no offence taken, I have LBH VIII and Multisynth in that case. They both required a full scope pci card to run, at a polytphony of.... "1" ......and have an incredible number of stuff inside, connections all over etc.... i mean, even a 64 channel modular mixer is an ant compared to those monsters.... You could not use multisynth with polyphony on all synths, may be 1 or two could bear a poly of 2 or 3 max, with small single oscillators... More than that, could bring a dsp overload..... or a scope crash in the worse case.... I guess people with 3 Scope PCI cards could do much better than what I could personnally get at home on a single card. I mean, those devices were not designed for Pulsar, we knew that .... but there were also a lot of poeple with multiple scope card... setups with 30 or 45 dsp were not that unusual at some point. and in any case, we simply wanted to make those devs, because we wanted to (i speak for myself, but i know most developpers, commercial or freeware, have a true
passion for scope). We don't count the hours passed on that bloody screen connecting pads to pads, chasing bugs, and the graphic part is a large part of the work - we know we won't get rich like VSTi developpers, we all have certainly lost time, and may be other opportunities that other people get in life because they actually go out. , but we simply love(d) scope, and want(ed) to push it to its limits. and that's what we did
. With Xite, we get to be more rational, but is still an opportunity to learn to do things differently.
And also, it is not sonic core's fault that you have zarg or other people like me who make big stuff . They never asked that lol
Modular Mixer was designed on a scope pci card, but for xite. I didn't have info on how it worked - it wasn't even finished , it was still at the "rumor" stage ( #soon , lol) - i just had a sense of what could be done seeing...the PICTUREs of the dsp architectures and info posted by various poeple (mainly sonic core and Jimmy V). I thought, "hey may be i should try to do something like this or that".... It is not a Jedi thing, more like a bet. I could have been totally wrong and waste all those long weeks of development.
it was a bet. I was lucky, and we are all quite lucky to have that "forward+backward compatibility'
. Do microsoft and Apple provided that since 1998 ??? people often forget that. we do have that. not perfect, but it is there. I mean, there are more developpers than we think that still work on a single pulsar card. It is quite extraordinary that their devices can work on all scope hardware..... and that they can run stuff made on a hardware/software that is 10 or 15 years younger...
What if Xite worked without any backward compatibility and all plugs would have to be remade from scratch.... Developpers would need to remake them, re-learn techniques etc... considering the workload, i am certain most of them would have bailed or burned out.... and users would probably need to re-buy everything because of the workload on the developpers who, at some point, need some fuel to survive the long days of developping something (may be in 1000 years it be different, but now it's like we know it is)... not sure it would have been well received by the community when Xite was first released.
Anyway, most of those big devs were made before Xite even existed, and I think it is also the case for most Zarg synth. I beleive Solaris is a completely different story with new modules and techniques especially made for it. I don't think it could be transposed as a scope/xite device, not completely at least. But I am not the one to answer those questions.
I hope it helps