When Cakewalk launched the first digital audio workstation that's
natively 64-bit last month, everyone's question was — so what does
that do for me, exactly?

VP of Engineering Ron Kuper had to be converted, too, says Cakewalk,
but extensive performance testing showed benefits that made 64-bit
worthwhile. The company has just published a white paper
explaining in detail. For us laypeople, it comes down to two things,
though: more memory (meaning bigger samples!) and better performance
thanks to more registers and better designs. Plug-ins do need to be
ported to reap those benefits, but backwards compatibility should make
this an easy transition.

The only way to test for yourself is to try Cakewalk x64 on the 64-bit Windows. Ah, well — back to my humble 32-bit PC and Mac.

  • Guest

    Ron tried to claim on another board that he really was first. tell me how, if you emerge ardour on an amd64 isntall of gentoo, with no 32bit chroot, that you do not have a 64bit native DAw? you get the additional general-purpose registers without any additional effort thanks to GCC. it just annoys me to see them claiming this "first" binnis…

  • admin

    . . . that was my claim, not Ron’s, at least in this case. I suppose Ardour may indeed have the honor.

    Is Ardour truly 64-bit native when you build it under 64-bit Gentoo? Are the Cakewalk guys doing any additional tweaking? (have to show some ignorance here, sorry)

    To me, all respect for Ardour’s evolution, SONAR is a lot more useful, even if it isn’t first — Ardour’s lack of MIDI support, for instance, is problematic.