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Christian Liu

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Questions about the platform for Hauptwer.

PostSat Jun 27, 2020 9:20 pm

1, As we 've all seen in the news recently,Apple is going to abandon Intel's x86 CPUs. What if in the future, almost all computers have ARM cpus? I do not know whether this will be ture, but will (or does) hauptwerk support ARM computers?
2, For now, does Hauptwerk support the server systems, like Windows server 2019?

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Re: Questions about the platform for Hauptwer.

PostSun Jun 28, 2020 4:10 am

Hello Christian,

Christian Liu wrote:1, As we 've all seen in the news recently,Apple is going to abandon Intel's x86 CPUs. What if in the future, almost all computers have ARM cpus? I do not know whether this will be ture, but will (or does) hauptwerk support ARM computers?


The current version of Hauptwerk (v5) certainly *doesn't* support ARM CPUs (at least, not officially). Apple only announced that they were moving to ARM CPUs a few days ago. Porting Hauptwerk to them may well involve a large amount of work, and we'd also need to await compatibility being added to the third-party platforms that Hauptwerk relies upon (development libraries, such as Qt, iLok, the installer development platform, etc.). Hence it would almost certainly need to be a medium/longer-term project, and we'll just have to see what would be involved over time. There's some possibility that Hauptwerk might just work anyway under Apple's Intel-on-ARM 'Rosetta' emulator (although whether performance would be acceptable would also remain to be seen, and Rosetta doesn't support AVX code, so it would be restricted to using SSE).

Christian Liu wrote:2, For now, does Hauptwerk support the server systems, like Windows server 2019?


It's only fully supported on the platforms listed in the prerequisites section in the main Hauptwerk user guide, which can also be found here:

https://www.hauptwerk.com/wp-content/up ... isites.pdf

As it mentions there, it might possibly work on some other 64-bit pversions of Windows, but we haven't tested them, and we’ll only officially provide support on them for issues that can be reproduced on one of our primary supported Windows platforms listed above, and that don’t appear to be related to the platform.

In practice it probably will work on most 64-bit Windows platforms since 64-bit XP (but we don't guarantee it). I would say that in general, server versions of Windows are likely to have a lot of background services that might need to be disabled in order to perform well for audio/MIDI.
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Re: Questions about the platform for Hauptwer.

PostSun Jun 28, 2020 7:49 pm

Thank you Martin! For your detailed reply!
And for all your hard works.
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Re: Questions about the platform for Hauptwer.

PostMon Jun 29, 2020 3:43 am

Thanks very much, Christian. You're very welcome.
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Re: Questions about the platform for Hauptwer.

PostMon Jun 29, 2020 3:58 am

Christian Liu wrote:
2, For now, does Hauptwerk support the server systems, like Windows server 2019?


To use Windows server as a proper OS for a desktop PC a bit of work has to be done. Tutorials can be found on the net and also as videos on YouTube.
However some programs have compatibility issues. The Hauptwerk installer is one of them but can run in compatibility mode. After installation Hauptwerk runs fine.
I used it for Hauptwork 4.2.1.. Another compatibility problem was with the reverb plugin Alteverb in Reaper. It could only work in 32bit but not in 64bit.

Windows 10 Enterprise 2019 LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel) is another and better option. It is made for max stability and when installed, in the list of programs is only the Windows maps and nothing else, no programs, apps or junk unnecessary in a Hauptwerk computer. It occupies less space on the HD/SSD and starts faster than Windows 10 Pro.
When upgrading to HW-V I chose to starte from scratch and installed this OS. When Hauptwerk is started 61.7 GB out of 64 GB of memory are free for a sample set.

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Johannes

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