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    Do Apple\'s G5\'s not work with any Audio Cards?!

    A friend of mine called sweetwater this week to order a new setup. His salesman is trying to talk him into buying a G4, because according to this salesman none of the new G5\'s will work with any of the audio cards on the market. This seems absurd to me since a huge portion of Apple\'s market is the audio industry. Does anyone know anything about this? The guy did say something along the lines of the new G5\'s only use a different type of PCI card that is 3volts or something... My friend is not super technically inclined so I\'m thinking he may have mis-understood some things. But if this is true and I can\'t order a G5 until it will work with my stuff, then I\'ve got to figure something else out because my 3 1/2 year old G4 is about to commit suicide on me!

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    Re: Do Apple\'s G5\'s not work with any Audio Cards?!

    I wouldn\'t nessesarily trust the knowledge of sweetwater sales reps blindly...

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    Re: Do Apple\'s G5\'s not work with any Audio Cards?!

    well... doesn\'t that blow.... Does anyone know about the MOTU 2408mk III\'s?

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    Re: Do Apple\'s G5\'s not work with any Audio Cards?!

    Furst, did you mean to say you WOULD NOT trust, or you WOULD trust? Because I learned a LONG time ago NOT to trust pretty much any sales rep. That\'s why I come to Northern Sounds [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/tounge_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Re: Do Apple\'s G5\'s not work with any Audio Cards?!

    Your guy at sweetwater is a smuck.

    There are plenty of 3v cards on the market.
    Most of digis current cards LOOK like they will work.

    Point is, no one knows until they test it on a G5.
    Sounds like he is pushing a computer that they have in stock.

    I like sweetwater. Nika is a pal and has done me solid many times.

    Change your sweetwater guy. Ask for Nika. He has never pushed me into a piece of gear.
    He is going to let me in on the testing they will do with the new G5s as soon as they arrive.

    I think a dual 2 ghz is in my future.

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    Re: Do Apple\'s G5\'s not work with any Audio Cards?!

    RME audio cards work with both the old/current 5V and new 3.3V PCI slots. I am successfully using an RME card in a Dell server 3.3V configuration. You can identify a card that supports both standards by looking at the PCI connector. It will have a large tab in the middle and two smaller tab connectors on each side. This link shows the connector: http://www.rme-audio.de/english/digi96/digi96pa.htm

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    Re: Do Apple\'s G5\'s not work with any Audio Cards?!

    Im not a Mac guy, but I heard and read some lit about a month back when they first release info on the G5\'s that the pci slot will be different and have a 66 megaherz throughput instead of the standard 33.
    Just make sure that your soundcard is compliant with that new pci standard , I cant remember the name , Im sure Mac knows if you call them.

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    Re: Do Apple\'s G5\'s not work with any Audio Cards?!

    Originally posted by J. Whaley:
    Furst, did you mean to say you WOULD NOT trust, or you WOULD trust? Because I learned a LONG time ago NOT to trust pretty much any sales rep. That\'s why I come to Northern Sounds [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/tounge_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
    <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">Oops, yeah. I edited it. [img]graemlins/tounge_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
    I guess I\'ve cashed in all my stupid tokens for the day.

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    Re: Do Apple\'s G5\'s not work with any Audio Cards?!

    Be Careful,

    My expereince is that the USB and firewire interfaces have a much higher latency with Giga than PCI interfaces. I know several people doing great work with their G5, unfortunately, I do not know what interfaces they use.

    (hehe) I can tell you that I am very happy with my Sony Vaio P4, Sonar with Giga. Obviously, I am a PC guy, although I am considering using a G5 to work with Final Cut Pro for my video needs. Currently, I use Adobe Premiere and love it but there are many people in the industry that use Final Cut Pro so for compatability in collaborating, I am thinking about the addition of the G5.

    Garius Hill
    Manhattan

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    Re: Do Apple\'s G5\'s not work with any Audio Cards?!

    Okay, I\'m bumping this back up because I have some new information - yet I don\'t have any info.

    I wrote MOTU tech support to ask them. I finally got a reply which said \"we don\'t know but we\'ll know in 2 weeks\". Well call me an idealist, but shouldn\'t a tech dept know if their card is 5 volt or 3 volt? (talking about the MOTU 2408mkIII). So I pulled my card out to compare it to the picture of the RME card CS duke posted above - Well the 2408mkIII card is short and stubby and doesn\'t have the two slots. Does that mean it\'s not 3 volt? I think I may buy a remaining G4 and wait another year..... errrrrr. I hate apple almost as much as I love them...... errrrrrrr

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