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Old 08-07-2001, 01:40 PM
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Default Re: DSP Farm with 5.1 question

I have a mix core with one dsp farm (vintage). The amp farm takes up one whole chip no matter what type it is. Since 4 chips reside on the card you could have 4 amp farms per card. The same holds true for lexiverb, autotune 2.x (3.0 should be better, i think?), waves mechanics timeblender/pitchblender, apogee mastertools and some others. Waves, mcdsp, StereoMixer24, digirack, focusrite will all run on any card but will have higher plugin count (b/c they are optimized for it) on a mix chip. I don't know about the bombfactory.

The dsp farm as oppossed to a mix farm/core uses 4 chips compared to 6, has the older motorola chips which are less powerful and lack ram ( the mix has a combination of sram, dram and no ram ).

Unless a plugin requires a specific type of chip, then it will run on any chip available, with (hopefully) the dsp manager alocating and re-arranging chip usage to get the most out of your available system.
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Old 08-08-2001, 12:06 AM
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Default DSP Farm with 5.1 question

I have a Mix system running 5.1.1. I was considering picking up a dsp farm or 2. I was wondering if the extra dsp needed by the StereoMixer24 can be offloaded on to the dsp farm chips, or if it has to stay on the mix core card? It would be nice to save precious MIX chips for cool things that really need them.

Also I understand that plugs like Ampfarm and Autotune will run just fine on the vintage dsps, and that the new ReverbOne requires a mix chip.

What about waves, mcdsp and bombfactory plugs? I'm just trying to make sure I get the upgrade that will fit my needs best.

P.S Anyone know how many amp farms can fit on a dsp farm? I find myself in situations tracking multiple guitarists and surprisingly they want to go direct to disk and use amp farm, so it would be cool if I could supply enough instances for them to hear the "farmed" results live [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

As always, thanks for the great info!
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Old 08-08-2001, 12:35 AM
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Default Re: DSP Farm with 5.1 question

I'll make a little addendum to my own post to clarify slightly.

I understand a MIX core card has the following chips
A(SRAM): For plugins and or mix engine on chip 1
B(????): One for the mixer plug
C(DRAM): For plugins like long delays and verbs

I guess the simplest question I could ask is what kind of chips are on the vintage farms? I know this has probably been dealt with many times but I was unable to locate it with search.

Thanks again!
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