I liked the video Btw, very entertaining, had a good laugh in some spots, you've missed ya calling their Bro... :-)
It's one of my favourite things - wish i had more time to do this stuff
One point re drivers , well its not only drivers Mate, one example - the RME FF400 which has all the boxes ticked for many years will not work under Windows 8, and it has nothing to do with drivers ( I don't think ) as the FF800 works fine, its more to do with firmware /revisions of the controller on the unit.
The FW stack has totally been rewritten again in Win8 , Joy , so without the signed legacy mode driver in Win8 we are going to get more and more FW interfaces that will not work to spec in Win8, mark my words.
Yeah, fair enough. I was at pains to point out that these are the results i got with this gear, this interface and these tests - people shouldn't then assume it's all going to be hunky dory for their gear, but it has been looking good so far. Firewire has never really recovered from XP SP3 - don't know what to do about that really. All we can do is try it out and see. I'm not imagining a fast take up of Windows 8.
I will say though that some of the youtube vids out there bashing Windows 8 are simply ridiculous cases of users being idiots. There's one with like nearly a million views called "Windows 8 - it's almost not terrible" or something and the two guys are basically slagging it off simply because they dont know how to use it and make everything look difficult. Personally i've found it easy and enjoyable to work with and i wanted to demonstrate that to somehow counter some of the weirdness out there. But, you know, it's a personal thing - why use something that causes you pain or offence? There's not enough gain in pure performance to make it a no-brainer upgrade - but also there's innovation and improvements that make it attractive (to me at least). So, you know, fill your boots or don't, i'm happy to work with customers to get either route working. There's a lot of chatter about how unfair it is that manufacturers drop support for their hardware, either by not releasing new drivers or by dropping support for old OS's - so it makes some sense that if you're buying a new system you want it to be as up-to-date as possible on both the OS and the audio interface side. Apps are already Windows 8 only and will there come a time when these are attractive enough to push an upgrade - ipad apps such as the Moog and Korg M20 etc for a couple of quid, on your main PC? Hmmm sounds good to me
Quote Martin Walker:
Anyone who has gradually loaded an audio project to glitching point (as musicians often do in the real world) will know that the final tally of simultaneous tracks, plug-ins and softsynth voices depends on far more than what any CPU meter is reading
Sure, but all you can do is attempt to show something helpful
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