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G4 & Digital Performer: configurations and their cap

Discussion in 'Digital Performer' started by Fozz, Feb 10, 2002.

  1. Fozz

    Fozz Active Member

    I've been trying to figure out what PC (Mac or Intel) to get. Initially I will be recording
    - a cappella
    - 1 to 3 tracks at a time
    - will easily get up to 24 tracks so I would like like the capacity to have at least 48
    - not sure how many plug-ins I will want on each track (due to my inexperience with all of this)
    - am considering using external reverbs.

    I just saw the new Apple product announcements and am trying to figure out what G4 would meet my needs. One page at the Apple web site talked about how the 800mhz was faster than a 2ghz Intel running Adobe Photoshop. But that doesn't tell me how well it handles audio.

    Can you Mac folks tell me
    1: what configurations you have (mhz, memory, disk (ide vs scsi))
    2: how many tracks you record at one time
    3: how many you mix
    4: how many plug-ins, on the average, for each track
    5: do you use external reverbs, etc, and how do you like it vs plug-ins.
     
  2. ghoost

    ghoost Guest

    DP 3 takes full advantage of the dual processor machines. And if you act fast, you get your hands on a dual 800, relativley cheap that should serve your needs quite nicely. I'm told it will run upwards to 100 trks with 60 or so plug ins without a hitch. You'll be plenty happy running 48.

    DP's plugs are surprisingly good. Won't match up to higher end outboard, but they are definitly useable.

    Kyle Ober
     
  3. ghoost

    ghoost Guest

    DP 3 takes full advantage of the dual processor machines. And if you act fast, you get your hands on a dual 800, relativley cheap that should serve your needs quite nicely. I'm told it will run upwards to 100 trks with 60 or so plug ins without a hitch. You'll be plenty happy running 48.

    DP's plugs are surprisingly good. Won't match up to higher end outboard, but they are definitly useable.

    Kyle Ober
     
  4. tronax

    tronax Guest

    I'm running a Dual G4-450, 1GB RAM, and multiple (4) ide disks. (ranging from 60-120 gig each)

    My more complicated projects run from 32-48 tracks, each with at least one or two plugins (some with 4 or five), and that seems to just about max out the system, processor-wise. (plenty of RAM left, though)

    Of course, you can always mix down your effects to free up CPU cycles.
     
  5. chris lannon

    chris lannon Guest

    Bill said:
    I've been trying to figure out what PC (Mac or Intel) to get.

    If you like DP it's for Mac only

    Initially I will be recording
    - a cappella
    - 1 to 3 tracks at a time
    - will easily get up to 24 tracks so I would like like the capacity to have at least 48
    - not sure how many plug-ins I will want on each track (due to my inexperience with all of this)
    - am considering using external reverbs.

    Good Idea..for the best native processors check out Altiverb or Realverb the newer macs can handle it no sweat. I heard that Altiverb can bury a 533 pretty quick

    I just saw the new Apple product announcements and am trying to figure out what G4 would meet my needs. One page at the Apple web site talked about how the 800mhz was faster than a 2ghz Intel running Adobe Photoshop. But that doesn't tell me how well it handles audio.

    I think anything you get NEW nowadays will more than suit you needs.. pc or mac

    Can you Mac folks tell me
    1: what configurations you have (mhz, memory, disk (ide vs scsi))

    G4 single processor 400 256 ram.. 3 Internal IDE's 60 gig each

    2: how many tracks you record at one time

    48

    3: how many you mix

    40
    4: how many plug-ins, on the average, for each track

    tough to say..but total average is about 25 not including vrb

    5: do you use external reverbs, etc, and how do you like it vs plug-ins.

    I have a classic spring vrb, a Lexicon PCM 60 and tape delay that I don't go anywhere without
     

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