1785 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 20, 2011 5:49 PM by Jazz Jasper
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2011 9:31 AM (in response to Jazz Jasper)The Mac's internal $2 audio chip is not used.
Depending on the setup you may not need an external drive as you aren't going to be streaming multi-track audio.
So, a Macbook pro with a good sized internal drive and a Firewire audio interface should cover everything.
I've played several of the touring Broadway shows the come through this part of the country, the Firewire audio interface that's used is the MOTU Traveler.(Mark of the Unicorn). It's a multi-input low latency interface that's extremely solid, you could use a USB 2.0 external hard drive for backup with a clone of the Mac's internal drive on it. The MOTU audio interface also has standard MIDI ports.
It's possible the other setups you've used have a Firewire audio interface and a sepatate USB MIDI interface.
I wouldn't recommend flipping the USB/Firewire duties, Firewire is more reliable as an audio interface, especially with the MOTU hardware as they use their own (not Apple's) drivers.
pancenter-Power PC G5 Dual 1.8GHz, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), RME Audio - MOTU MIDI, (Logic 8.02), Intel/Windows-7 Quad Core PC
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2011 3:12 PM (in response to Pancenter)I should add... the MOTU Ultralight is also a good choice for this kind of work.Power PC G5 Dual 1.8GHz, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), RME Audio - MOTU MIDI, (Logic 8.02), Intel/Windows-7 Quad Core PC
Currently Being ModeratedJan 19, 2011 3:34 AM (in response to Jazz Jasper)Thanks Pancenter, appreciate the information.
So I take a firewire directly out of the Macbook and plug directly into the MOTU Traveler/Ultralight and then take an Audio output from the Traveler/Ultralight?
It's completely alien to me so apologies for the simple questions.Macbook Pro, 2.66 GHz, i7, 4GB, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2011 4:35 AM (in response to Jazz Jasper)Yes, that will get the audio out from the Logic/Mainstage patches you are using - note, you don't need to actually run Logic, you just access the same sounds through mainstage, using software instrument channel strips in exactly the same way you would with Logic.Macbook 13", Mac OS X (10.6.2), 4Gb RAM, Apogee GIO, Motu Ultralite Mk3
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2011 5:49 PM (in response to littleeden)Thanks for the help, much appreciated.Macbook Pro, 2.66 GHz, i7, 4GB, Mac OS X (10.6.4)