Oliver - it is a thought that has crossed my mind a fair bit.
However, the tech upgrade I’m going through is quite large - and will hopefully last me for a good 2.5 to 3 years in one hit.
Unfortunately, installing 10.6.x on brand new machines that come with 10.7 is a VERY difficult proposition (getting it to work on a current i7 mac mini was a rather big challenge) and not really what I’d prefer to be doing for a professional environment. And not really something I want to spend too much time on! I want to get back to making great audio.
The upgrade is for 3 separate systems… 1 major post room, my composition room, and a portable composition rig. 6+ macs all up (depending on further testing of mac minis as multiple slaves (perhaps even up to 6 of them… though 1RU 2600k win machines are also on the cards and looking a v interesting concept, if only I can get the weight down!)
On my composition rig, I’m wanting to run a purely 64bit environment. Why? Well, 32bit plugs like altiverb just don’t cut it in 64bit nuendo - especially not being able to process the plugin on audio events. And as much as it is only a small thing, the GUI “workaround” is an absolute workflow killer for me.
When it comes to evaluating the way I work, I became aware at how much small little things like the workaround for running 32bit plugs through a bridge effect my creative workflow. I need the technology to “get out of the way” - be as transparent as possible, and I’m looking forward to making the composition rig as creatively inspiring to work on as possible.
And as I’ll be maintaining all these systems, I’ll be wanting them all to be running the same systems - same plugs, same OS etc (up to a certain point of course.)
Running Nuendo in 32bit mode is also not an option - even running VEPro, I still need nuendo to be able to address more than 3.5GB of ram. Again - this is for MY particular workflow - I’m not sure if others would be faced with the same issues.
So - for as long as Altiverb is in the wilderness, I really need to look at other options.