Let there be plug-ins.
Sure, Intel Mac users (and would-be Intel Mac buyers) are happy to have Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, and other software running on their new boxes, but without plug-ins, what good are they? Popular developer iZotope announced this week that they are releasing Ozone 3 (64-bit mastering, pictured in fashionable Ghostbusters green), Trash (their legendary 64-bit distorting, filtering, amplifying, crunching, delaying, grungifying plug), and Spectron (the morphing/smearing spectral effects toolbox) for Intel Macs.
For Pro Tools 7 and Windows x64 users also in the lurch, you’re covered, too. x64 support should be especially nice for Cakewalk SONAR x64 users, since you get your 64-bit signal path with these 64-bit plug-ins and 64-bit processing for the behind-the-scenes number-crunching. Heck, you could switch between that and your Commodore 64 and never use anything between 8-bit and 64-bit audio.
Already Universal-native (and Mac-only):
Incidentally, for you Mac users, I’ll make an effort to tag every Universal-native product with the “universal” and “mactel” tags. (Let me know if I miss one.) Thanks for the suggestion.
Windows x64 users, I’d do the same, except are any of you readers using x64? I gave up when I discovered I couldn’t run Max/MSP, lost some driver support, and couldn’t find any software other than Cakewalk’s to take advantage of the relatively modest performance gains.