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Last post Mon, Nov 17 2014 by Cyril Blanc, 4 replies.
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Posted on Sat, Nov 15 2014 03:35
by andygrainger
Joined on Thu, Jan 22 2004, Austin, Posts 99

My slave computer running my VSL libraries is a Mac Mini with 16GB of RAM.  I am planning to put an internal SSD drive in it, maybe a Crucial M550 512GB to start with.  I have read that I can expect to load maybe 10 times as many samples into my template as with the regular external hard drive which I am using now.  What settings do I need to adjust to make this happen once the drive is installed?  Is it just the buffer size that needs adjusting or will it just automatically allow me to load more samples/patches?  Apologies if this has been answered before but I'm hoping that spending $250 or so on an internal SSD will significantly increase the number of instances and instruments that I can have loaded at any one time.

Thank you,  Andy

Posted on Sat, Nov 15 2014 09:08
by Cyril Blanc
Joined on Thu, Dec 19 2002, Paris France, Posts 2629
andygrainger wrote:

My slave computer running my VSL libraries is a Mac Mini with 16GB of RAM.  I am planning to put an internal SSD drive in it, maybe a Crucial M550 512GB to start with.  I have read that I can expect to load maybe 10 times as many samples into my template as with the regular external hard drive which I am using now.  What settings do I need to adjust to make this happen once the drive is installed?  Is it just the buffer size that needs adjusting or will it just automatically allow me to load more samples/patches?  Apologies if this has been answered before but I'm hoping that spending $250 or so on an internal SSD will significantly increase the number of instances and instruments that I can have loaded at any one time.

Thank you,  Andy

Is your Mac Mini with a Sata II or Sata III interface ? if it is a SATA II you will not be able to get all the speed of your Sata III SSD

You set this in Directory Manager.

You may need that some instruments will require a larger buffer

I have set mine to the minimum buffer size, except Trumpet C

you have to try until you get no click and pops

MacPro 2010 12 core 2.93 ghz 64 GB Mac OS X 10.11 2722 Rocket Raid Sata III card with 8 x ssd
VSL lib on a Raid 0 of 4 x 256 GB ssd Sata III - Raid 0 of 4 x 64 GB for other libs
System on a 1 TB ssd
Audio Motu PCI system 84 ins / 64 outs
Kbd : P80 Yamaha, S88 and S25 Komplete Kontrol, DX7
I-Controls Pro, 2xMidi expression pedals
Synth : many....
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Macbook pro Retina 2.7 ghz 16 GB
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Mac Mini server 10.10 (server EyeTV, Itunes, WEB, and Backup )
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Logic X , Dorico, Band In A Box, ORB Composer
VSL : MIR PRO, Appassionata Strings I, Solo strings , Wind and Brass Complete, Dimension Brass, Overdrive
Kontakt, Omnisphere, QLSO, QLSC, CS 80, Arturia V5, Maximo, Realivox Blue. CS 80 V3, The Orchestra, Art Conductor 5, Genesis Children Choir, Lunaris, Lacrimosa

Final Cut pro
Camera full HD
Posted on Sun, Nov 16 2014 22:54
by andygrainger
Joined on Thu, Jan 22 2004, Austin, Posts 99

Thank you Cyril,

My Mac Mini is a late 2012 model and from what I can gather it does have a Sata III interface.  (Nowhere can I seem to find a definitive answer to this however, not even in the Apple specs. The concensus seems to agree that it will be Sata III)  I wonder if anyone has a preference between the Crucial MX100 or an M550 SSD?  They claim the M550 is even faster tham the MX100 but the read and write speeds are the same.  Can't wait to experience the increase in performance now that SSD's are becoming more affordable.

I will indeed experiment with the preload sizes in the directory manager once I'm up and running.

Best,   Andy

Posted on Mon, Nov 17 2014 01:55
by Cyril Blanc
Joined on Thu, Dec 19 2002, Paris France, Posts 2629

The Master running thr DAW does not need to have very fast disk access. A SATA III SSD will do the job even if it is plugged on a SATA II bus

It is the computer that will contains all your samples that need to have very fast disk access 

MacPro 2010 12 core 2.93 ghz 64 GB Mac OS X 10.11 2722 Rocket Raid Sata III card with 8 x ssd
VSL lib on a Raid 0 of 4 x 256 GB ssd Sata III - Raid 0 of 4 x 64 GB for other libs
System on a 1 TB ssd
Audio Motu PCI system 84 ins / 64 outs
Kbd : P80 Yamaha, S88 and S25 Komplete Kontrol, DX7
I-Controls Pro, 2xMidi expression pedals
Synth : many....
---
Macbook pro Retina 2.7 ghz 16 GB
---
Mac Mini server 10.10 (server EyeTV, Itunes, WEB, and Backup )
--
Logic X , Dorico, Band In A Box, ORB Composer
VSL : MIR PRO, Appassionata Strings I, Solo strings , Wind and Brass Complete, Dimension Brass, Overdrive
Kontakt, Omnisphere, QLSO, QLSC, CS 80, Arturia V5, Maximo, Realivox Blue. CS 80 V3, The Orchestra, Art Conductor 5, Genesis Children Choir, Lunaris, Lacrimosa

Final Cut pro
Camera full HD
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