I use Podium with Linux and Win 7. Disappointed by more and more heavy Reaper (Cockos) for Linux. And that works really really well with wineasio on tangostudio x86-64 and mandriva x86-64.
Just this last month I upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7. I would like to use the 64 bit version of Podium, but I just haven’t found that many 64 bit plugins yet. So I’m sticking with 32 bit for the moment.
I have to admit that I’m slowly looking to migrate to Linux (Ubuntu) now, so my OS may change from Windows 7 64-bit to Linux 64-bit. Naturally, I’ll be forced to use WINE. And I’ll be keeping Windows 7 around, as I own the licence and it seems a waste not to. Windows 7 may become my DAW OS if Linux doesn’t pan out for that purpose.
Not much of a choice when I went to buy my first laptop middle of 2010. And I did want the Windows 7 anyway, ’cause the look of it is beautiful with all that Aero glass. It does everything I want, too, without being bloated with to many features. Like, I don’t have the touch screen and I don’t want it. I’ve seen Windows 8 and I’m just not interested.
I like running the 32-bit Podium and 32-bit plugs on a 64-bit. For me it’s ideal until the entire world is 64-bit compatible. And that’s why I will probably never run Linux, either, although I do like that OS. But almost nothing goes with it, and bridging is something I avoid all around like the plague.
I notice Podium is not so much of a CPU and RAM hog as some other DAWs, so I won’t switch to Best Performance mode unless I’m running more that 20 tracks and/or overloaded with plug-ins. I’ve got an average power dual core, 4 RAM with 4 more I can add, and some 360 gigs of free space on a 5400rpm disk. Podium has been working so smoothly, and it’s really a total relief after some unpleasant experiences with another over-rated (I believe) DAW brand.
I’d accept a MAC if you gave me a really expensive higher model, but really I am more comfortable with your average well-made laptop PC.
If anything, my dream move is to buy another laptop and dedicate it to music production only. That looks like two years away right now.
I run out into some decent powered monitors and a very average set of Maxell headphones that just happen to be remarkably accurate.
A guitarist, I run three different Digitech systems into Podium to record — ultra-low latency and many top-notch effects pre-added and processed before they hit the track. I often run the vocal mic through the Digitech stuff as well.
Now that I have the licensed version of Podium, and I ditched my annoying last DAW, I really have to say I’m finally in Recording Heaven and fully intend to stay put!