Does anyone know? Have anyone heard? Why no one is jumping on the USB 3.0 audio interface wagon? Could not find one anywhere? Could it be possible they’re waiting for “Light Peak” by inteL? I hear light peak is capable of about 20 GBs per second. But because of the high cost of fiber optics they will be using copper on most motherboards which will bring light peak down to around 11 or 12 GBs per second.
But enough speculation. Imagine a USB 3.0 - 5 or 6GB transfer rate on a Quad CPU system with a 64bit OS, if everything is optimized t would seem to be awesome! In theory it should reduce latency and increase track count capability, allow more plugins,and totally eliminate the need for such expensive plugin devices such as UAD, etc.
USB 3.0 has been out for a while now. Seems someone would have capitalized on it but as far as I can see no one has. Seriously, such speed and bandwidth can turn the recording industry and post production completely around. Why has nobody jumped on this? Seriously curious-
It’s possible (and I’m just speculating) there may be a conspiracy. Consider this. There all ready making studio laptops, right? How much more will it cost them to put some decent converters in that laptop? With speed bandwidths like that and steadily increasing there may no long be any need for ASIO drivers. Consider a whole milt-billion dollar industry will go under, just like that? If it doesn’t happen now it’s bound to happen later as computer speeds increase and device bandwidth becomes larger and larger. The computer has killed more multi-billion dollar industries (and jobs) more than any other device. The pro-audio industry is not immune. One day the computer will become so elaborate the it will likely exceed hardware capabilities. There may be a possibility there are those that can see the handwriting on the wall, and that.s what they are paid to do. They may be holding back progress. You say no way. Don’t forget, Intel did it for years until the competition entered into the picture (AMD, etc.).
Does that seem so strange? An economist once said, if they cured cancer today the US and possibly the world would go into a depression, that’s how much money they make off of cancer treatment. If I remember correctly the last disease they cured was polio or leprosy. That was a very long time ago. Treatment “not cure” is the preferred choice. It was suggested that they may have cures for every disease that exist, but money is a great deterrent against their implementations.
Okay, I know it sounds a bit extreme-
But ultimately the computers will only get stronger, and very likely the software makers with it.