Originally Posted by tom_lowe
People are finally realising native is better in most cases and at very least as good as a TDM system, this is why I can't believe Avid are still trying to sell new hardware. If a 12-core Mac currently beats and HD6, then surely the Ivy Bridge CPUs (maybe in a Mac, most likely not) will beat the HDX that Avid say is equivalent to an HD10. Since you need a fairly recent Mac Pro to run HDX (would make more sense if you could use it to upgrade a Mac Pro 1,1 etc) then isn't this utterly pointless, since the more power PC would be far cheaper.
The HDX hardware makes perfect sense for feature film mixing where you need massive numbers of voices and don't want to link too many multiple machines. An HDX2 provides 512 voices and supposedly the equivalent of an HD10 TDM plus whatever native processing is available. With an HDX3 that increases to 768 voices and a third more card processing.
While even an HDX2 is going to be overkill for the vast majority of users, for those mixing Hollywood features it is cheaper and makes more sense to go with one HDX2 or HDX3 than the equivalent number of HD Native systems that would be required to provide the same number of voices and needed processing. Remember that each Native system will need it's own powerful computer and a Sync HD
as well as duplicate licenses for any non bundled plugins. That is a lot of extra expense, nevermind the hassle of dealing with mutiple systems.
The issue of high end native algorithmic reverb plugins is also still a question. There will reportedly be native versions of Revibe
and Reverb One coming out, but no one knows how much CPU power they will gobble up.