Re: Intel will no longer have the edge?
I've been considering doing something similar but slightly more drastic - also putting my DAWs in a virtual machine.
So only having the base operating system on the machine and everything on separate virtual machines - one for my DAWs, one for my programming apps, one for 'normal' PC usage (email, etc.).
In the past 2 years for reasons beyond my control (motherboard failure, OS corruption, etc) I've had to 3 times setup & reconfigure my system from scratch. My audio setup takes the most time. Each time it's a long drawn out process of getting everything installed, activated and configured.
I haven't run a proof of concept yet (putting Sonar on a virtual machine and checking it out) but hoping that on a decent i7 processor, with ample RAM and SSDs that it proves viable.
I don't think that hardware virtualization has reached a point yet to allow real-time audio in a virtual machine (Guest OS).
A DAW and related hardware for audio/MIDI will still need to be installed on the base (Host OS) operating system. I have VirtualBox installed on my PC and the only audio driver available in there is Windows DirectSound, even though my host system has a FireWire ASIO interface. I can get media players and YouTube to work fine, but would expect horrible latency for any serious audio work.
It's a good idea though, and I hope they make it happen soon. But I think we are lucky to have the current VM desktop interface support at this point given that the majority of VM users are running servers (headless/no GUI). Probably not enough demand to make it a high priority for the devs.
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