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Macbook Pro w Cubase Hard Disk Question Modular Synthesizers
Old 2nd September 2011
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Macbook Pro w Cubase Hard Disk Question

hi guys, thank you all for taking the time to read this and reply.

i got a new macbook pro quad core 8gb ram about 5 months back to use as my main machine for recording mixing. but i notice in the cubase meters that although the cpu use is fine, i still get spikes in the disk department. i have a 5400 rpm disk. does this mean i need to swap out for a 7200 rpm, or something like an expresscard attached firewire drive?

thanks guys.

Old 2nd September 2011
Lives for gear

Your computer is doing lots of other stuff besides running your daw.
All those other services, housekeeping and tasks have that hard drive
head zipping back and forth trying to keep up.

Best practice for ANY computer daw:

OS, apps and plugins on boot drive
sample libraries on a secondary drive (if you use them)
audio projects on another separate drive

Turn off any automatic services (indexing, antivirus, etc) while recording/mixing.
7200rpm drives help.
Stick with 44.1k, 96k projects suck 4 times more data.
Large orchestrators will even break up massive projects as a 7200rpm drive will
strain approaching 200 tracks... the amount they can stream is not unlimited.
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