Originally Posted by passmore
After having used an HDX 2 card system for the last couple of months I can safely say I can do stuff on a single card that would have been possible on a 10 card TDM system HDX is so powerful Avid is not even saying because the nay sayers would not believe it. Once you sit down a really get into an HDX system you will wonder "WTF why would I even consider a TDM system". Once we did our first HDX system I dumped the other five TDM HD 3 systems we had faster that you say "HDX Now"
HDX Faster / more stable / intense power / totally mind blowing.
I certainly do not doubt that HDX is an amazing system, and its important that early adopters like yourself share the good info with the rest of us.
But for a lot of us who already have TDM rigs with all of our DSP plugins in place, apogee, benchmark converters etc.. hardware inserts setup, clients who are paying for our services, there are still no real valid reasons to spend the cash on HDX right now, just to wait for the same plugins we already have to be ported etc... (If money is no object, thats a different story of course, but it still wont get you any new DSP plugins today),
Also current TDM users will not miss out on anything as far as features go since we can turn on the HD Native engine anytime we want (providing you have any 3rd party i/o or even the headphone output from your computer just to check out the features) of PT10 Native.
Its just a big waiting game for HDX the way I see it, we're talking two years easy to even see which developers are really going to port HDX DSP, this year will be a native affair for the most part, 2013 I expect to see the new DSP offerings begin to appear, (now, I hope I'm wrong and DSP plugs show up this year) but 3rd party developers are basically all saying native first, then DSP sometime after, and not many people will believe anything that Avid says until they rebuild the trust of their customers which is going to take a minute.
Lastly the new & next generation of producers, engineers and artists are primarily working in the native format, Logic, Studio One, Reaper, Fruity Loops,Reason,Cubase and now finally Protools. 32bit float and it all sounds great, and a lot of it sounds amazing by todays standard.
My strong suggestion to current HD2-3-4-5-or 6 users is to bite the bullet and figure out a way to get into PT10HD if you havent already.
(not HD 7 to 10 though for $2500, thats just crazy!!
I know a lot of you are pissed at Avids upgrade prices, and rightfully so, but 10HD is worth it (if you can find a less expensive way in ) even if you never by another PT update.
You can run it in native, and get a really nice 3rd party converter, and I'm telling you its gonna sound great, plus you can use all the plugs you already have, you'll have the best of both worlds, just don't listen to the people who say your system is a dinosaur, unless its your clients!!
Track in TDM (no latency) and mix in native if you like, use disc cache, 32 float and hold on to your cash for now.
If after this year Avid hasnt convinced you to stay on board, or go HDX, invest in a native alternative, for me it would be PT Native & Studio One and a 12 core or better mac. Ok Back To Work