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Synchron Pianos System Requirements
Last post Fri, Nov 13 2020 by Paul, 6 replies.
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Posted on Thu, Nov 12 2020 07:53
by mat123
Joined on Wed, Jun 24 2015, Posts 23

Hi folks,

while planning the purchase of a laptop capable of running synchron Bösendorfer Imperial and upright, I realized that this is going to be expensive, at least if I buy a macbook (2750,-€).

I understand the high demand for RAM since the amount of sample data is impressive.

What I do not understand is the need for a processor this fast. Recommended is i7, which is nothing less than the high-end version of the latest Intel-MacBook Pro.

Why is that so? I am just curious. Other libraries demand much less CPU power. What are synchron pianos doing that other libraries don't?

Posted on Thu, Nov 12 2020 10:23
by bbelius
Joined on Sat, Mar 14 2015, Posts 837

Hi Mat,

It's really hard to give straight forward hardware recommendations, because there are multiple parts that will influence performance.
For example a HDD is too slow for Synchron and BBO products, a SSD is great, but with an NVMe SSD you can lower RAM and CPU usage.
Also it really depends on how many mics you want to use at the same time.

I have a desktop i5 with 6 cores and I can use these pianos perfectly. My notebook has a pretty limited i5 with 4 cores, but I'm still able to use 2, maybe 3 mic positions at the same time, if I'm not doing anything else.

"Why is it so? [...] What are Synchron Pianos doing that other libraries don't?"
- Immense amount of velocity layers (up to ~80)
- simulating half-pedaling
- advanced note-release technology, which selects the correct release sample depending on the initial velocity and the time until the key is released. It's like magic, but better - it's real! ;-)
- the notes are recorded playing to the end, no early note-cutoff

Best, Ben

Ben
Vienna Symphonic Library
Posted on Fri, Nov 13 2020 09:25
by mat123
Joined on Wed, Jun 24 2015, Posts 23

Thanks, Ben!

Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining. From what I can tell with my limited experience with a desktop machine, the two Synchron Bösendorfer libraries are WAY better than the "other, less demanding" libraries, I was comparing them to.

The question now is: do they run perfectly on a 16GB MacBook Pro, if the samples are stored on a fast external SSD (provided the processor is powerful enough)? I need only the standard version of the libraries. For about 300€, one can get a 1TB Harddrive from Samsung with 2800 MB/s read speed (NVMe SSD with thunderbolt 3), would that be enough?

It is much easier/cheaper to get a 16GB MacBook Pro than a 32 GB one. The most expensive MBP, however, is the one that doesn't work properly.

Any hint is greatly appreciated since I cannot test the configuration without buying the harddrive...

Mat

Posted on Fri, Nov 13 2020 10:58
by Paul
Joined on Sat, Aug 03 2002, Vienna, Posts 12288

Hi mat123, 

That sounds like a good system. Performance will also depend on the kind of music you are playing, and the number of streamed voices. The more demanding the music, the heavier the workload. 

The 16 GB MB Pro with external Thunderbolt 3 NVME sounds like a good setup. 

I didn't get why the most expensive MB Pro wouldn't work properly... 

Best, 
Paul

Paul Kopf
Product Manager - Vienna Symphonic Library
Posted on Fri, Nov 13 2020 11:56
by mat123
Joined on Wed, Jun 24 2015, Posts 23

Thanks, Paul! I'll give it a try then.

> I didn't get why the most expensive MB Pro wouldn't work properly...

Sorry, that wasn't clear. I wanted to say: if you buy something cheaper (MacBook with less RAM), then it might turn out to be more expensive if it doesn't work properly (sell it, buy the bigger one).

Posted on Fri, Nov 13 2020 13:39
by Paul
Joined on Sat, Aug 03 2002, Vienna, Posts 12288

Hi mat123, 

Thanks for the explanation!

Let us know how it goes!

Best, 
Paul

Paul Kopf
Product Manager - Vienna Symphonic Library
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