[Ardour-Users] Audio drive - file system?

John Rigg au2 at jrigg.co.uk
Tue Aug 21 01:06:46 PDT 2012

On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 11:05:18PM +0200, Arnold Krille wrote:
> For audio (to get back on topic), you have big files (as audio-files
> tend to range from several to several hundred MB unless you do midi or
> tracker stuff)

In the video world where XFS was developed, audio files are 
considered to be small ;-)

> but don't let that fool you: Typical DAW reads from many
> files simultaneously so you don't really need fast sequential reading
> but fast non-sequential reading. So when you think about getting a ssd
> for your system, think twice and use the ssd for your audio stuff. You
> load ardour only once a day but the audio is loaded every time hit
> "play".

Good points, but beware of the SSD's habit of losing data when left
unpowered for any length of time. The modern ones are much worse for this
than the earlier ones. SSDs are great for work in progress, but useless
for long term storage.


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