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Old 03-04-2017, 11:08 PM
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Default Re: A little help, please: What hardware gear for PT + LOGIC + KONTAKT?

Originally Posted by r1m2b3 View Post
1) Should I get some ram memory up to 32Gb, or 64 GB? (reminder: PT, Logic, and some video too, but independently, i.e only with the audio mixes)
Imo, yes, get more than 16GB memory particularly if you are going to work with video additionally. 32GB should be enough though if you have to look
after your money now.

Originally Posted by r1m2b3 View Post
2) I plan to use the 256Gb ssd for installing the softwares: PT, Logic, Final cut pro (or some other video thing). Is any upgrade to 512 or 1 Tb needed?
Depends on your budget.
For your software/applications even 256GB will be enough if you have all samples, loops, audio whatever on external drives.
However if you can afford it and you want a more "clean" solution you can get the 1TB Flash drive and try to run everything from this one internal SSD only.
Those Apple Flash drives are the only drives which you can do that with seriously using Pro Tools.
You then only need an external USB 3 drive (donīt have to be Thunderbolt which is more expensive) for your back ups.

If however money is an issue now you might get 3 external USB 3 enclosures

and put one of these into each enclosure (get the amount of storage space according to your future needs but aviod anything less than 500GB).

There are also enclosures available which can house two drives (or more) but they most of the time come with a cooling system/fan which often is annoyingly
loud. I donīt know this particular one though. Maybe itīs ok?

To be honest I think I would not go for such a one (even if many pros do have those) because itīs expensive, large and assumingly loud by itīs fan.

The enclosure I posted you the link from above is super light, really affordable, made particularly for the use with SSDs and completely noiseless. I have been
using those for the last years successfully with Pro Tools and it does work perfectly fine.

Originally Posted by r1m2b3 View Post
3) If I understand correctly, I may need three external ssd's : 1)audio in thunderbolt 2)sample library in thunderbolt 3)backup system. What about the video rushes, and copies for video montage and editing? Where should all of these be placed?
Basically this is the requirement for serious work with Pro Tools however since those Apple Flash drives have become that crazily fast (600-800mb/s) you even
can run everything off a large Apple Flash drive only as well if you want/need to do it.

Except you use really many VIs with many very large sample libraries. Then you better use an external drive for those libraries even with an Apple Flash drive.
Whatīs important to know about SSD/Flash drives you must not fill them up more than 85% of their available storage space over a longer period of time.
If you do that the SSD/Flash drive will get slow by the time and die earlier. Thatīs really important to consider with SSDs/Flash drives.

As for your video stuff itīs the same with the audio. If you can afford it and you upgrade to the 1TB Apple Flash drive you can leave it on your internal Flash drive.
Only if the data should get to much by the time then you may put it on another external USB 3 SSD.

Originally Posted by r1m2b3 View Post
4)Audio interface: some of you ask what kind of music I'll be recording: I'll have to record jazz/soul/r'nb vocals that usually stand out of the mix in some old "Tony Braxton or Brian Mc Knight way". Probably no rock/pop of any sorts. + I'm a bit confused as to the number of I/O on a apollo twin mk2.
Well, actually the I/Os of the Apollo Twin are quite clear.
Itīs got 2 mic pres (like the 001) or 2 line inputs , 1 Guitar Z input, 4 line /TRS outputs (you can use them to connect 2 different pairs of monitors to the Twin)
1 headphone output and 8 digital ADAT inputs.

So finally you got 10 separate inputs and 4 separate outputs+1 headphone out.

According to your last posting I would suggest and recommend you following solution:
1) Universal Apollo Twin Mk2 Duo - for your audio interface because they got the best drivers and an exceptional audio quality as for converters and mic pres.
These Apollo units simply use to work great with Pro Tools as for stability, reliability and sound quality.
2) Focusrite Clarett Octopre - which you will connect via ADAT to the Apollo Twin and which will provide you 8 inputs (mic pres and line+inserts) additionally.
You even got 8 analog line outputs on the Focusrite theoretically but you will control itīs outputs via ADAT and the Apollo in this particular case.

Both units are brand new and of latest technology, offer very high audio quality as for converters and mic pres (the Focusrite mic pres come with the cool AIR
function and are current ones too) and it will be about €1650.- altogether. A lot less than the Apollo Quad.

The Focusrite Clarett Octopre is one of Focusriteīs latest releases and the successor of the famous Focusrite Octopre MK2 8 channel mic pre unit. The Clarett
Octopre is no audio interface like all the other Clarett devices but an 8 channel mic pre unit only.

I personally think this set up could meet your requirements perfectly while being still affordable in a way. If you should need more DSP power for those
Universal Audio plug ins later I would recommend to get a DSP Thunderbolt Satellite with for example 8 DSP Cores in the future.
2 DSP Cores from the Apollo Twin Duo however will certainly be enough to start out and to get into the world of UA.

Like mentioned in my previous posting itīs the great reliability, stability and the really high class audio quality which makes those Apollos desirable these days.
Even if I was very into the Clarett series when they were released and I still think these are ones of the very best interfaces in their price range it turned out by
the time that Focusrite did not a perfect job with drivers, software and other little things.
I think if being limited by a budget an Universal Audio audio interface with a brand new Focusrite mic pre extension unit via ADAT will be kinda best of both worlds.

Well, and no worries about the sound quality by using the ADAT extension for the inputs. That has been an approved way to work in countless high class studios by
audio professionals all around the world for decades.

The best of success to you.
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