I wanted to go over some questions that I have in regards to audour, computer hardware, & audio hardware. I have some reponses from the chat room listed below and I could use any additional feedback you might have on the answers I received.
Under “System Requirements” it says you should have a “disk subsystem” featuring atleast 7200RPM. Im not concerned about the RPM of the HD, but what is a “disk subsytem”? This flows into my second question:
Under “System Requirements” it says firewire drives are likely to work very well. Is this directed toward the system HD &/or the second non-system HD?
[00:31] jackbrown123: the basic story is that it doesn’t really matter unless you plan large track counts (lets say 12+)
[00:32] jackbrown123: a disk subsystem is everything involved in storing/retrieving data on a disk: the disk hardware itself, the interconnect (IDE, SATA, Firewire, USB), the drivers, the filesystem, the actual layout of the files on the disk
[00:32] jackbrown123: many people use ardour and other similar software on laptops with just a single system disk that runs at 5400rpm or 7200rpm
[00:33] jackbrown123: its only if you plan to record/play more than 12 tracks at a time that you even need to think about this stuff, and i should really edit that page
[00:34] jackbrown123: since that was written, the bandwidth of lower-RPM disk (e.g. 5400rpm) has increased dramatically, so that although the rotational latency is still not so good, they do not limit track counts in the same way as they used ot
- my previous two questions were more in relation to latency than to track counts. Ive had problems
with latency with my current setup and i am trying to design a new system.
[00:45] “latency” is more to do with the audio hardware and the configuration of the operating system than the disks
Do the “chat” responses above also mean that USB HD’s are now as good as Firewire or should I only use firewire when using a second drive for audio?
Does the same thing hold true for the audio interfaces or do Firewire audio interfaces work better than USB, when considering “latency”?