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Does firewire 800 really make a difference?
Old 2nd May 2007
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Does firewire 800 really make a difference?

Say recording 13 tracks at the same time, will firewire 400 be fast enough at 48k? specifically rme fireface 800, i do believe that uses firewire 800
Old 2nd May 2007
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Here it's 16 tracks at 44.1kHz/24bit into a G3 iBook via firewire 400 - do the math, I don't think it would be a problem.
Old 2nd May 2007
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FF 800 does NOT use Firewire 800 unless 2 units are chained together!

no Firewire 800 will do you no good aside from an EXT drive.

Old 2nd May 2007
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FW400 is easily fast enough for 13 tracks

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Old 2nd May 2007
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I agree w/ JCSCHILD:George(tech support SynthAx/RME)told me fw 800 has no advantage unless you are using multiple units,also realise you can change available routing configs to make recording less CPU intensive .
*very important for best results keep FF on it's own Firewire buss ,if you have FW hard drives put them on their own FW bus via a pci fw card,you want to avoid FW bottleneck.
Old 2nd May 2007
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The Mackie Onyx 1640 worked for me, flawlessly, with 16 simultaneous inputs. I even chained a 7200 iomega ext hdd to the board and it was fine. no glitches. no bottlenecks. nothing. it's fine. don't worry about it.

there's quite a bit of bandwidth in a fw 400 connection.
Old 2nd May 2007
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also: i was told that when you're using a fw400 device on a fw800 port, you're still only going to operate at 400mbps, so it's no advantage. anything you use will just operate at 400mbps, but it'll double up. ...or so i've been told by an apple tech guy.

but they've been known to screw up from time to time.dfegad
Old 2nd May 2007
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I've recorded 18 inputs simaltaneously at 24/48 with a FW400 device (Digi 002), and had no problems. I'd be more worried about what your computer can handle more then anything else.
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