Dorico has been too unstable on a 2013 6 core Mac Pro with SSD/128GB RAM (no useful debugging info unfortunately) so I took the plunge to Windows, since the long term plans are to transition off of Apple anyhow. So far it’s been a resounding success with some issues still to sort out.
- X299 i9-9940X 14 core
- 128 GB RAM
- All NVMe SSD
- ASUS X299 Deluxe II w/ 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports
First I’m surprised at the greatly improved performance - I can use the BBCSO natively in Dorico with zero issues so far! Switching between tracks is instant, and overall the application is running faster. On the Mac Pro I had to put the BBCSO into VEP for it to be usable. But it’s so smooth that I’m easily writing music and editing the expressiveness, easier than before at least.
The screen presentation didn’t look so good at first, but after enabling Clear Type (thanks Daniel) I’m actually liking it more than the mac. Same monitor but it’s crisper and cleaner.
Navigation was one of my worries, but using the ‘z’ and ‘x’ keys to zoom, scroll to go up/down and page up/down to go sideways is working great.
A big advantage now is I have support for Stream Deck XL profiles in both Dorico and Nuendo, and there’s also better support for other devices.
The MIDI and audio has been fine. One issue is that Focusrite only recently added Windows Thunderbolt support, and my RED 4PRE isn’t quite working. I’m using a Clarett 8PRE meanwhile which is working with no issues.
Really there’s little I miss. Maybe just the MIDI studio that mac has, and the MIDI snooping app (there’s probably an equivalent here). But overall I recommend the experience, this monster machine cost a quarter what that stupid 2013 Mac Pro cost, and that was released already obsolete and never upgraded.
Oh and finally - the cynlinder mac is known to be quiet, this machine is even quieter. Can’t hear it at all at a couple feet away.