....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...)
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.
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?
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?