Thought some users might be interested in impressions on how the M1 Max Pro is working via rozetta with Cubase 11 Pro.
In a word - wow.
It is the most bizarre experience having a fully loaded project and not a single fan turning on. Not even on song export. With around hundred tracks. Multiple Kontakts, komplete kontrols with Strings like symphobia and other orchestral elements. Many instances of Soothe 2 (albeit on eco settings) as well as gulfoss etc.
The machine is COMPLETELY SILENT. It’s like it’s just sitting there doing nothing, until you realise it is running a big project.
It took a while to set things up, but only because I had to update all my VSTs and I have a lot. But pretty much everything now runs in Rozetta, other than waves. I need to completely repurchase all waves plugins if I want M1 compatibility and I’ve decided I’m not going to go down that rabbit hole with waves again, apart from maybe one plugin. Everything else works seamlessly. Izotope, NI, Output, Shaperbox etc etc
Battery life is giving me around 6 hours using cubase pro all guns blazing, which is pretty good. I used to get 3 hours with jet fans.
This machine is very impressive, and a joy to use. The keyboard is great.
M1 Pro Max (you probably don’t need the Max) and Cubase Pro 11 is a powerful match. And the crazy thing is Cubase is not even M1 native yet. I’m already seeing approximately a 20-25 percent cpu performance boost when comparing the audio Performance metres in the same project on both the intel mac pro and the new M1 Pro Max.
Once Cubase is M1 native, the mind boggles as to how much more improvement there will be. This is truly desktop class performance gone mobile. The laptops are back ordered for a long time so clearly these machines are selling fast. Fingers crossed Steinberg capitalises on this, and announces M1 compatibility alongside this months 11.5 release.