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10,000 RPM hard drive VS 7,500 RPM hard drive

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Does it make a big difference? I have an macbook but can only have 2 gigs of ram. That is the max the laptop can have. I have a 250gig 7500 rpm hard drive. I am running Logic 7, synthogy piano, and want to buy ocean way drums but scared as my system already gets overloaded sometimes. If I buy a 10,000 rpm hard drive will it solve my problems or will it not make a significant difference?



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Member Tue, 10/14/2008 - 20:41
I agree with Greener. You want two drives, one for OS, one for recorded audio. The extra speed of the 10k drive will allow you to stream more tracks for multi tracking. I forked out the extra cash for a 10k RPM drive, and get 24 tracks simultaneously recording with the drive chirping 1/3 of the time. It may not have been worth it. 7200 should be fine for just about anything you want to do.

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hueseph Wed, 10/15/2008 - 02:23
Greener wrote: MacBook air makes me think about what's in the heads of some people.

It might seem like a fools idea right now. I can't wait till more company's start moving toward Solid State drives. It's one of the biggest bottlenecks in a computer. Imagine a computer that is virtually instant on. That is the MacBook Air. I would love to see an entire OS ship as a Solid State drive instead of on DVDs.

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Member Wed, 10/15/2008 - 14:54
Ok, I guess I was connecting it wrong. I put a firewire output from my audio interface to the computer and a firewire output from my audio interface to my hard-drive. Is that correct?

I still have the same core audio problem though.

Are there settings in logic that I need to change? Audio settings? Buffer settings?

thanks for you help

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MadMax Thu, 10/16/2008 - 18:12
Welcome to the world of DSP, and overloading your system.

The general rule of thumb... small buffers for tracking, big buffers for mixing.

One thing you may want/need to do, is render stems to get the actual track count being processed down.

You should also watch out for how many plugs you are using. Synth's, convolution verbs and big plug-ins are resource hogs. Check the manual and look for reccomendations for maximums, and norms.

As slow as your overall system is, it should still be plenty strong enough to handle 24-36 tracks with at least 1 plug/channel.

Also, there should be a few system settings to disable/set, that will ease the processor load. This info should be in the manual in the set-up/getting started setting.

Do not run ANY other applications when you are running the DAW.

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Codemonkey Fri, 10/17/2008 - 12:04
Whatever works.

A wise man once said:
"In audio, the key is not finding the golden rule, but in rewriting it to fit the current situation."

[Actually...] a (not so) wise man (called Codemonkey) said that (about 30 seconds ago).

For tracking, keep them low (as was said). Find the lowest possible value that doesn't click or pop.

For mixing, set it a lot higher. And if it clicks or pops at all, move it up a notch.