Mac Mini 2011 firewire 800 to 400

m1kygarcia

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Aug 8, 2012
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Hello guys:

I know this may sound like a stupid question, but given my current circumstances of my Mac Pro becoming dead today, I am seriously considering getting a Mac Mini, I just want to make sure my studio setup will work with the Mac mini FireWire port.
The midi mixing board I have is 400 if get the adapter, from 800 to 400, would it be still working?

As usual thanks in advance for your time and answer.
 

cvaldes

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One can mix Firewire 800 and Firewire 400 devices on the same FW800 bus. Put the slower FW400 devices at the end, as not to bottleneck the entire chain. A FW800-FW400 cable is sufficient.

Good luck.
 

macrominnie

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You do not need an adapter. A FW800 to FW400 cable is enough. See also:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=15154534#post15154534
While there are adapters, "bilingual" Fw800 to FW40 cables are cheap through some vendors. Here's a range of 6 feet to 15 feet cables ranging in price from USD $4.72 to $8.35. It's possible to find adapters in a similar price range, at newegg and elsewhere.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=103&cp_id=10301#1030105

I have no allegiance to this vendor and expect that there are some comparable bargains if you shop around. It would be nice if TB cables eventually approached this price neighborhood.
 

m1kygarcia

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I agree with Retrofire, don't waste money on an adapter, get the 400 to 800 cable. I had a FW 400 audio interface and when I upgrade my machine to the iMac with FW 800 I bought an adapter and it didn't work. Got the cable and it worked like a charm
Awesome thanks you guys I'm ordering the cable right now, :D
 

blanka

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Jul 30, 2012
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That is the marvel of Firewire. If you can hook it up, it will work.
Try this: hook one FW drive or gadget to 2 computers!