I recently had a chance to try the Avid HDX card after working on a Native rig for some months now. I’ve pretty much completely retired my HD3.
One thing I noticed with the HDX was voice count struggles, which should be a moot point seeing as both native and HDX can voice 256 mono tracks, BUT throw lots of native plugins into the mix and suddenly you see the problem. For every stereo native plugin you lose 2 voices, so if you rely on plugins that have yet to port to AAX DSP you will see significantly less voice power on a single card HDX rig versus a native card.
Over here, most freelancers rely on various waves plugins who have made it abundantly clear they have no interest in AAX DSP, which makes a HD Native a more powerfully voiced rig for my clients at this point in time.
Hopefully they will switch to more DSP friendly plugins in the near future and there’s some healthy threads on the DUC asking for everyones opinion on what are the MUST HAVE DSP ported plugins.
FWIW my list would have:
Massey L2007 limiter – and I wish he’s make a multi-channel version of it, that supported true peak limiting!
McDSP ML4000/ML1 – as above
McDSP futzbox – on its way
McDSP de3ss – on its way
Waves W43 – wish it would come to DSP
Waves 360 bundle – particularly the UM225 and 226 and L360 and C360
Spanner – which I believe is in the works if not already around? Justin?
Any HDX early adopters out there? What’s missing from your arsenal?