in the industry. And you can't get them to run on anything except UA cards.
[..YouTube..] Been lusting after this for a while but not sure if it's worth it. No noticeable latency with these plugs?
Also what is the best latency settings for Ableton? Right now I'm at 14.5ms overall latency with 300 sample size buffer. No audio interface, just straight from the audio jack on my iMac to my monitors. I don't record either, just straight ITB. What do you suggest?
Also at 24 bit 44800 is this good?
Please do more videos demoing some of these plugins. Thanks, nice crystal necklace!
[..YouTube..] i think they included different power adapters because they figure people in other countries may want to buy the unit not just because north americans may want to travel with it lol
[..YouTube..] wow, just checked the price - a liiiiiittle too expensive lol. i think i might just get windows 7 64bit and upgrade my ram, its probably my cheapest n easiest option.
[..YouTube..] @Electronicchocolate Werd. Are you using a PC to produce your music? I am just curious what kind of kit do you use? If you are a PC guy against your wishes what kind of problems do you run into? I have updates shut off and I was able to limit services so they don't run. I can help you do those things if you like. A little google goes a long way! Seeing from your page your an Ableton guy as well, so no matter what platform you use, your ok in my book.
[..YouTube..] @DJVespers If you don't mind me asking, what is the lowest buffer rate you get in ableton? I am able to get around 5-7 ms on my PCI cards and around 10-12ms with a MOTU Firewire card. I like to do live looping and 12ms is a real show stopper when I am getting into a groove. I am always curious to see how other deal with it. And curious to see what Add on's I can use without killing synchronicity, :-)
[..YouTube..] @Electronicchocolate Well my guess is that you have only bought lower end computers (Although I know you are going to list some high end ones to refute this.) There is a culture of cool in development communities about the mac, but it's because no one wants to admit that they still run M$ in a sandbox on their Mac...(I can install Linux on my PC and make it a mac... but why?) Mac's are great don't get me wrong, but there is nothing a mac can do that a PC can't do at half the price.
[..YouTube..] @ne12call Hey mate. I didn't find that this increased latency at all. However, I would term these plugins as mixing plugins not tracking plugins. They don't like really low buffer sizes so I wouldn't use them for recording where I need a 5ms latency. I'd keep the buffer size up over 512 personally.
[..YouTube..] @DJVespers I hear ya, Time is the only thing you can't buy more of. I have always been a PC guy so that is what I use. Had I bought a Apple first, that is what I would use. lol I started as a gamer so I came from a background of tweaking to beat the processor.
But more importantly did this board increase the the latency of your system at all? (Second processor of the PCI bus means some resources are required to run the audio through it.) Sometimes I have to raise my sample rates with new toys.
[..YouTube..] @ne12call Yeah, it takes a technical skillset to build a good audio computer. Macs happen to be pretty damn good right outta the box with CoreAudio and the quality of their components. That's worth the extra money for me, not having to faff around with setting up the machine properly. Time is money in my world and I value my time highly.
[..YouTube..] @robdrums69 Every one has a different CPU load, so hard to say. Lots though. Like tons.
[..YouTube..] That's why I use PC's. To be honest, I spend half the money and upgrade to better components. But I'm a geek and take the time to build my own comps, and I just can't justify paying twice as much to give it to Steve Jobz Kidz. Although the head room on my intel 9 series with 16gigs of mem hasn't been pushed to it's limit... (Even with 7 VST's running.) But 1 Day I can justify this...