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    Question Is my Mac strong enough...

    I have a Silver/Blue G4 dual with 1.5 Gigs RAM running Panther 10.3.

    Is it strong enough to use the Garritan AU plug in MOTU's DigitalPerformer 4.5?




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    Re: Is my Mac strong enough...

    What is the clock speed of your G4? I have a 1.25g G4, and while I'd like a G5, GPO works well for me. I just have to freeze tracks more often than I might like.

    Hope this helps,

    Karl

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    Re: Is my Mac strong enough...

    Quote Originally Posted by Karl Garrett
    What is the clock speed of your G4? I have a 1.25g G4, and while I'd like a G5, GPO works well for me. I just have to freeze tracks more often than I might like.

    Hope this helps,

    Karl

    Forgot to mention the clock speed.


    It clocks at 450. Really slow comparred to yours!

    Do you think it could handle GPO ( one track at a time ) at that speed?



    Walter

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    Re: Is my Mac strong enough...

    A dual 450 G4 would choke up fast with GPO though if you freeze most of your tracks you would still be able to do a lot with GPO. My dual 800 G4 felt underpowered though my dual 1800 G5 is great with GPO.
    Aaron Clark, C/C++, J2EE, Flash, Perl and PHP programming.
    Logic Pro 7.0.1, G5 1800x2, 3 Gig ram, GPO and GOS lite.
    My site: http://www.clarkaudio.com
    Where I work now: http://www.blinex.com/

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    Re: Is my Mac strong enough...

    You CAN run it on your current hardware - but there are some trade-offs.

    You will have to either record single tracks (or even 2 tracks probably would be fine, depending upon which instruments) at a time and freeze them as audio....
    or you can reduce the resolution size of the samples in GPO studio from 44,000 to a lower number. upping the buffer also helps.

    I have a powerbook g4 running 667 mhz with 512 megs of ram and can technically power 16-24 instruments, but at lower resolutions. My GPO Studio setup is currently set to 512 buffer and 19,200 resolution size for the samples. This affects sound quality, but not really noticible until you listen to upper register notes like a celeste or glockenspiel. I don't recommend these specs for recording.

    When I am recording, I try to have the resolution size as close to default as possible, recording only a few tracks at a time as audio. But for general use with Finale or cubase, I keep at lower resolutions so I can hear more instruments at a time.

    Hope this helps.

    Jerry Wickham
    MacBook Pro Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5ghz 4GB Ram OSX 10.5.8
    Korg TritonLe & MAudio Oxygen 8
    T3, Logic 9, DP7, K2, GPO4, Strad, Gofriller, C&MB, Finale 2010

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    Re: Is my Mac strong enough...

    Thank you UNIX_GURU and Jerry W.

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    Re: Is my Mac strong enough...

    How do I change the resolution size?
    Jess Hendricks
    DMA Student and Teaching Asst in Music Theory/ Composition at the University of Miami
    Personal Website

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    Re: Is my Mac strong enough...

    Quote Originally Posted by jesshmusic
    How do I change the resolution size?
    In GPO Studio, Go under "Settings" menu
    Choose "Preferences"
    You can adjust the buffer and sample resolution there.
    Though it isn't necessary, I would make the changes right after opening the studio, as it is a blank doc. if you change the saettings with a lot of instruments loaded, it goes through and changes them all - just takes a lot of time.

    Jerry

    I can send you screen shots if you want, email me and I will respond.

    Jerry Wickham
    MacBook Pro Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5ghz 4GB Ram OSX 10.5.8
    Korg TritonLe & MAudio Oxygen 8
    T3, Logic 9, DP7, K2, GPO4, Strad, Gofriller, C&MB, Finale 2010

    My Website!
    New Film Scores!
    Also, Ever think about having your very own personal documentary? See my new Website!
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