[ardour-users] questions about harddisks and drums (sampling)

Robert Jonsson rj at spamatica.se
Sun Oct 31 14:50:21 PST 2004


söndagen den 31 oktober 2004 20.04 skrev Jörg Ziefle:
> Hello,
> I am a new user of ardour. I've installed ardour, jack, jamin and
> whatnot. Now I think I'm ready to go but still have some beginner
> questions:
> My setup is the following:
> * IBM Thinkpad T42 (1 Gb RAM, 60 Gb harddisk w/ 5400 rpm)
> * RME Hammerfall Multiface w/ cardbus interface
> * some guitars and amps :)
> * Midi keyboard
> 1. Is the harddisk fast enough, or will I need a 7200 rpm one (Hitachi
>    7K60)?

Depends on how many tracks you stream, generally this won't be a limiting 

> 2. How do you guys do your drums? I'd like to use software samples like
>    ``Drumkit from Hell'', but has anybody experience with that? 

Yep, I'm running DFH under Linuxsampler. Though, until ardour does midi you 
can't do much without a midi sequencer, my own preference being MusE.

I've got some starter scripts for Linuxsampler that might come in handy until 
the Linuxsampler GUI is finished, incase you want to try it.

>    If so, 
>    what software sampler are you using? Has anybody experience with a
>    Midi-triggered expander, like the Yahama Motif?
> 3. I guess the 60 Gb won't last too long. Is an external (USB2-)
>    harddisk advisable, or is it too slow for performance reasons? What's
>    a good solution here?

Probably no good for streaming data to/from. But for backup purposes it's a 
splendid solution. I'm actually backing up over standard USB (takes ages).

> 4. Will I need an external mixer/equalizer?

Some people do, some don't ;-). You don't "need" an external mixer, but 
depending on your way of working it might be very handy. You should probably 
try to work out how you plan to record before emptying your pockets.



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