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Re: Pianoteq- system requirements
Nordomus #2851573 05/23/19 06:59 PM
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I don't think you would have anything problem as long as you pick something recent and reasonably decent.

For reference, I once ran Pianoteq 6 on a budget model Ubuntu laptop from 2015. It comes with AMD FX something CPU. This thing takes forever to boot, but it runs Pianoteq fine without any issue.

Also there are people who runs Pianoteq successfully on Raspberry Pi 3.

Re: Pianoteq- system requirements
Nordomus #2851653 05/24/19 04:34 AM
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I hear reports--completely contradicting what I said before, obviously--that some people have had good Pianoteq results with a ZX Spectrum. Don't know how true they are though.
The rubber keys would put me off trying, anyway. Awful.

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I currently have pianoteq running on an old 2007 Sony Vaio SZ640 Core 2 Duo with a T7500 processor (2.2ghz), 3gb ram, 32-bit Windows 10, with a spinning hard drive using the built-in audio. Initially it was rock solid with ~8-10ms latency, but after playing around a little bit I can use the best settings without pops (Sample Rate of 48000Hz, Buffer = 64 Samples 1.3ms, Polyphony = Auto Optimistic).

Some tips with *old* PC hardware:
* If you computer can use a graphic chip/card instead of a intel graphics, use it. The Intel graphics shares memory and periodically and unpredictably accesses the hard drive and CPU. I was prone to spikes of activity (which caused red lines in Pianoteq) especially when I was under 5ms. (This Sony gives a choice between NVIDIA GeForce 8400 vs Intel GMA X3100)
* Turn off any unnecessary services when using Pianoteq. I'm basically using this laptop for Pianoteq exclusively (it's basically like a single-purpose Piano sound module for me), so with everything stable and installed, I turn off WiFi and even Windows Defender. Both of these cause intermittent processor spikes, particularly Windows Defender.
* ASIO4All - The default Windows Driver for the sound actually worked quite well (under 5ms reliably), but the free ASIO4All driver allowed me to go all the way down to 1.3ms)

I generally get a score of 39 with this laptop, despite its age. (it's getting close to 13 years old) There are probably a few other services I could shut down for even better efficiency.

My only complaint is that CPU usage while playing is in the 20-30% range and that activates the fan on the laptop. When I get around to it I'll see if I can modify the target temperature or fan speed so it has a slightly higher threshold.

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Originally Posted by technomaster

* If you computer can use a graphic chip/card instead of a intel graphics, use it. The Intel graphics shares memory and periodically and unpredictably accesses the hard drive and CPU. I was prone to spikes of activity (which caused red lines in Pianoteq) especially when I was under 5ms. (This Sony gives a choice between NVIDIA GeForce 8400 vs Intel GMA X3100)


Not disputing it but is it really related to the onboard graphics? It looks more like a virtual memory thing, i.e. the system swapping memory pages to the HD and that must be a high priority task (bad design). I doubt the video graphics is mapped to the virtual memory system, usually a few tens of MB anyway versus several GB for the system memory.

Anyway, the first thing I do in my PCs is totally disabling Windows swap file. With 16GB I rarely experiment problems running my applications and you will not want other applications running anyway when you are using Pteq or any other virtual piano application.

I used to do the same with Linux when I used it natively (not in a virtual machine). In both cases (Win and Lin), for performance reasons.

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For more modern computers, the nVidia drivers can boost DPC latency, maybe due to bloatware, sloppy programming, etc.

Some of the music engineers at the GS forums completely uninstall nVidia drivers with DDU and prevent their systems from automatically reinstalling. Some claim better audio performance with just intel video drivers.

I used some software for a minimal install of nVidia drivers & also prevented the laptop from searching for auto updates.

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