It's not really "their competitors," it's only Korg, I don't think anyone else makes a board that can do this. Maybe the new Prophext X?Derek wrote: ↑Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:52 amThis is where I think the Kronos is so much smarter with the SSD approach: 3GB of user RAM, but the ability to do sample streaming from SSD...That doesn't stop the Montage/MODX from being a fine synth, but it is interesting to compare approaches and, it does mystify me why Yamaha still insist on designing limitations like this in, when their competitors have had a better way of doing it since 2011 in the Kronos
Anyway, the way Korg does this is to base their system on a traditional PC motherboard running linux (meaning that the ability to stream from SSD is already supported in the hardware at the OS level... no need to re-invent that wheel). An obvious downside compared to Yamaha's approach is much longer boot time. Also, it's a non-silent board as it needs a fan. It also puts other cost constraints on their ability to scale the technology down. Maybe that's why, eight years later, there's still no cheaper-than-Kronos model with that same ability, whereas Yamaha was able to pretty rapidly scale their tech down from the Montage to the much lower cost MODX (and that may have been part of their roadmap in designing the Montage from the start). So there are pros and cons to the different approaches.
Here's an interesting article on Yamaha's technology: sandsoftwaresound.net/genos-articulation-future/
A key passage:
People make much of “SSD, SSD, SSD!” SSDs use a SATA bus for communication, a bus that can become a bottleneck in itself. Yamaha have found a way to integrate SSD functionality into the SWP70 without the need for a SATA bus. The integration promises greater speed (i.e., memory bandwidth) without the cost and latency of a SATA bus. This design approach is patented.