My recent hard drive crashes gave me the “opportunity” to start over from scratch and reinstall everything. I chose not to use Windows XP x64.
x64 worked, it was stable, and I got a lot of work done on it. However, my list of complaints has grown long over the last couple years:
- Cakewalk has dropped support for it in new versions of Sonar
- Microsoft treats it like a stepchild
- Waves doesn’t support it
- Antares doesn’t support it
- Toontrack doesn’t support it, and in the past few EZ Drummer updates, the groove audition tempo has been broken
- M-Audio only kinda supports it
- Bit-Bridge worked 98% of the time. The 2%, while rare, was frustrating
When I built this DAW, I went with x64 and 64-bit Sonar because I wanted to be on the cutting edge. I knew there would be some compatibility problems, but I believed that Microsoft and Cakewalk were standing behind this platform. While it did work very well, I’ve felt like both companies let me down in the last couple years. I paid a lot of money for x64, an OS that has been largely abandoned as a prototype or proof-of-concept OS.
So, now that circumstances have forced me to start over, I decided to go with good old 32-bit Windows XP Professional as my operating system. I am already enjoying updated M-Audio drivers, a working EZ Drummer, and a few plug-ins that wouldn’t work under Bit-Bridge. x64 is no more.No comments