Mixing from 2 HDs - Opus, any comments on this one?

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by 3dchris, Aug 19, 2003.

  1. 3dchris

    3dchris Active Member

    Hi All,
    I'm using Logic 5.5 and as I started to mix my project I found out that my HD (120Gb SATA) has enough. I understand it cause in every song I am using over 30 tracks of 96/24 audio and next 10-15 of EXS24mk2 saplers running. On top there are of course another 5-10 VSTis. How one poor HD for audio can cope with all this? It can't and the performance meter of HD jumps often to red. I of course have a separate drive for system (win xp). I'm not sure if EXP24mk2 streams samples directly from HD or stores them in memory..but it doesn't matter at this moment. What I found out is that logic has this beautiful feature in it's audio window called "move files". I can select let's say half of audio files used in a song and move them to another drive. I know IDE drive wouldn't be good but I have an external FireWire drive (LaCie 120Gb). Would this setup work ok if I had half of the files streamed from one drive and the other half from my firewire drive? Are there any latency, synchro or any other issues? What do you guys think?


  2. 3dchris

    3dchris Active Member

    Opus ! Where are you? I need your comment on this one as I'm starting to mix by the end of this week!!!!


  3. falkon2

    falkon2 Well-Known Member

    I don't think you'd have any sync issues - everything goes from HD into buffer a moment before it's played back. (I'm pretty sure every software does this, or you'd get playback in millisecond bursts ;) )

    Latency, on the other hand... other people can probably answer this better.
  4. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    WEll, sinec 24/96Khz files are pretty heavy in size I would definitely put the samples for the VST and Soft Samplers else where!

    This will help the load on that drive substantially.

    Or you could partition the drive so that you have the data on one part, samples on another.

    Or you could just simply put your samples on the OS drive and disable the write cachine which will boost your read time exponentially which in turn helps read the samples faster.

    Opus :D
  5. 3dchris

    3dchris Active Member

    thx guys. Opus, you did not answer my question :)
    I already have samples on my OS drive and the waves on the audio drive. But still my audio drive is working "overtime" hehe. So my question was if I put some of the waves (not samples) on external firewire drive, would that create any potential problems? It makes sense on paper but I need an opinion of a pro before I start moving things around (there are toooooooons of files in there !!!)

    thx again,

  6. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Oh, sorry about that! lol
    Brain is fried when I usually read these and try to solve them! :D
  7. 3dchris

    3dchris Active Member

    Thx Opus!


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