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Old 12-19-2011, 01:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Tommy Zai View Post
Where would be the most efficient place to add the FX? I mean in N3 or DAW?
As most DAWs do have multi-threaded rendering, the default answer is yes, put FX in the DAW, but there are always other considerations. If you have a dual-core machine (but not an i5 or i7), then the computer can only efficiently run two threads at once, and as the UI thread for any music app tends to be pretty busy, there is a much shorter limit to the benefits of a multi-threaded render there. On a 4+ core system, it is a different story.

Also, most FX are pretty low CPU. Reverb (esp. convolution reverb), pitch shifting and some types of EQ (that fancy linear-phase stuff...) can be expensive, but delays, chorus, ring mod, all very low CPU. What I see most often taking lots of CPU are analog emulation synths -- some of which are mentioned in this rather excellent discussion. So my recommendation is that if you are expecting CPU load to be an issue, then look at the most expensive Synths you are running, and move those to another host.

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