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2 SCSI, 2 RAID, 2 SATA, 2 USB2, or 2 FW

Discussion in 'Recording' started by sak, Mar 13, 2004.

  1. sak

    sak Guest

    What type of hardrive is better to use more audio tracks????
    If you think of any PCI hard drive accelerator card and you want to use a UAD-1 or a powercore would it load CPU performance.
    Now when it comes down to which of the pasts is better let us know what your experience is.
    My choice is SCSI and yours???
     
  2. Bill Park

    Bill Park Guest

    How many tracks do you need?

    Bill
     
  3. sak

    sak Guest

    About 48 tracks? Is it too much for a DAW??
     
  4. NolanVenhola

    NolanVenhola Guest

    IDE works fine. SCSI is good but overrated. IDE is catching up to SCSI with ATA 133 and above. price vs performace, IDE cleans the floor.
     
  5. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    I'm using 2 EIDE HD's & 1 SCSI HD all housed in a rack server case. Works exceptionally well for me. I have'nt tried maxing it out to see how many tracks it's capable of, but did get a chance to record a friend who stacked 10 tracks of vocals (@24bit, 44.1k) along with a few other audio tracks without a glitch. It's very, very stable.
     
  6. Bill Park

    Bill Park Guest

    Since the days of the old overclocked Celeron, we've been able to get 40 tracks or better.... and I'm talking about 40 full continuous tracks... on a single IDE drive. Now we're up to about 80. I spent tons on a fibrechannel SAN, for no reason. For years I had SCSI setups, because there was no reliable alternative. Now, you just slam in a standard under $200 drive and record. Stop worrying about it, unless you are one of those people who can't edit, can't make a decision, and has no clue; or in the VERY rare case where you are actually in the position of having to record more than 48 tracks at once. The rest of us can just relax and record.

    Bill
     
  7. moles

    moles Active Member

    Kinda off topic:
    I have two ATA100 drives, one is my audio drive and one is my OS and app storage. 7200 rpm, I don't know about cache, but its not real big.....
    I find when I get up to around 24 tracks (with effects) I start getting disk speed errors.....I wonder if splitting the session save folder between the two drives will speed up access, or is the bus still too slow for that to make any difference?
    The rest of my system: AMD Athlon 900, S$%tty via chipset, Logic 5.5.1, Aardvark Q10 blahblahblah.....
     
  8. Tarzanalog

    Tarzanalog Guest

    Hmmm, not knowing all of your specifics... I'd hazard a guess that perhaps you've reached the limit of your HDD cache. It just sounds like a buffer-under-run error to me. That, or you have one of your ATA100 drives on the same channel as a slower optical drive, etc. I've been able to record with a lesser CPU and it always came down to my RAM or HDD cache.
     
  9. this is not really a reply, I am seeing you guys write about 40 tracks at a time. Does that mean that you actually have a card that has 40 inputs recording at the same time? I am new to this recording thing so bare with me. on another note, why would you have 40 mics running on one band? I am confused
     
  10. BladeSG

    BladeSG Guest

    If you're really paranoid about HDD speed, get yourself a Western Digital 10,000RPM Raptor. These are available in 36 & 74 Gig models and are seriously fast HDD's. You'll need a spare SATA channel though cause they don't come in standard 40pin Parallel ATA.

    Approx 339 tracks @ 16bit 44.1 using DiskBench :D
     
  11. Fozz

    Fozz Active Member

    Hi BladeSG,

    Is this the DiskBench (DskBench) program that you are talking about:

    Starting at: http://www.prorec.com/prorec/downloads.nsf/category?openview&count=10000

    scroll down to the Utility Disk section and click on DskBench which should take you to:
    http://www.prorec.com/prorec/downloads.nsf/filename/A1BABB1A8929148B862565D30064E895
     
  12. BladeSG

    BladeSG Guest

    Yes this is the one I used to test the Raptor.
     
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