TBH I would be suprised of folks were using Live for the kind of really heavy weight music creation that pushes memory usage to rediculous levels - I tried a quick test yesterday to push live to it memory limit - got to 3.6GB on Win7/64 with a rediculous number of instances of the biggest sample sets in sampler, kontakt and battery (50+) before it died. That included the largest multisample kios I could find in batery, Abbey road, alecias keys, the other big add pianos, eps etc, session strings stuff in kontakt and all different to avoid an chance of sample pooling between instances (dont know if kontakt even does that).abletontrainer.com wrote:there was a good write up about it in the latest SOS - more or less showing that it is useful if you want to use really big sample libraries with things like trillian where you want to address lots of RAM at once, but in most other cases it's still a way off being that hugely importantPasha wrote: Personally I think that all of this 64bit thing is pure hype, over estimated and not necessarily useful.
I cant ever imagine actually needing to load that much up in normal use - not even if I landed a job scoring movies - and TBH, then I would be looking at using something a bit better suited to the task - Cubase 6, Nuendo etc perhaps (as a PC user).
To my mind the argument in favour of moving to 64 bit is more about moving along the VST technology tree and preparing the way for the future rather than providing an immediate huge benefit. Of course you may get a small performance increase as well going fully native 64 bit, but a viable 64 bit application at this point in time still really needs a 32 bit VST bridge which TBH might be quite a pain to get right.
For anyone who does need to push ableton Live beyond a couple of Gigs right now - the answer seems clear - get yourself a decent Win7/64 machine (or perhaps mac, but I havnt seen evidence of mac users being able to push memory use that high?).