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Old 09-10-2018, 07:17 AM
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Default HO with 2Ghz?

Hello everybody!

I am running Hollywood Orchestra GOLD
with a 2011 Mac mini with 8GB RAM and 2 GHz Intel Core i7.

It works fine as long as I do not need more than my actual 8GB RAM
(about 10 Instances of PLAY 5)
CPU stays relatively low.

It would be easy to upgrade to 16GB RAM, and a SSD drive.

My Question now, to all experienced HO composers:

Is my 2GHz i7 CPU enough for a Full HO Setting? as long as I upgrade to 16GB RAM and SSD-Drive?
Old 09-10-2018, 08:49 AM
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Default Not enough CPU for Hollywood Orchestra Gold?

Hello everyone!

My question to all experienced composers:

Can I run Hollywood Orchestra GOLD, with full Instrumentation (about 16 tracks)
on a Mac Mini 2 GHz Intel Core i7; 16GB RAM; SSD-Drive? (8 CPU Threats in Logic)

Actually I have 8GB and no SSD.
it works fine until I used all of the RAM. (e.g. five strings tracks with keyswitch)

So is it worth upgrading to 16GB and SDD Drive with a 2GHz i7 CPU?
Old 09-10-2018, 08:53 AM
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well, a "Full HO Settings" is always dependent on the amount
of patches you want to use. With 16 tracks loaded, I think you
should be able to get by with your intended specs. I'm still a
bit hesitant, though, if the i7 2GHz would be enough.

There's always the difference between "it works" and "it works well"!

Lets take a look at your system specs:

RAM: 8 -> 16GB. Definitely a good option to upgrade. You've
probably noticed that a few of the patches can be quite intensive.

CPU: i7 2GHz. Probably not going to hold out for long. These
libraries are quite intensive. Plesae check via Activity Monitor
> CPU how much you're currently using up. Is it full, or is
there still some wiggle room?

Drive: What's your current internal OS drive (HDD / SSD / capacity)?
Do you intend to swap that with the proposed SSD, or will the SSD be
a separate dedicated sample drive? What is the size and the connection
you will be using?

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Misc computer / Play settings - Here are a few things, which
you can do to improve your DAW capabilities:

- Turn off WIFI and BlueTooth
- Unplug your LAN cable (basically, get off the internet)
- Turn off all background programs such as security etc.
Depending on your security settings, these might actually
be scanning the samples prior to them loading / playing.
- Only open your DAW. Check how many programs are
automatically run upon startup.

NOTE: Please remember that the turned off security settings
should be re-enabled prior to connecting to the internet again!

p. 60: The Sample Cache feature allows you to determine how many
of the samples are loaded directly into RAM or are streamed from the drive.
Test out different levels to see if that helps.
p. 58: The Sample Purge feature allows you to remove any not used
samples from the RAM.

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PS: I first misread your name as MacGyver.
My bad for scrolling down to your message too fast.

PPS Edit: First messages have to be approved by an
admin or moderator, which is why you didn't automatically
see it. I've merged your duplicate into this one.
Lorenz W. - EastWest Technical Support - E-Mail: lorenz@eastwestsounds.com

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