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28 Jul 2020
So if you're thinking about a boost to an old PC which still works fine for you, here's my experience. First some notes;

-Check if the motherboard has Sata ports. If yes then great, current SSD's are sold as Sata 3 compatible while old PC's may have Sata 2. Don't worry, just like USB Sata 3 can work on Sata 2 input and still is faster than a HDD.

-I wanted a really cheap option so bought a crucial bx500 240gb. There are 120gb models too but their lifespan is 50% shorter as SSD's have a limit of writing data to the same space. This model isn't considered durable but the math says it should work for 5 years if I move 48gb a day, so considering my computer is old it should be plenty.

-The 240gb SSD for me is windows and programs only, the 1TB HDD is now used for other data (for storage or use)

-While installing I did bump into 1-2 problems, not with the SSD but when installing a new windows. My cousin is a computer wiz. and helped me on the phone, but if you don't know anyone like that get the job done by a tech. as they ideally shouldn't charge too much. My problems were related to the machine being older than 5-6 years (old bios), if yours is not as old likely there won't be problems, give it a shot if you're confident. It's a really good idea not formatting the windows on the HDD before you finish installation on the SSD.

After when I setup everything and started installing stuff the first thing I noticed was the lack of HDD noise biggrin.gif its something minor but when its not there you definitely notice it.

Windows opening speed wasn't as drastically improved as I read about, but you really notice the launch the speed after you install things like webbrowser, DAW, virus program etc. . They're pretty much launch instantly but also work way faster too.

Naturally internet speed doesn't get affected but when you enter a site where there are lots of pictures it will open-up much faster.

One interesting thing I noticed was the HDD got much faster when it isn't running windows anymore, I'd say about 30%. I've done a lot of moving data and never remember getting such speeds from it before. I haven't installed Kontakt yet but pretty sure instruments will open a touch faster.

So since small size SSD's are really cheap now, I definitely recommend the upgrade for whatever reason you're still using an old PC.
19 Jul 2020
Friend of mine who teaches online since covid now has suffered a bad injury. He felt pain from his shoulder and back while just about to start recording a new single. The pain started mildly on day 1 but got so bad he couldn't sleep on day 2...

Went to the hospital, turns out the tendons were damaged from his shoulder area. He's been resting for a week now using mild medication. The medication is for anti-inflammatory. It's interesting cause tendon damage usually happens around the wrist.

Our guess of cause is related to teaching live-online. He has a heavy LP and probably while showing stuff to students through camera, the un-ideal holding position+the weight of the guitar slowly brought damage he wasn't aware.

He gave a break to teaching for 2-3 weeks, the doctor said it was ok for him to recording the single cause some movement is good for the healing process. After that probably will get a light guitar and better camera angle to continue the lessons.
3 Jul 2020
He'll start recording his bands 4th single today (will be released by Sony music Turkey), a friend of his let him borrow a kemper and he's been comparing it with Overloud THU.

But before getting into that, he was using cubase 5 with is one of the most popular cracked DAW other there. It's a 10 something y.o. version of cubase and it can't make THU work. He was so used to that DAW and was almost afraid to switch to another. I convinced him to try Reaper and offered him help to show the stuff he needed.

I didn't even go to his place (Covid), we installed teamviewer. Its a program that connects computers, I could basically see and use whatever he see's on his screen and talk through a mic.. In about an hour he learned everything he needed like basic editing, punch-in, multitrack render...he's very happy now smile.gif

Also the THU he had was cracked and caused a virus problem. I pointed him to buy THU rock+the friedman pack (he prefers that tone) which is a huge saving compared to the full version if you're ok with 1 main amp sound. He been living on teaching online since covid so though money is tight, still an affordable option.

As for the comments on THU vs Kemper, he found them to be near identical tonally but Kemper sounding warmer if you focus on the details. So for this single, he might be using the Kemper for the fun of it but likely use THU for the rest of the album.

PS I could go right now to compare them myself but cause of the Covid thing probably won't, maybe if he needs serious assistance (cause I sometimes get calls where engineering skills needed) then I'll hear for myself and post back here..
24 Jun 2020
Sharing for those who are into mixing;

If one knows what a multiband-comp. is, imagine this tool as a super detailed version of it but actively eq'ing rather than compressing. So any sort of harshness, deessing, mastering peak pretty much as useful as an eq.
24 Jun 2020

This will be a big deal for likely the next 2-3 years for Mac users, specially when they become buyers again.
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