Re: Adding Thunderbolt to Windows PC
I just bypassed the problem entirely and went with Waves and Digigrid.
The hardware is compatible with anything, it runs its own very well written ASIO driver and the audio passes via standard Ethernet from you PC to any of the hardware in the system from IO to plugin DSP servers. So it takes the load of your native CPU. I can use a Digigrid server to do the Waves plugin processing. The front end of the Digigrid IO is no slouch either running the super duper cool preamps from the top line Digico SD series.
I had already made a big commitment in Waves plugins, I have them all so even though this is not cheap it's very easy to setup and you can grow the system as you need. The only real draw back is cost for the hardware and that you need Waves plugins. Their Soundgrid plugin standard is open to all, but only a few of the high hitter plugin developers like Sonnox and Brainwork have come on board. I already mentioned cost but if you're looking at UAD hardware, cost clearly doesn't scare you.
Mike V. (MUDGEL)
STUDIO: Win 10 Pro x64, SPlat & CbB x64,
PC: ASUS Z370-A, INTEL i7 8700k, 32GIG DDR4 2400, OC 4.7Ghz.
Storage: 7 TB SATA III, 750GiG SSD & Samsung 500 Gig 960 EVO NVMe M.2.
Monitors: Adam A7X, JBL 10” Sub.
Audio I/O & DSP Server: DIGIGRID IOS & IOX.
Screen: Raven MTi + 43" HD 4K TV Monitor.
Keyboard Controller: Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88.