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Do the brand new Apple computers go faster on transform to audio ?
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terry50
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Sometimes my transform from midi is 12 times faster than real time and sometimes it is only 2 times faster than real time.

Do the brand new Apple computers go faster on transform to audio and bounces.

Are there any advantages to get one in audio ? I know video would be better but I don't know if there is really a boost in audio.
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The faster the CPU the faster it will render audio and video.

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Also, there are several other factors, such as RAM and hard drive speed. A faster CPU alone does not necessarily equal better performance.
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tru dat!

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I am old school and I am used to going by Ghz processor speed - 3.0Ghz is faster than 2.5 Ghz.

So now we got 12 cores at 2.7 Ghz as the top processor.

How do you compare that to a single processor (one core) at 2.7 Ghz??

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Hi Everybody,
I'm going to tell you what I learned since posting this comment.

Notice how all the new Apple computers have one processor instead of two?

It's better to have two processors at 6 core each rather than one processor at 12cores.

From bench tests they found out that some programs run faster on 12 cores and some don't because only the real number crunchers can use 12 cores.

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Having a dual core processor is not necessarily twice as fast as a single core processor of the same speed. For one, the chips share I/O. This is true in MANY ways, but for just two examples, let's look at RAM and the hard drive.

So you get these two processors working twice as fast. But what if your single processor system was using 70% of your RAM to export stems. Adding a second processor will (theoretically) take this to 100% and then the RAM will be your bottleneck. So you add more RAM.

Next, your 5400 RPM hard drive starts choking with all the 1's and 0's you're reading from it and writing back to it. So you upgrade to a 7400 RPM. That gets a bit better, but now your processors are running at 100% again.

Rinse, cycle, repeat. In other words, exporting stems is a very resource-intensive operation and something will always be the bottleneck. And I was only talking about 3 parts of your system that affect this. There are MANY more, such as buss speed, RAM read/write speed, ad infinitum.

There's always something that's going to be the weak link...
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