Audiogridder is the best addition to a DAW which you never knew you would need. But if you got it, you ask yourself why this isn't available in DAWs natively yet.
I'm using it with Ableton Live and it made my Computer so much more powerful.
Review is based on 1.2b6, although also 1.1 has most features, but is not as good to use on a local computer.
- sandboxing plugins (if plugin crashes, DAW does not crash).
- offloading work to other CPU cores (if you have a 4+ multi core processor), and this really works. I can load more plugins than ever before, especially on the master bus.
- offloading work to other computers.
- plugin chains within a single instance.
- open source.
- it's free.
- introduced latency is still quite high (it's by design because of the roundtrip time/renderning overhead), but I maybe this could be imrproved in future versions maybe a bit.
- no commercial product available (that means you have to hope the developer has an interest in supporting the product for a longer time and keep it compatible with previous versions).
- uses free JUCE framework with added overlays when loading (minor negative point).
All in all the pros outweigh the contras, but still it is unclear how long it will be supported. I encourage people to donate to the developer, even small amounts, to keep him working. Since this is the best thing that happened to multi-core CPUs/heavy DAW processing since a lot of years.Read Review