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  • Loading lots of samples into RAM with Ensemble Pro on a Mac Pro takes extremely long, solutions...



    Loading 8 GB of samples with Ensemble Pro takes close to 12 minutes on my machine, the first 5 GB load pretty fast (about 1GB per minute), but then it gradually slows down. Loading anything beyond 8 GB takes extremely long (at least an 1 hour for another 8 GB and there’s now feasible way to load more than 16 GB).


    By contrast, it takes Kontakt 4 in standalone mode less than 4 minutes to load 8 GB of samples into RAM and there’s no slowing down going beyond 8 GB.


    I’m loading my samples from separate internal hard drives (Samsung Spin Point F3, 72000U/m) and setting up a new system with a Mac Pro (12-core, 2.66 Ghz, 48 GB RAM). All VSL software (Ensemble Pro, VI Pro) is up to date, clean install on a new machine. Working with logic 9.1. For what it’s worth, Rember RAM test and the extended Apple hardware test report no problem with the installed RAM.


    Is this a Mac platform related problem? Are loading times with larger Windows 7 systems for Ensemble Pro easier to handle?


    Any insight into this greatly appreciated.



  • Hello

    I did a lot of test with VSL with a Macrpo 3ghz and a Raid 0 of 3 x SSD

    A Kontakt 4 template of 6/7 GB on a single SSD loads in 40/60 seconds, a 10/11 GB template of VSL on the Raid 0 loads in 20 minutes if you use VI and 30 minutes if you use VI PRO

    I hope VSL is going to find the trick used by K4

    I just bought a 12 core 2.93 ghz and I am waiting for memory delivery to do more test



    MacBook Pro M3 128 GB 8TB - 2 x 48" screen - Most of the VI libs, a few Synch... libs - Quite a few Kontakt libs - CS80 fanatic
  • Interesting points, thanks for sharing!


    I don’t quite understand why it takes longer to load samples with VI Pro than with the regular VI?


    Is there a speed difference between Ensemble (not using the service center, just as a standalone) and Ensemble Pro in terms of how much time it takes to load samples into RAM (apart from the somewhat longer license scanning process at the initial start)?


    Can anyone comment if these things look different in the world of Windows 7?



  • Vi Pro loads in background; VI loads in forground.

    Apparently there are many way to load samples into memory VSL way and Kontakt way and ????? ( If somebody could do some test with "Play" from E/W it will be great)

    VSL says it is faster on PC, I wanted to make a comparison with the same Mframe,  between Mac os and Win 7 but I have not been able to find somebody with  SE PLUS and Appassionata on a PC



    MacBook Pro M3 128 GB 8TB - 2 x 48" screen - Most of the VI libs, a few Synch... libs - Quite a few Kontakt libs - CS80 fanatic