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Old 28th October 2015 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by neveser View Post
I was under impression that the audio chip on the card was somehow assisting the CPU in processing.
This may be true for built-in effects where a DSP could indeed process audio data (like Motu interfaces), adding extra effect, but there's no "load balancing" between audio chip and CPU.
VSTs consume CPU through the DAW and (depending of your routing, of course) sends out stereo data towards your interface, so 2 channels to convert from digital to analog outputs. This is it not a big deal for whatever audio chip chinese may manufacture