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Sent: Monday, February 04, 2002 11:08
Subject: Re: eventide general
At 1:00 PM -0500 2/4/02, Dennis Leas wrote:
I suppose it depends on what "most
powerful hardware FX processor" means.
Apples and oranges. We're in the realm of marketing-speak. If the
goal is to be strictly accurate then we have to be rigorous in our comparisons
AND our vocabulary.
In raw processor power, clearly a Kyma
system is tops with 28 DSPs versus 2 on the Orville.
Although just the number of DSPs isn't an accurate metric in many
cases (the chips' capabilities may vary) in this case you're probably right.
The Capybara 320 uses 80 MHz Motorola DSP-56309 DSPs; a fully-loaded system is
rated at 4.48 billion operations per second (BIPS or GIPS). Eventide uses a
mixed bag of both Motorola and proprietary chips, but I believe they're using
two 56303s (roughly equivalent to the 56309).
On the other hand, the Eventide units
can function standalone while Kyma requires an attached
That would probably make it the "most powerful standalone hardware FX
Then there's the DRE-S777. It does
reverb modelling based on near realtime
convolution. This feat is
unequaled by *any* other device that I know of.
Perhaps that makes it "most powerful
hardware FX processor"?
That would probably make it the "most powerful convolution-based
hardware reverberation processor."