In terms of portable DSP power using
ADSP21369 chip the XITE-1 really has no competition in its price range as it contains
twelve new generation SHARC processors (plus six older generation ones
for backward compatibility) and other laptop compatible products only
have one or two. Regarding desktop or studio-based solutions, the XITE-1
is the most powerful in a single unit and in fact the only rack
mount one. Competing products have to be mounted inside a computer
and multiple boards have to be purchased to get anywhere near the power
While these internal PCIe offerings
are an attractive solution for studios wanting to deploy models of
particular classic devices, they don't have any instruments or the
huge choice of third party original device developers offered to the Scope
community that the XITE-1 does. These extend to a wider variety of
mixers, effects and synths whereas the competing PCIe solutions tend to
be restricted to effects/mixers only, no instruments or other routing type
The XITE-1 benefits from the Scope
routing environment, a way of connecting everything outside your
computer and inside it as well. No other platform offers this
flexibility to become the communications 'HUB' of your studio as they
must be run 'inside' your sequencer environment like a VST instrument.
programmers acknowledge that it is the routing software inside Scope that
makes it so special, it really is one of a kind when it comes to harnessing
multiple DSP chips across a large project. Scope/XITE-1 can be run 'inside'
your sequencer (XTC mode) or outside it (Classic Mode).
Last month, 'Sound On Sound' magazine published
about recent Scope/XITE-1 platform developments.
So what does the future hold for the XITE-1?
If it's so powerful now, are we at the end of the road? Not at
all. The XITE-1 is only in it's first phase as there is still room
for optimization over what was developed for the Scope PCI cards.
So what SonicCore have done is planned for the future by delivering a
platform that can host releases of even more powerful devices fully
optimized for the new SHARC processors.
From this perspective we really are only at the dawn of a new era. If
XITE-1 is blowing away competition now, its a kind of 'you ain't seen
nothing yet' blow away. Whereas competing boards are already running
their SHARC chips at optimized top speed with nowhere to go power wise, and are relying on host systems (and associated
latency) for interconnectivity across large projects.