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E-A7 sampler load speed?
It only has 128MB of memory, a bit dated compared to the 256MB (uncompressed) of the Korg PA700, and definitely well down on the close to GB sized samplers in the TOTL arrangers. But it strikes me, it really doesn't matter how much RAM you have.
It matters how fast you can load it...
So, with that in mind, if anyone is using the sampler much, can you tell us how long it takes to load up a certain amount of data? What's the biggest load you have, how fast does it load? If you have a 128MB sized load, even better!
I will make enquiries about other makes, and we can compare.
TBH, I'm not so much interested in boot times, but the time for a load in between songs. 128MB isn't a whole lot of RAM, and I was wondering whether loading different sample sets during a set is practical. If it only takes a few seconds, not too bad. But minutes would be impractical.
As a point of reference, my 20 year old Kurzweil K2500 loads at about 1MB/sec. So a full 128 MB load (yes, today's modern E-A7 has no more memory than a 20 year old Kurzweil) was a good 2 minutes to load, so not very practical mid-set. I was curious as to whether 20 years of newer technology, and USB2 speeds from the stick had improved things much..?
One last question... Can the arranger play while loading?
I'm rather more interested in using the sampler to load different sections of a backing track (that's an average of 40MB or so per song) so that the sequencer could use Markers on audio chunks (whole verses, choruses, etc.). I tried doing this using the BK-9's Key Audio feature, that reads directly from the USB stick, but there's a 100-200msec+ delay in playing them the first time (the feature is more designed for loops), so there's no way to avoid an audio hiccup when the jump is made. A sampler would not suffer this limitation.
Plus, it is getting harder and harder to find modern sample sets that aren't designed for either computers or much larger samplers. So, sounds that used to fit into 128MB sized samplers and smaller in the 90's are now taking MUCH more memory. Most sampler sound designers nowadays don't really agonize over how many MB the sound takes when computers can play back GB sized samples!
So the time a decent sized load takes is pretty important. When doing studio work with my Kurzweil, I'm often reloading the entire memory to fit the best sounds in for each track. The more you get used to really good sounds, the more of them you want to use all the time!
Man, Ea7 uses flash memory and theres no delay time to load samplers!!! isnt not like my Fantom Xr that uses DIMM memory ram and if you uses more samplers...more time is to load the boot ...etc... in EA7 the tones and drum kits Samplers after imported works like the internal tones.
Obviously, you want to do more than three songs... So, how long would it take to load in an additional three songs (or one song) and delete the ones already in?
I have elaborate orchestra samples for my Kurzweil (layered strings, solo strings, woodwinds and brass) that take up well over 90MB. If I loaded one of these sounds, then needed something else that took up far more than the remaining memory, I would have to delete the orchestra sound, then load in ANOTHER 90-128MB.
That's the data I'm looking for. I know perfectly well you can take all the time you need to load the sampler if what you use is enough for your whole gig. But if you need to load a different set of samples mid-gig, how long does it take?