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Discussion in 'Recording' started by Eor, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. Eor

    Eor Active Member

    I am currently doing home recording with Logic 8 on my Macbook pro that I purchased in December 2008. I want to get a new iMac in a few months when they next update and have a few concerns based on stuff I read online. I want to get it with a 256gb SSD and the 2tb ATA to run my OS on the SSD and maybe load my VST there (hopefully komplete 8 ultimate). I will then do all my recording to my 2tb ATA. I read online that there may be some interference when you try to do that which causes issues with the recording, so it is better to either run it all on the SSD or all on the SATA drive. Is this true or will it be alright to run my programs this way? I will be using Logic Pro 9 and the forum where people were discussing the issues was with pro tools, so maybe there will not be an issue but just wanted to see if anyone else has tried this and if there are any issues. Also as a side note; has anyone used the komplete series? I have only used massive and I really like it so I want to try out all the instruments in it but would like to hear a perspective without the sales pitch. Thanks.
     
  2. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Use the SSD for the OS and apps, second drive for samples and recording.
     
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Personally I'm a little leery of bleeding edge state-of-the-art. Nothing has matured enough yet. SSD looks really interesting to me but in all honesty, working with audio and/or video requires an enormous amount of disk accessing. It's not like Microsoft Word, Mozilla Firefox and the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms, games. These SSD drives have a definite finite amount of readout writing in functions before they'll fail. We all know that hard drives, the mechanical kind, fail regularly. And so you are going to build a bleeding edge machine and expect perfect operation without problems? There are too many of us here that have tried versions 1.0 of just about everything. And we all know that anything that is version 1.0 generally ain't going to work without hiccups or even catastrophic failures. If you're playing computer games, that's one thing if it fails, big deal. You're recording a client who is giving you the best musical performance of their career and your SSD thinks it has written enough, what are you going to say to them? A one-time performance only? In 1993 my brand-new DA 88's all had a serious and simultaneous failure with only 150 hours on the heads! I nearly got sued by this client because I was recording a one time only world premiere of an original orchestral piece. Thankfully, I avoided a catastrophic lawsuit since I was able to still deliver a quality stereo reference recording. And that SSL digital console at NBC-TV with operating system 1.0 took me off the air for over nine minutes during the 6 PM news in the ratings week. And that was utilizing well-established conventional technologies not bleeding edge technologies. So like dirty Harry said in his numerous movies... so, are you feeling lucky today, punk? Established conventionalism does have its established advantages over the unknown.

    Pay your money take your chances it's all fun until somebody's eye gets poked out.
    Mx. Remy Ann David
     
  4. Eor

    Eor Active Member

    Hey thanks for the reply, you make an excellent point. I always have had a habit of going straight for the best as soon as it comes out. I know the iMac should be coming out with an update soon, so maybe it would be best if I bought the version that is the "old" one now when the new one comes out. I know my three year old macbook pro can (usually) handle the stress I put on it although it isn't much, so I am sure any iMac could too. Again, thanks.
     

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