recording straight to external HD

Discussion in 'Recording' started by semicntrldchaos, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. hey guys i was wondering how i can record straight to my external Hard drive while using pro tools. Right now i am recording to my systems hard drive but it was just for my first project and now for this second one i would like to do things the right way! Thanks in advance!!!
     
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

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    Mac? PC?

    Either way, an external FireWire drive is probably the way to go. Avoid USB external drives, especially with PCs, as they can give problems with streaming audio.
     
  3. definatley a mac w/ osx it is a usb HD by western digital
     
  4. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

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    Be aware that USB2 only gets close to it's top speed in short bursts, firewire has a higher sustaine throughput.

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  5. looks like my next buy will be the firewire drive then. But my main question is how i can directly record to the drive instead of the system drive?
     
  6. gdoubleyou

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    You should have a preference in Pro Tools, that selects the recording path.

    For details check out the User group at the Digidesign site.
    And/or read the manual.

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  7. TVPostSound

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    Definitely DO NOT record to the system drive.

    When you create a new PT session, there will be an option to select a
    drive. There is also a drop down windo in the session to selectively pick a drive for each track.

    Seriously read the manual.
     
  8. thanks a bunch guys i will do more research and hopfully conquer this problem. I dont have the computer in front of me so i cant rem exactly what it was saying but i think it was saying that the drive was not set for recording or playing back. I will check into it further though. Thanks so much
     

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