Logic Pro 8 Is my computer too slow?

#1
I'm recording songs on the same project i make my beats on and I'm starting to have 50 tracks or more. Every time I start to play the song, the HD meter, underneath the CPU meter, flies into the red and then immediately sinks down to nothing. I was wondering what this HD meter is? What does it mean?

Also, for the first time since i got my iMac, the CPU meter is starting to raise. I have only 2 GHz processor speed and 2 GB of memory. I was wondering how many tracks do you think I will be able to make in a project before my computer is too slow?

thank you very much for the help, as this has been on my mind for a while now.
 
#2
HD meter shows Hard Disk load. It will peak at red when you start playing - just hope it doesn't stay there....

I assume your iMac is an intel dual? The chip should be OK - I'd consider going to 4 gigs of RAM if the unit supports it.

Track count doesn't really determine computer issues. CPU intensive plug-ins (amp designer, sculpture, space designer..) are what really counts. Working with audio files at the higher sample rates (88., 96 k, etc) will also tax your system.

If the HD is not a problem but CPU load is, look at bounce in place or freeze track functions.
 
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