Mac Mini 2011 firewire 800 to 400

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  1. m1kygarcia macrumors member

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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.
     
  2. ivnj macrumors 65816

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  3. m1kygarcia thread starter macrumors member

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    I guess it'll perform lower, my concern is if indeed will work :S lol
     
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  5. m1kygarcia thread starter macrumors member

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    All right thank you, I guess it's just a matter of wait for ivy bridge or get it know. Decisions decisions :S
     
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  7. cvaldes macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  8. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    Why should it be slower? The midi mixing board supports only FW400, so it has the same speed as before.
     
  9. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    I'm sure he just meant the entire bus would run at a slower speed. Not the actual mixing board.
     
  10. ivnj macrumors 65816

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    yes
     
  11. macrominnie macrumors member

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    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.
     
  12. Waseycakes macrumors newbie

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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
     
  13. m1kygarcia thread starter macrumors member

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    Awesome thanks you guys I'm ordering the cable right now, :D
     
  14. blanka macrumors 68000

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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!
     

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