[MPA] I need sound(card) advice for my G4

John Neumann jneumann at ece.cmu.edu
Mon Dec 29 14:33:21 PST 2003

PTFree sometimes gives an error message about 
being out of disk space or having a fragmented 
disk, but I think it's an incorrect message. I 
was able to get it working by changing some disk 
use settings in ProTools, but I don't remember 
what it was (it's been more than a year since I 
switched to OS X and I haven't used ProTools 
since then). But I can tell you that I don't 
think disk fragmentation is a problem- others may 
have had other experiences- but I was running 
ProTools on a beige G3 with a 4 GB hard drive, 
that I didn't do anything special to, and I never 
had any problems, even using 16 tracks (I think 
that's the ProTools Free 3 maximum; ProTools Free 
5 could only run 8 if I remember).

For recording with the DAE, you might be limited 
to 2 tracks at a time in PTFree.


At 23:15 +0100 12/29/03, Andrew Yonda wrote:
>Let me start with my question for you:  What is a
>decent soundcard for a G4/450 w/ 640 megs of RAM,
>running ProTools Free on OS 9.1?  New or used, no
>matter. I don't need MIDI, basically just a sound
>input to replace the one Apple didn't include. 
>Also, can you tell me if one can record 2 or more
>tracks at once in PTFree? 
>That's it, if you want some more info, I've included a
>bunch below,
>Bonus details:
>I tried to use PTFree when I first got this computer,
>but of course Apple had just eliminated the sound
>input, so I bought the Griffin Imic, which turned out
>to have sync problems.  I also had fragmentation
>problems, due to PTFree, I believe, so I reformatted
>the whole computer and went back to my old Fostex
>4-track.  Well, now the 4-track is not doing so hot,
>and I would like to get just a little more
>complicated, so I want give ProTools another go.
>Here's the thing:
>1.  I want to keep things as simple as possible--I
>record at home to develop ideas and demos, not make
>final products, so I don't want my setup to discourage
>me from recording.  I am almost perfectly happy with
>my analog 4-track, I would just like a few effects and
>a few more tracks.
>2.  I'm happy with OS9, I'm not particularly
>interested in buying OSX (the OSX my G4 came with is
>awful, a real early version).
>3.  I need just a few effects, such as reverb,
>compression, and delay.
>4.  How can I avoid fragmentation?  Norton SpeedDisk?
>Divide my hard disk?  Buy another drive?
>5.  If you've read all this and think I should stick
>with analog, let me know!
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