> Lastly, broadcast, at least radio broadcast, has stuck,
> with XP Pro as the OS of choice for PCs. General
> unstability for audio work and problems with drivers is
> the reason, possibly along with the conservative nature of
> broadcast engineers. Also in this world, the Lynx cards
> have largely replaced the CardDeluxe for two channel
> applications. RME cards seem more oriented to
> mult-channel applications.
I have stubbornly clung to XP Pro, at least for my main
machine. because it just works. In the last year, however,
I've gone from 2 to 5 computers, so now I have 3 XP, one
Vista 64-bit and one W7 machine. I cringe every time a new
Microsoft update comes out.
I have 2 Card Deluxes and one RME ADAT interface (the other
2 are laptops) and use Wavelab 6 as my stereo editor.
Wavelab 6 is not supported for 64-bit, but it mostly works
on my Vista machine (except I have to monitor recordings
through Audacity), and Wavelab 7 is only supported on W7
onward. This is a rock and a hard place for me. I got one
license for Wavelab 7, which I put on my W7 machine, and
spent many hours trying to comprehend the new workflow. I
just didn't get it.. So, I retreated to my trusty XP Wavelab
6 setup. So now I am doing my most productive work on the
slowest computer I have using outdated, no longer supported
software, because it ...just...works.
I bemoan the relentless advance of technology, but I realize
In my (little-used) multi-track room I have a Presonus
24-track digital mixer that connects to the computer via
Firewire 400. To get a compatible firewire interface for my
laptop computer, I had to buy an express card which will
dislodge itself upon the slightest provocation, which does
not instill confidence. I ended up getting a Firewire 800
PCI-e interface for the home desktop, wihch works fine with
a 400 adapter, but feels rather dodgy as well (I hate things
hanging off of my computer, be it a dongle, an e-licenser or
a 1/4"-1/8" adapter). On the other hand, I recently bought a
portable 1TB hard drive which runs on USB3, However, I have
no USB3 ports on any of my computers. Luckily, USB3 is
downward-compatible with USB2, so I can use it, but I can't
take advantadge of USB3's promised 10-fold speed increase.
When will it all end?, or perhaps more pertinent, when will
the vendors catch up with the technology?
My .04 cents