Originally Posted by fdegregorio
Thanks Scott for that info. I'm setting up a TV/Film scoring workstation built on PT 9 and VePro and your set up really helps my very impending purchase.
I've been waiting for the mac pro refresh and will be getting the most hp and ram capability they have based on your set up.
How much ram do you actually use in a standard session? The whole 64 GB in a session? What size Vienna sample set do you run as a template?
I'm trying to get a sample size, number of instruments to RAM comparison.
I'm hoping the new mac pro's are 120+ GB of ram, 16 core sandy bridge with thunderbolt! Rack mount and I'd have to dump my girlfriend for the Mac....lol.
Yes, VE Pro along side PT is great for anything. There's really no limits w/ this combination.
I've yet to use all 64 GB Ram but I'm stoked I have it. I plan to have this Mac for a while. One of my 64 bit templates uses just under 26GB RAM. Then, of course, the 32 Bit server template just under 3GB RAM. Then theirs PT also under 3GB RAM...then there's the OS. A lot of people will be surprised to know that OS X can use up to 7GB RAM if it's avail. I first heard this from a rep at OWC but had never seen it myself.
Still- I never even think about RAM or have RAM issues. Definitely go the OWC route if your getting a Mac. They're great and have a lifetime warranty. You can also go 96GB RAM in the current Mac Pros but I think you actually take a step back. I think they go from 1333Mhz Triple Wide to 1033Mhz or Double Wide or something not as good when you go up to 96GB RAM. You'd have to be doing some pretty nutty stuff to need that much, anyways.
The best part about it is once the templates loaded, no waiting. Everything just sits in the RAM and is always immediately available.
All of that said, you may want to put some thought into buying a Mac Pro now (with SL) vs buying one later (as in next week or whenever it is) when they'll ship with Lion (although you may be able to just install SL- not sure, heard it both ways). Either way, I'm sure if you go down the Mac Pro, OWC RAM, PT 9 and VE PRo route it will be great!
Best of luck!
P.S. Keep in my mind that massive 26GB RAM VE Pro 64 BIT Server template I mentioned allows me to have instant access to pretty much everything I need: Drums (Superior 2), Slate Trigger, Tons and Tons of stuff in Kontakt (more than one Kontakt instance), PLAY 3 (more than one instance with strings, cellos, etc), IK Soft Synths, Omni, Trilian Bass, Stylus RMX etc, etc, etc......I just loaded up everything I need so it's there...no waiting....no crashing...just works and it works immediately. SSD's are a plus too!