Hey guys, so I have been wondering about my recent system build. I went from 12GB of 800MHz DDR2 RAM on my 2008 Mac Pro to 64GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM in my new Windows System.
Now while this may come across as a vanity thread, it’s not. I would like to know from other composers/authors out there who use industry sample packs just how much RAM you use on average for a full large session.
I currently hit around 20GB Max including system resources of around 2-3GB using libraries from AudioBro, CineSamples, 8Dio, Native Instruments etc.
Will I ever really use 64GB, even with future samples/plugins in the next 4-5 years? Have you guys hit any walls yet?
32 GB, and I rarely get that high. All my samples run off SSDs now (spread over 5 drives), which means I can set the preload buffer very low, which reduces how much of the instrument is loaded into RAM.
I use pretty much all the stuff everyone else is using, with the exception of Vienna Symphonic Library stuff. The highest I ever got to was 24 GB.
The main wall I find myself hitting now is CPU spikes. A lot of the libraries that comes out nowadays use very complicated scripting inside Kontakt. This is fine on one or two instruments, but once you load up multiple tracks that utilise complex scripting (and make use of Kontakt’s effects) that’s when you start running into problems. There are lots of libraries that use fancy scripts, but they are not well-optimized, or use too many effects and that renders them unusable for many users. The best example of this is Native Instruments Abbey Road series – and there was a great thread about this a few months ago.http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/any-tips-for-improving-kontakt-performance/68783?page=1
Another issue with the CPU spikes is reverb. A few instances of 2CAudio’s B2 plugin will cripple even the most powerful computer. While it’s not really a problem at the moment – I can see it becoming one a few years down the line.
Will I ever need 64 GB of RAM? Probably not at the moment. I built a PC that will last for the next 4-5 years (currently in year 2). I’ll add upgrades to it over a period of time (I only had the 5 SSD’s since September), and then in 3-4 years I’ll look at building another PC with a new motherboard/processor/RAM configuration, and at that point I might need 64 GB, but far more likely, I will need a better processor.
27gb if im doing a vienna mir project and using symphonic choirs on top. Depends on the strings complexity really…
Hmmm…am I the only one having only 4gb of ram DDR 3 that go along with a normal hard disk….??? and honestly I use lots of vsts and plug ins and tens of tracks in a project….and I thought about buying an extra 4gb just to not fall behind…but then I realized that it’s not that urgent since evereything seems to work fine…btw I’m on windows and cubase 5
Now I use… 2GB RAM – it’s sufficient for audio works and mixing live instruments bands. I don’t use much complex VSTi – I prefer real instruments
2.3 Ghz Intel Core i7 2.3 8gb 1600 MHz DDR3 MBP Retina Display Mid 2012
16Gb ddr3 – just upgrade it. I’ll test this in a big projects soon))))
Intel I7 32GB – Loads of headroom with 32 tracks each with individual compression and Reverb.