So I have an interesting conundrum about to come to fruition.
Here are the facts of my setup followed by the question.
-I am upgrading to the new Darth Vader edition Mac Pro.
-Most of the time I run cubase 7 in Windows 7 using a bootcamp partion because of Cubase’s radically superior performance in a Windows environment as opposed to a Mac environment. (To stave off questions, I use a Mac Pro because other parts of my business require me to use Pro Tools and Final Cut X in OS X)
-I have for years used an RME RayDAT card with great success and very low latency/processor strain with Cubase in Windows.
-My front end is an Apogee Symphony I/O connected to the RME card via lightpipe.
My problem is that there doesn’t seem to be any viable solutions to keeping my RME card. The most touted PCIe/Thunderbolt box is the one from Sonnet, but they don’t support Windows (only OS X). I can’t use the Apogee Thunderbolt box because they also only work in OS X and I need the dual boot ability.
I have begun to look at getting the Avid Thunderbolt HD native card as an option. My main concern is that although Avid says it will work with Cubase using the Avid ASIO driver, will it give me the same performance/latency as my RME card? If it DOES this would be a no-brainer purchase for my because I know the performance in protools will be unmatched. I just can’t give up any performance/stability in Cubase because it is my main composing tool.
Anyone have any experience with the Avid HD native (pci or thunderbolt) with Cubase in Windows?
OR does anyone have any advice on a solution I haven’t considered yet?