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    G4 powerful enough?

    Hi: I have a G4 800 MHZ, single processor tower, with 1 Gig of RAM. I'm using Logic and EXS24. It's been suggested to me, my computer is not powerful enough to use even a 16Bit large piano sample libraries like Vintaudio, or the White Grand. That I'll experience drop-outs, less polyphony, etc. I've read one post where even on a 2.5 GHZ Penitum Sony Vaio, his computer was working really hard to keep up with the Vintaudio C7 24 bit version.

    Any comments would be appreciated.

    Antaren

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    Re: G4 powerful enough?

    Thanks Lee for your clear answer. Guess I'll wait until I can get a G5.

    Antaren

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    Re: G4 powerful enough?

    CPU power is important but don`t forget a fast HDD
    Because you may need a fast (10000rpm SATA) HDD for 24bit samples.

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    Veron: I was always told that 7200 RPM would be fine. This is not so?

    Antaren

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    Re: G4 powerful enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by Antaren
    Veron: I was always told that 7200 RPM would be fine. This is not so?

    Antaren
    I think it depends on how many instrument or how big the samples are.
    To be precise , how many wav files that your going to play at once .
    And for me , I`m mainly using 16bit samples , so 7200rpm
    is doing good for me . BTW ,I`m using a Seagate 7200rpm , 8MB cache
    HDD just for samples .

    And this doesn`t mean that , for 24bits samples you need a
    SATA 10000rpm , because I read that the library from Bela D (Project 6,which sounds awesome )
    is 24bits but the requirement is 7200rpm.
    But if you look at QLSO Platinum which is 24bits also ,
    they recommend you to get a 10000rpm SATA .

    So it all depends on how many samples your going to playback,
    and how big the samples are .Because playback big samples means
    the HDD needs to read that much information from the
    HDD at once . So it has to be faster .

    One best thing is , when you want a sample library
    go to there website and look at the recommendations.
    Or ask hear . There are alot of kind developers and users that
    would answer you questions

    Hope this helps.

    Edited :
    I think I`ll pass this on to Lee , because it seems he knows more

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    Re: G4 powerful enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by Antaren
    Hi: I have a G4 800 MHZ, single processor tower, with 1 Gig of RAM. I'm using Logic and EXS24. It's been suggested to me, my computer is not powerful enough to use even a 16Bit large piano sample libraries like Vintaudio, or the White Grand. That I'll experience drop-outs, less polyphony, etc. I've read one post where even on a 2.5 GHZ Penitum Sony Vaio, his computer was working really hard to keep up with the Vintaudio C7 24 bit version.

    Any comments would be appreciated.

    Antaren
    You know what I would do for now? Buy the Universal Sounds Bank PlugSound PS01 Keyboards PlugIn. I think it lists for $99. It has a bunch of acoustic and electric pianos that sound pretty good and don't use a lot of RAM (no disk streaming). It also runs without problems on Logic.

    It won't rival Ivory (my personal favorite), but except for piano players and nitpicky composer types like us, no one else will notice the difference. Just my opinion.

    - Mike Greene

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    Thanks Veron & Lee for your clarifications regarding Hard drive speed, and thanks Mike for the recommendations. I'll check it out.

    Antaren

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    Re: G4 powerful enough?

    I have several Macintosh computers in the studio with the slowest one being a G4/466. The 24 bit Bardstown Bosendorfer Imperial Grand Model 290 plays and performs perfectly on this older G4/466 running in Logic/EXS24. I actually have a few customers who have successfully used this 24 bit piano on older blue and white G3's running in Logic/EXS24.

    Kip McGinnis
    Bardstown Audio
    www.bardstownaudio.com

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    Re: G4 powerful enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bardstown Audio
    I have several Macintosh computers in the studio with the slowest one being a G4/466. The 24 bit Bardstown Bosendorfer Imperial Grand Model 290 plays and performs perfectly on this older G4/466 running in Logic/EXS24. I actually have a few customers who have successfully used this 24 bit piano on older blue and white G3's running in Logic/EXS24.

    Kip McGinnis
    Bardstown Audio
    www.bardstownaudio.com
    wow, this is great to hear as a G4 owner myself

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