VariKusBrainZ wrote:I thought the UADs used some graphics chip, or at least the ones that are the same age as Pulsars etc are ?
That was UAD-1 which IIRC was based on a chip that was used primarily for video encoding/decoding. For UAD-2, they ported everything over to SHARC.
I was a big Scope user and fan (15+ DSP system) in late 90's and early 2000's, so I'm happy to see they've hung on this long. I wouldn't have ever guessed that and the platform looked like it was heading for death, so I sold off while I could still recoup. Scope was fantastic at the time and nothing native came close in terms of sound quality for synths, not to mention it was offloaded. Only thing "better" (debatable how you used it, but not necessarily in sound quality) was hardware VA's (e.g. Virus, Nord, SuperNova) and analog synths. That said, it was always buggy, quirky and you just learned how deal with it and the workarounds. I wonder if it's still limited to 44.1?
I personally wouldn't buy into the platform today, it doesn't fit my needs and quality wise native has caught up if not surpassed it. I'm not against DSP, I own a UAD Apollo Twin, but I only bought/use the plugins that are uniquely UAD (and it's a great interface). For me, DSP for computer based systems isn't nearly as relevant as it was 15+ years ago. If DSP evolves and leap frogs native again, I'd jump back on board, but I don't anticipate that happening. My use isn't everyone's, so it's probably still a good fit for someone, so glad to see the platform live on.