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Old 8th September 2011
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Resource / CPU appetite of various DAWs

Of the more popular DAWs, are there any which you notice to be more resource hungry or efficient than other? I was hoping there might be a consensus on the matter.

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Old 8th September 2011
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Of the more popular DAWs, are there any which you notice to be more resource hungry or efficient than other? I was hoping there might be a consensus on the matter.

Thank you.
They will all be pretty similar. These days computers are so powerful it wouldn't matter anyway.

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Old 11th September 2011
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There are many people who have complained that in Pro Tools RTAS plugins and Virtual Instruments are not as effecient in CPU usage as their Audio Unit or VST equivalents. Without doing large sessions (i.e. hundreds of Efx plugins), or using lot's CPU hungy plugins or Virtual instruments on a modern computer a user may never notice this, and ProTools has a lot going for it otherwise. Also the RTAS plugins that are included with ProTools seem like they may be similar in CPU usage to other similar plugins, it's some of the RTAS plugins by companies other than Digidesign that probably didn't take the time to design their plugins to be efficient in the RTAS format that suffer. It's possible that some of those might be updated over time.
And Some plugins are resource hogs on any DAW- Reaktor, Ozone along with many others (and it varies by version- i.e. version 3.04 might be more efficient that 3.05 even ). But many of those have such unique qualties that where they contribute to a session getting overloaded users will bounce them to disk ("freeze") and deactivate them in order to use them.

Also some programs/plugins/applications that are resource hogs on one operating system may not be so much on another OS, so keep that in mind when reading anecdotes on bulletin boards. Also some applications won't overload CPU if they have a lot of RAM. And some reports of resource hogging is due to user issues- drivers not setup, not knowing workarounds (i.e. in Protools there is MUCH less crashing with RTAS plugins when the RTAS preferences is set to an odd number of processors to use than if All processors are enabled for RTAS processing.
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