I am considering purchase of a Presonus Firebox
I am aware that as a coreaudio class complaint device this will be subject to cpu spikes.
I run a dual 2.0 G5 with 2 gig of ram. I also plan to purchase a laptop at some point, probably one of the current models or similar.
My max project (in development) incorporates FFT, buffers and other cpu hungry stuff. Currently nearly finished one channel of the patch, hope to replicate this to 3 others and its already using 20% CPU. Well this may be my bad architecture but i get the impresson that MSP aint to efficient in this regard anyhow.
My question: have people experienced the CPU spike issue with Max/MSP? What cards and setups? Would you see this as a cumulative issue in conjunction with a CPU heavy patcher? How does max respond to issues such as CPU spikes, and to heavy CPU loads generally?
And do people have any experiences to share on the PreSonus Firebox in particular? I have searched and found some useful information here to date on interfaces, if anyone has anything useful to add re this device and CPU drain would be great...
And it seems just nuts that mac coreaudio would create so many issues! Totally unimpressed.
If it seems unavoidable and signifcant as an issue with any coreaudio device I may just go to the motu ultralite, which is much more expensive than id like