Hardware gurus and/or NI tech: any help possible on the following? I’m not sure how to set up my computer for best results with Kompakt. I have two 40 gig hard drives and 1 gig RAM. Processor is an Athlon 2.4 on an Invidia chipset board.
Using Giga, I had Gigastudio installed on drive C (IDE channel 1, master). Giga samples and files were stored on drive D (IDE channel 2, master). Since an IDE channel will only be as fast as the slowest device in that channel, I hooked the CD-ROM drive up to ch1 (IDE channel 1, slave) because it is so much slower than either hard drive, and because the “streaming” drive must be kept as fast as possible. This is according to Nemesys/Tascam and other posts on the Northern Sounds Giga forum.
On installing Kompakt, I intended to follow the same pattern in order to maximize polyphony. NI, though, didn’t provide an option for the storage of samples on a different hard drive. I have installed Sonar on Drive C, though, and will store Sonar files on Drive D.
1) Does the “Giga” setup above help with Kompakt/Kontakt polyphony as well? Or, since NI mentions NOTHING about computer hardware, is it simply not as great an issue as it is with Giga? If it is, how can Kompakt be set up with the app and samples on separate drives?
2) Is it a good idea to circumvent this problem by purchasing an inexpensive PCI IDE controller card to add a third IDE channel? Has anyone tried this? Good results?
3) With Kompakt as a DXi/VST (which I am using for the first time) in Sonar, would a better setup be Drive C = IDE channel 1, master, Drive D = IDE channel 1, slave, and CD-ROM = IDE channel 2, master?
Thanks for any suggestions!