Originally Posted by arm01
I've just bought Antidote because I thought the sound was great and liked the interface.
Unfortunately I only tried it alone and now I've combined it with a few tracks and some other synths the PC can't handle it!
If I have just one Antidote running it zaps 45 to 50% of the CPU.
PC is win7x64, Pentium D 3.4GHz with 6Gb RAM. Am using Edirol UA-1ex for audio.
Would moving to a firewire audio device help any or is it time to ditch the PC?
I cranked the oscillator settings on a drone and had five instances going on a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook running OS X 10.7.5 with power to run 3-4 uhBik Fs, a Kong, Dr. OctoRex, and Redrum with some effects.
Pentium D is pretty weak these days, especially for the 'big synth' REs. iirc a 1.5-1.6GHz C2D is a match for a 3.2GHz Pentium D.
iirc FW will not use CPU resources like USB does, but I don't think the difference will be signifigant enough for you to notice CPU-wise.
On the dual core i7 MBP I have, now, I can change Predator from 4X oversampling to 32X on a heavy patch and only see 2% more CPU use o.O Maybe 3%.