7 Replies Latest reply: Oct 17, 2012 3:04 PM by Eriksimon
cauchy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Do most of you do this instead of recording to your system disk? If so, why?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • QtheMusic Level 2 Level 2 (360 points)

    Because usually your system disk is busy running the shop. You can get away with it for a while if your projects are small, but after a while, things will start to slow down, and audio may not always have top priority over system functions. Result - gliches. If you are a privateer, maybe no problem, but if you are doing it for a living, it would be almost suicidal.

     

    Most professionals have been using a MacPro with several internal disks, system, audio, and maybe a couple of sample library disks. Lately with the advent of Thunderbolt, external disks are stating to be a more reasonable option, which has been bringing the iMacs and laptops more into play.Firewire is OK, but if you are running dozens of tracks with lots going on, as well as a firewire interface, things can start to bottle neck.

     

    if you have the option of only one internal drive, make sure your extermal audio drive is AT LEAST firewire 400. 800 is much better, and eSATA or Thunderbolt is as good as an internal drive. USB2 is not a feasible option for external audio, unless you are only talking about half a dozen tracks, and you don't mind a bit of skittishness.

     

    Hope this helps.

  • cauchy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Many thanks for the explanation.

     

    The reason I ask is because I recently acquired a 2 TB 7200 RPM Firewire 800 external hard drive with the intent of backing everything up. However, I've noticed that I get a "system overload" quite often as my tracks increase and I use more software instruments...which is very annoying. I am using a 2011 iMac with 4 GB's of RAM and only have one internal 1 TB hard drive.

     

    So my question is. . .should I be recording to my external hard drive instead? Moreover, should I be saving everything on my external drive as well?

     

    Thanks.

  • QtheMusic Level 2 Level 2 (360 points)

    That's exactly what I would expect would happen. Yes, record to your external drive. What interface are you using, and is it sharing the Firewire 800 port, and if so, is it down speeding to 400?

     

    I would be getting at least one other drive to back up to. There's no reason you can't use cheap USB drives for this if money is an issue. It's really only an *** saver if your main drive crashes, which does happen. Just don't try to run big audio projects direct from your USB backup drive. And while you're at it, clone your system drive. Or use Time Machine backup. Just not to your audio drive, because that's what you want to be protecting. Nervous people would keep an additional backup drive at a different location, in case of fire or theft. That happens too.

     

    Depends on what's important to you.

  • cauchy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks.

     

    I'm using a cheap USB only M-Audio Fast Track C400 as my audio interface. Presently, I can't afford something nice like an Apogee Duet or something comparable. I'm essentially stuck with what I have for right now.

     

    This might be a dumb question. . .but, to record to my external drive I just choose my external drive when prompted to save a project?

  • Eriksimon Level 6 Level 6 (11,965 points)

    cauchy wrote:

    to record to my external drive I just choose my external drive when prompted to save a project?

    Yes, it is as simple as that.

  • cauchy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Great! Sounds too good to be true.

  • Eriksimon Level 6 Level 6 (11,965 points)

    cauchy wrote:

     

    Sounds too good to be true.

     

    In that case it probably won't work on your Mac...