Originally Posted by jasonlewis
Again, I use an imac because of the situation I'm in with my studio. I simply can't justify $2500+ plus a monitor for a work computer. Sure the iMac lacks peripheral inputs, but this is the way that I have worked for years and have never had a problem at all.For my uses it's always had more than enough power.
I know plenty of people who chain their LM. I did the research before I bought it (of course, just like I'm doing now). It works with out a hitch. Most of my mixes are 16 + tracks and it runs fine. I don't see any of it as a miracle. This is how the stuff is supposed to work, as far as I know.
Yeah - in THEORY! But you read the forums and you find any number of posts from guys desperate to get their firewire gear playing nicely together. Sometimes it's the order of the chain that's critical, frequently it's just that they're overloading the bus, and often the solution (if there is one) is that they need another FW bus or have to figure out a way to avoid using bandwidth hungry gear at the same time.
For sure the nature of it is that you only get to hear about people with problems and maybe I have it wrong and there are millions of happy folks with FW devices daisy chained together . . .
I do know for a fact that different devices are variably smart in terms of how they share the available bandwidth - the cheapest option is for them to grab their maximum capacity and keep hold of it even if they're only using 10% - devices like the FF800 have options in the driver/control panel software to limit how much bandwidth they grab - and I believe (though could be wrong) that some devices are smart enough to use only the bandwidth they need in pretty small increments.
So maybe it's not a miracle, but it's a fact that the pro audio guys I know avoid daisy chaining for all their critical FW gear simply because that's what they've found works best and most reliably given the option.
Good luck - hope you get some answers