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Old 11-07-2003, 02:28 AM
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Default SCSI drives and PCI-based audio interfaces

Well, I recognize that several engineers use SCSI drives for audio,
and I have always heard people say SCSI drives are the better choice
if you can afford it, although I have never actually heard a technical
explanation on why SCSI drives are better. Anyway:

I have got the opportunity to install an Adaptec SCSI adapter card and
a couple of SCSI drives into my computer, and I just wonder if I would
benefit from doing that?

I mean, wouldn't Digi001 have to share PCI bus capacity with the SCSI
adapter, and by doing that gain reduced performance?

Any response would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 11-07-2003, 05:33 AM
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Default Re: SCSI drives and PCI-based audio interfaces

Trash the adaptec card IMO. I used adaptec for years but they have issues with OS X. Got an Atto card and it's smooth sailing with my ultra scsi 15k rpm cheetah drive
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Old 11-07-2003, 06:06 AM
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Default Re: SCSI drives and PCI-based audio interfaces

Adaptec is no use for Audio recording. It hogs the PCI bus no end, so there is not enough bandwidth left for the other traffic.

I know, I had the 39160 and got my audio performance killed; contstant bus errors.
digidesign suggest a ATTO SCSI Interface Card. it´s much better designed in terms of PCI payload.

Adaptec is great when NOTHING else important is on the PCI but, but not for Audio.

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Old 11-07-2003, 06:27 AM
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Thank you mindnoise.

I just tried the Adaptec card and my PCI bus clearly seemed to get more busy than usual.
Had some bus errors too. I think I'll stick to my ATA drives then.
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