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Re: iMac for Recording

Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 11:53 PM, Paul Richards <paulrichard_rocks@yahoo.com> 
> I was wondering about using an iMac (3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB 
>memory * 500GB hard drive) version for recording. The machine only has 
>one drive. Is it kosher to record on the iMac with only one drive. In the 
>PC world, I've always used two drives: one with the o/s, software, et al 
>and another for the actual recordings. Plus, I've always tried to stay 
>with hard drives that have a rotational speed of 7200.
> Will I have issues with the iMac using just the one hard drive? I assume 
>that I could always, at least, utilize an external USB or 
>Firewire-connected drive if necessary. And, am I hanging onto an outdated 
>parameter as far as the rotational speed is concerned? THX!

Hi Paul,
It depends on the number of channels you want to record
simultaneously. Both my Macbook and iMac have 5400 rpm drives and run
fine when recording 4 tracks. FYI: I haven't tested 6 or 8 tracks yet
on these machines but I would expect that 7200 rpm is recommend when
recording 8-16 or more tracks of audio simultaneously.

Sjaak Overgaauw