It is not my job. I am a Network Engineer.
"Second of all (and here's the kicker) there's the amount of DSP that can be dedicated to the process. Which is why Lexiverb will sound different that the 480 even though they're both done on CHIPS and the algorhythms are by the same manufacturer."
Wrong! It is still the Algorhythms (The real Kicker!). The DSP only dictates if the job can be done. More complex Algos need more DSP. DSP has no sound and never will. This makes me think of the 480 Algo in my M5000
Point is, this math/Algo can be done by any DSP hence, my comment above. It is 1's and 0's and they don't have a sound either.
"But the reality is that a computer dedicated to reverb is going to be more powerful than a single chip in the case of TDM or other host based systems or a cpu sharing other processes in the case of native."
You are right for now. But, in the near future PCs will so outpower dedicated boxes it will be scary.
"but a PC or Mac are not dedicated to a specific task, they are designed for general purpose. If the box was more powerful in the case of reverb why would anybody buy a TC6000 or Lex 960 when they could buy a fully decked out PC or Mac and have a bunch of dough left over for 2 or 3 more?"
This is why I think these algos are not being ported. Your are right..nobody would buy the hardware.
This IS the future you speak of. Speak with confidence, it will happen.
"This is why NO plug in sounds as good as the top end hardware. This may not always be the case but it certainly is now. Anybody who doesn't think so can come over to my studio and put their best plug in next to my 15 year old 480l
and YOUR ears will prove my point."
All I can say is my Altiverb sounds pretty damn close to the verbs I sampled from my 300 and M5000
I can hear the difference but, I am finding more and more I am able to stay in the box and am eager for the day the ITB can superceed outboard. The technology is there. And it will.
BTW: I am selling my 300 and M5000
cause I put what I liked in Altiverb.
Are you interested?
Nice touch with the insults.
Keep the luck. My life is very full.