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Re: G4 and digi001? (was O.T. Computers)

At 8:27 AM -0700 4/11/02, Evan Meyers wrote:

>does anyone use the digi001?

I use a Digi 001 in a PowerMac G4/500. I've recorded to an internal 
IDE drive and I recently bought a Firewire drive and am using that. 
I'm able to play back up to 24 tracks at 16/44.1 from either drive. I 
haven't tested the performance limits with many tracks at 24/48, but 
I'm presently working with that file format and recording four tracks 
at once.

The Digi 001 hardware is fine, as long as you don't need to record at 
a higher rate than 48kHz. It's easy to use, with a pair of XLR/TRS 
inputs and headphone output on the front panel and the rest of the 
analog I/O on the back. The ADAT lightpipe connectors are on the PCI 
card itself, which can be a little kludgy. My only other complaint is 
that because Inputs 1 and 2 are on the front panel they are omitted 
from the rear panel. I'd rather they were duplicated.

My principal softwares are Pro Tools LE 5.1 and Peak 3.0, though I 
have a number of other programs that work well with the Digi 
hardware. I have a lot of plug-ins including Waves, GRM Tools, Metric 
Halo's Channel Strip, Speed, and others.

For MIDI sequencing I use Digital Performer. I haven't worked with 
the audio feature of DP yet. Previously I worked mainly in Studio 
Vision (which by the way is now freeware). Many people prefer Cubase 
or Logic.

I've also amassed a collection of software synths, mainly those from 
Native Instruments. These are great, but I haven't done any serious 
work with them.

I bought this system about a year and a half ago, and my decision was 
based primarily on the fact that two of my musical collaborators 
already had this system. File interchange was therefore simplified. 
By working with Pro Tools LE I also have easy file interchange with 
full-on Pro Tools TDM systems, though I haven't needed to do that yet.

I'm considering at some point changing to Nuendo and RME hardware. 
The Nuendo software seems to be much more intuitive and efficient 
than Pro Tools, and it supports VST plug-ins. The RME hardware offers 
96kHz at a good price.

Richard Zvonar, PhD
(818) 788-2202