Scope lived on PCI cards for a decade, so that meant rack mount computers if you wanted to take it live.  When XITE-1 exploded on to the scene, it was a game changer.  But how?  You still needed a computer to drive it, so that alone just meant an extra rack space for the XITE-1 itself.  Or maybe a laptop with ExpressCard would be the way to go, reducing the rack space requirement and being easier on the lug out.  But even this doesn't really seem a radical change in modus operandi.

Maybe the secret lies not in what the XITE-1 can do for live, but in what it can't do.  Because if there is anything XITE-1 can't do, like amplification and multiple I/O, then you can keep those two pieces of gear and ditch the rest before your back does.

Coz believe it brother, you don't need outboard mixers, compressors, effects, synths or samplers in that rack any more.  XITE-1 has the power to replace them all and still leave the competition dancing with the dogs in the dust.

In a nutshell, XITE-1 is ideal for LIVE work due to the following:

  • Portability, save having to drag multiple synths onstage or to a session.
  • Ability to run multiple synthesizers in the same project.
  • Ability to run large devices such as reverbs and compressors.
  • Ability to use performance synths while simultaneously recording a live show.
  • Fast preset switching.  Fast enough to change during the guitarist's two bar lead break.
  • Flexible routing.  If you need an extra synth or effect then drag, drop and connect it between songs.
  • Higher quality audio from instruments compared to native virtual instruments.
  • Less 'zipping' when changing synth parameters on the fly.  The DSP components that make up a Scope synth were designed for the math required for smooth real time timbre changes unlike native CPUs that typically require a lot more computational cycles when you're sweeping VCF or Resonance knobs etc.
  • Higher reliability than native virtual instruments.  In order for a natively hosted instrument to generate audio, it must place demand on the computer's CPU which may be busy doing other things (such as recording).  With XITE-1, the DSP processors are already pre-allocated and ready to work when you need them - loaded when the project loads.   So in the unlikely event you don't have enough power, you will know about it at load time (unlike native systems that will fold in the middle of a performance if overloaded).

Some testimonials:

"Instead of selling my PCI cards when I got my XITE-1, I kept them for my recording system in London.  I can now take those projects to my France studio where I mix and master on the XITE-1.  It's good to know that the smaller PCI projects will run on both platforms."

"Instead of using some unpredictable DAW for audio playback I prefer VDAT. It sounds better since it was made for high fidelity using 32bit Integer and it never has dropouts in audio."

"I can't use synths that need load times."

"I use it live because its the closest thing to hardware I ever found."

XITE-1   It's easier to decide what it can't do than what it can do.

 JAV/SiriusBliss/Mr Arkadin/Dante 2010