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    Tom Tolleson

    After 25 years of working in audio studios on the Mac platform, I switched my own studio from Mac to PC, mostly for the ability to upgrade and modify the system (the new Linux kernel in Windows helped the decision along too). Here’s the high-level view of my steps to switch:

    1. I bought a Lenovo tower PC (Windows 10 Professional).
    2. Pulled out the motherboard, power supply hard drive, etc. and migrated it to a rack-mounted PC case.
    3. Added the Kyma-recommended Syba PCI express FireWire card
    4. Connected the Paca
    5. Downloaded Kyma 7

    Et voila! Up and running perfectly the first time Kyma 7 ran (see image).

    I honestly didn’t expect this to go as well as it did with all of my hardware fiddling but I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised.

    I’m running on an AMD professor and plan to upgrade to an Intel 9 or Ryzen Threadripper (though I’m worried about the reports of latency at low ASIO buffer sizes). If you have any questions please let me know.


    Tom Tolleson

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    That’s very nice!

    How many rack unit-spaces is your pc taking in that rack?

    I have also migrated recently from a mac mini to an Intel NUC Hades, and Kyma 7 works really well! 🙂

    I connected my Paca to one of the 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports of the NUC by chaining these two adapters: 1x Startech TB3 to TB2 adapter + Apple TB2 to Firewire 800 adapter

    Everything works and it’s instantly recognised by the NUC Hades’ motherboard with no issues at all running latest version of Windows 10.




    Tom Tolleson

    Glad to hear yours is working as well! That NUC Hades is really cool. I’ve been using a smaller mini-pc for live but it’s reaching its limits. May look at an NUC next. 😉

    To answer your question, I’m using an iStar USA 3u rack. I would probably get a 4U if I had to do it over again because of the variety of power unit builds that are out there.  It does take up a lot of space but I bought it for the sole purpose of not having to buy a PC for a long time. I can upgrade all the components as needed.

    Congrats again and thanks!




    That’s really what made me to migrate to PC now.

    They are fully configurable inside, and obviously the price..

    I encourage you to test the NUC Hades for your live set up.

    Full of multi-processing power, it performs like a proper desktop computer.

    All components are fully tested by Intel.

    So the motherboard works wonderfully with everything.

    Especially the Thunderbolt 3 ports!

    The Graphics are amazing too because Intel work with AMD on this one!

    So the Radeon Vega Graphics Card with 4GB is ace outperforms by far the new mac mini..

    Plus it’s dead easy to upgrade the RAM and the two SSD’s inside..

    I got mine with 2x Samsung EVO SSD’s (1x 500GB + 1x 1TB) and 16GB RAM

    6x USB 3.0 ports, 2x TB3, 1x USB-C 3.1, 2x HDMI, 2x minidisplay, 2x Ethernet ports..

    The design of this compact PC is simply amazing.. infrared remote, optical digital and analog Audio port, SD card slot.. I just love this thing 🙂

    I’m now so intrigued to add a touch screen and test it with Kyma VCS! 🙂

    The Nuc also has a Vesa mount so it could be mounted behind the screen perefectly..


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