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what external Drive wtih MacBook pro, audio and video recording and postproduction

Discussion in 'Recording' started by alidav, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. alidav

    alidav Active Member

    hi i have to purchase an hard drive to make recordings based on mac book pro for audio recording with at least 24 tracks and video postproduction with final cut studio,

    i have been suggested lacie raid hard disk but in the past i used IOmega.

    what do you suggest me.
  2. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Raids don't really help performance, great for redundancy backups.

    I use a couple of these with my MBP, takes care of all my connection and storage needs.
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  3. alidav

    alidav Active Member

    have you used it in a live recording on 24 tracks ? i need something relialable, anyone of you own this? LaCie - LaCie 2big Quadra

    it worth its cost?
  4. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    I've seen those used quite a bit with Mackbooks in a live situation with Video and audio streaming in 5.1 surround. Very reliable afaik.
  5. Ripeart

    Ripeart Active Member

    I use Lacie FW 800 drives without a single hitch.
  6. alidav

    alidav Active Member

    what model is your drive, how many tracks you projects are with?
  7. alidav

    alidav Active Member

    what is the real advantage to get a raid disk, besides security of not miss data
  8. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    I've got a rackmount Glyph that I have never had an issue with on multiple live recordings for the past 3 years. Sometimes almost 3 hour productions.
  9. Ripeart

    Ripeart Active Member

    As it pertains to streaming audio/video, not much. The exception is RAID 10 or 50, which gives you the slight speed boost of RAID 0 with the redundancy of RAID 1. However that's expensive and I've only configured a few of those for large SQL enterprises.

    My working drives are single fast (fw) drives which are backed up daily to a RAID 5 NAS.
  10. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Shouldn't be a problem I was able to record 16 tracks on an ancient G4 Powerbook, using two MOTU 828s earlier this decade, and a bus powered firewire drive.

    The current machines are monsters compared the old Power PC machines.

    My question is exactly what are you using to get 24 inputs?
  11. Ripeart

    Ripeart Active Member

    Also, keep in mind sample rate will affect simultaneous track count. My track counts are based on 48k.

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