Mac pro 8 recording question

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by dexterwheeler, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. dexterwheeler
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    Hi guys I have mac pro 8 core and I have 4 hard drives inside. I compose music on my computer and need to add more drives to my system for samples. I don't wanna go firewire or usb because its not fast enough. And a Esata extender cable for the mac pro is a lot of work to install.

    My question is how can I add more drives to my system and still get fast speed as with my 4 internal drives? Is their a PCI card I can buy to add more drives? If so any recommendations?
     
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    If you don't mind getting a 24" SATA cable or don't have two optical drives...

    Here.

    Why did you post twice?
     
  3. CJRhoades
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    There are PCI cards that you can hook a hdd to but why not go with firewire? What will you be doing that 800Mb/s isn't fast enough?
     
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    really? even f/w 800? what are you streaming across it?

    you can get external SATA drives and a SATA card or two.
     
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    You can get a PCI-e card with eSATA ports. Firmtek and Sonnet are two brands that specialize in Macs
     
  6. dexterwheeler
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    sory new to the forum and didnt know if I posted in the right section. I need more than 800/mbs for the sofware I will be using. I plan on using EWQL platinum orchestra. From the user I;ve talked to who use the software told me I need to seperate each section of the orchestra on 4 seperate fast drives. And I need the 4 internal drives bays for sequencer software and other plugins.

    so whats better the Pci-e card or sata card. Sorry for the lack of knowledge. Also how many external drives can I install and still get the same speed as internal drives?
     
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    sorry for the confusion -- it's the same card. it plugs into the PCIe slot of your mac and offers SATA drive connections externally.
     
  8. trainguy77
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    Firewire will get the same performance as internal.
     
  9. fernmeister
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    What sample libraries are you running? Four internal 1TB drives afford you space for some serious collections. The Vienna super package is 746 GB and that's a seriously maxxed out collection.

    Also, what are you doing for backup? I would move the backups externally before the libraries.

    Beyond that the eSATA is the best solution and probably easier than rigging up an extra internal.
     
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    Don't think so. Besides the overhead of the Firewire protocol and the bridge card in the enclosure, the OP is almost certainly using a Firewire digital audio interface, and the in/out audio stream will have to contend with the data stream on the same Firewire controller.
     
  11. dexterwheeler
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    thanks guys for all the help. I will be using EWQl choirs,platinum orchestra/RA/Colossus/MOR and vocies of passion. I will alsp be using the vienna stuff and a few other vst's. So esata is the best way than. Problem is the estata extender cable seems like a lot of internal work to install.
     
  12. AviationFan
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    Well, that's why should take a look again at Firmtek and Sonnet (see links provided above by CanadaRAM). Putting in a PCIe into your Mac is very straighforward and quick. No need to worry about installing the extender cable then, even though that would be a cheaper solution.

    - Martin
     
  13. dexterwheeler
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    Thanks for the links. If I get the sonnet sata E4P can I install 4 of the external sata drives into another computer case instead of buying seperate enclosures for the drives?
     

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