"the CPU and RAM load is insignificant for a modern, multicore enabled, streaming sampler"...
Not everyone always switches to the latest modern gear. I have an older Q8200 cpu with 4GB DDR2 ram.
You know - I really think this is very significant.
It wasn't until quite recently that the computers known as laptops came of age. Until recently , laptops were compromised by restrictions of size and weight - and, yes, design aesthetic, which invariably led to compromised performance. Most desktops could run rings around laptops of the same generation.
But now ? There are some extremely powerful laptops available for competitively little money - and suddenly the unreliable world of laptops which you have described in many threads is not nearly as fragile as it once was.
Vista as an OS was a bit of a disaster. My main studio computer has those swappable drive bays so I keep dedicated drives for XP and Vista 64 in case I need to go back to those worlds for some reason.
All I can say is that I breathed a sigh of relief when win 7 came along.
8 gigs of ram in modern laptop makes certain issues just disappear.
Technically, I know that I can achieve more in software, more easily, than any rig i worked with in the past.
Our issues are now organizational.
It seems we are so close to getting it right - and I so wish we could see these organizational tools make an appearance in Cantabile.
There is no reason why a searchable database of song setups should not exist in a modem live host.
There is no reason that endless instructions on how a setup is mapped should not be given an efficient method of housekeeping.
And there is no reason that a well implemented plugin which purports to be a workstation should not give access to all its contents via bank/program change LOL.
For me, this whole conversation is about rapid access to setups.
The memory and CPU stuff is somewhat anachronistic now.
The organizational tools are not rocket science. They just need to appear in the package.