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Traveler w/ External USB Drive?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by mhutch, May 19, 2008.

  1. mhutch

    mhutch Guest

    Hi all,

    I'm still waiting for all the equipment to arrive, but a question in the meantime if I may: Will it work to record onto my Lacie external USB 2.0 HD from my Macbook using the Motu Traveler and Logic?

    I'm under the impression (possibly misguided) that what usually is done is to plug a Firewire drive into the Traveler. Since I already have the Lacie USB, I hope I can use that plugged into the Mac instead.

    Seems simple enough to me, but this is my first experience in the world of Apple. Thanks!
  2. mhutch

    mhutch Guest

    Any ideas anyone? I've tried the google search...

    The reason I'm asking is because if I have to buy an external Firewire drive I will, but I'll have to order it in from afar, and this will likely delay the beginnings of my next recording endeavor which I am anxiously awaiting.

    Thanks again!
  3. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    I'd give it a shot. For voice / guitar track(s), what have you got to lose? I would limit the use of usb and make certain that anything that could interfere with the flow, like internet connections, screensavers, etc. are terminated.
  4. mhutch

    mhutch Guest

    Thanks Space! It will only be one track at a time for my own stuff anyway. I guess I'll get a firewire drive (in a couple months) for recording others just for peace of mind. I got a bit worried there as I know you dislike USB for interfaces, but I wasn't sure about hard drives. The problem is that USB doesn't transmit multiple streams of information as well?

    Anyhow I will give this a try. Thank you.

    I appreciate the help.
  5. Space

    Space Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2007
    Well, I don't push it as a means to push audio. Read the information from the link below and you make your own decision. I'm thinking you will have a better understanding why usb, to myself and many others, is not reliable, nevermind what I say about it :)

  6. mhutch

    mhutch Guest

    That link was great. It makes good sense now; I didn't know that they handled information so differently. Going shopping for a firewire drive... :)
  7. mhutch

    mhutch Guest

    An update here: the Traveler arrived and recording to the internal HD works great, however when I set Logic to record onto the external USB HD, it freezes up and gives me that rotten pinwheel.

    I have no idea why this will not work. Things that make you go, "Hmm..."
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