Here's a couple of good reads: Analog Days - The invention and impact of the Moog synthesizer, by
OK, it looks like the latency issues have been addressed:
At last, Digidesign (now Avid) have seen fit to produce a version of Pro Tools HD that runs on the CPU, rather than requiring DSP farm cards. For several years now the tower Macs have been relatively idle, while the HD cards handle the heavy work.
This should bring the price way down, but rumour has it that a system will still cost US$3,500. Site information states that these are the hardware requirements of the computer (for a Mac):
Nothing to do with surround sound. We are still surrounded by earthquakes, with a magnitude 5.0 two days ago. They are getting less frequent but each big aftershock is a vivid reminder of the big one. Cranes and roadworks are still all around, and I know several people who have had to leave their homes as the buildings are damaged beyond repair. Hopefully it won't be too long before we can forget about all this.