This is only a superficial limitation if you don't need a completely separate and independent FW bus. All Mac towers also have only 1 Firewire bus (but multiple jacks in parallel sharing the same bandwidth). To get a 2nd FW bus, you'd need to install a Firewire PCIe card in the MacPro.....one Firewire port is very restricting, especially if you will be streaming a good number of instruments. If you are, go Mac Pro....
As a rule you should have the OS on one drive, (this will include plug-ins that go in the component or VST folders) samples on another drive and projects on a third drive. Then drives to back them up and drives to backup the backup drives. (Well, that backup part is just for paranoids like me. The rest is gold though.)I haven't bought my i7 yet, but I'm wondering if sample libraries should be located on a different drive than the Int. OS drive and the Ext. Recording drive? Or can it be on either of these drives?
My libraries are Logic's samples, Ezdrummer, and I may get Konakt or something similar eventually.
What about plugins... are they ok on the internal drive (ie guitar rig etc...)
I agree if you are going to only be recording a maximum of 2 audio tracks. Given you have an MK3 (or an MK2 for that matter) I assumed you would be recording more than 2 tracks, that's what I get for assuming!Hey Kevin,
It all makes sense, but my problem is going to be the lack of a second FW port.... I can clearly see that. I don't have the funds to upgrade to a Mac Pro, so I'm gonna have to make it work.
It was recommended to connect the fw800 drive directly to the iMac and then daisy chain the interface (sorry, type error - meant to say 828mk3) off the drive on the Motu site as well as another site I was reading. This will of course force the drive into 400, but I won't ever be recording more than 2 audio tracks at once anyway and won't have more than 24-30 track playback, so I'm hoping I'll be ok.
Apparently the bus is shared by both the 800 and 400 FW ports. Hence, if you run anything on the 400 port the 800 port has to slow down to the 400 speed. Yes, that sucks. :/Running 2 800 drives of one port forces 400? How come? I thought this only occurred when one device was 400.
Correct. Many libraries stream to one degree or another to keep their memory footprint down. Larger libs (EWQL, VE, etc.) stream more because they have more depth (and thus more samples) in their libraries. Other libraries have low to no streaming. For instance, if I load Garritan Personal Orchestra, I load everything into memory as the footprint is relatively small. The same with various single instruments that I load into contact. I've spent zero time looking at how Kontakt streams, so there might be some streaming for every instrument for all I know. However, for the `smaller' libs the streaming in inconsequential.I'm not sure of the difference between streaming and non-streaming samples. Do some plugins buffer the samples into memory within the plugin and some continuously stream live?
I am a smaller drive believer for exactly what you mentioned. I will not go over 500 gig per drive, but that is just me. Some folks will agree with me, others will not. However, we all do agree that spreading out samples across multiple drives is important. What method you use depends on how heavy a user you are. For instance, if you are using EWQL Platinum Plus and you have lots of tracks, you would want to spread instrument sections across drives. In your case, just keeping libs that are used at the same time on separate drives will do just fine. In fact, with just 24 or so tracks you won't even need to be that careful.So having multiple smaller drives is better than 1 large drive to avoid the drive from having to read from multiple locations at once if you are using several libraries? Is several different samples within one library any different though?
Do I just change the sample folder location within the preferences of each application so the plugin knows where to look for the samples?