Avid Pro Audio Community

Avid Pro Audio Community

How to Join & Post  •  Community Terms of Use  •  Help Us Help You

Knowledge Base Search  •  Community Search  •  Learn & Support


Avid Home Page

Go Back   Avid Pro Audio Community > Pro Tools Hardware > FireWire and USB Audio Interfaces (Mac)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-24-2014, 07:23 PM
Dopamine Dopamine is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Posts: 1,497
Default Anyone Record to External USB 3 drive?

I know Avid doesn't recommend it, BUT I have a Macbook Air and need to record (just 1 mic). I was wondering if for just 1 track would a USB 3 drive would work- assuming it was a good 7200 rpm drive.

Anyone try this? Or do I need to bite the bullet and buy and expensive Thunderbolt drive?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-25-2014, 03:16 AM
ZenMaster ZenMaster is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Finland
Posts: 7
Default Re: Anyone Record to External USB 3 drive?

I haven't read avid's recommendations, but recording to external storages has been done for ages. I say go with it :) Doesn't even need to be USB 3, as even USB 2 will work with multitrack i/o. So no worries!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-25-2014, 09:57 AM
Darryl Ramm Darryl Ramm is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 13,053
Default Anyone Record to External USB 3 drive?

You really have a session with just one track? Just try recording it to the internal drive... Especially if it is a recent MacBook Air that uses a fast PCIe (not SATA) based internal SSD. In that case recording to the internal drive may give you better performance than any dedicated audio/session HDD. Make sure your system is otherwise set up and optimized correctly (instructions in the install documentation),
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-25-2014, 11:35 AM
Dopamine Dopamine is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Posts: 1,497
Default Re: Anyone Record to External USB 3 drive?

Cool. I'm going to to test this out today.

I just need to record (1) mic. However I have 3 strikes against me:

1. Using Yosemite
2. Using an unsupported MAcBook Air
3. Recording to internal SSD

Fingers crossed. I'll report back!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-26-2014, 02:20 PM
ZenMaster ZenMaster is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Finland
Posts: 7
Default Re: Anyone Record to External USB 3 drive?

Are you guys for real?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-03-2014, 12:46 PM
Dopamine Dopamine is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Posts: 1,497
Default Re: Anyone Record to External USB 3 drive?

Happy to report that things are working great! I just need to record a band's rehearsal then do some vocal overdubs. And I've tested my MB Air and things are solid running Yosemite and latest PT 11 build.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenMaster View Post
Are you guys for real?
Yes!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-08-2014, 11:27 AM
Dopamine Dopamine is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Posts: 1,497
Default Re: Anyone Record to External USB 3 drive?

Update:

Recorded all weekend and PT/Yosemite was flawless!

Originally I was just going to set up a mic and record the band playing, then overdub vocals. Instead we ended up recording the full band, 2 inputs at a time.

With a buffer of 64, this worked great! It was my first time using PT 11, and it was a real joy.

This was all on an unsupported MB Air using the internal SSD drive.

Really unbelievable, I felt like I was on my HD system!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-08-2014, 01:21 PM
Darryl Ramm Darryl Ramm is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 13,053
Default Re: Anyone Record to External USB 3 drive?

Congrats, thanks for the update!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-08-2014, 02:17 PM
jryser's Avatar
jryser jryser is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Plainfield, IN
Posts: 920
Default Re: Anyone Record to External USB 3 drive?

Very cool!
__________________
A Rig: MacBook Pro Spring 2013, 2.8Ghz I7, 16GB RAM,
OSX Mavericks 10.9.4, PT 11.2, MBox Pro 3, Glyph GT 050 Qx3 1.5 TB drives Thunderbolt-FW400, Presonus Faderport. 10 REMOVED!
B Rig:MacBook Pro Spring 11, 2.33 GHz I7, 16GB RAM, OSX Mavericks 10.9.4, PT 11.2, MBox Pro 3, Glyph Portagig 62 portable 1 TB drive Firewired with 400, Presonus Faderport. 10 REMOVED!
I am the main songwriter/performer for Midwest Whitetail, Cabela's Deer Nation, Spring Thunder, and Northern Waters Series!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-13-2014, 09:51 PM
suttlet1 suttlet1 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Boulder, CO
Posts: 10
Default Re: Anyone Record to External USB 3 drive?

Just for the record, I record a live radio show, 2 to 2 1/2 hours long. 40 - 48 tracks @ 44.1k onto a USB 3 drive all the time. No problems here.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pro Tools 7.3 won't let external drive become record drive Slice of Pineapple General Discussion 6 09-08-2013 07:18 PM
To to be able to record to External Hard Drive!!! stringplayer 003, Mbox 2, Digi 002, original Mbox, Digi 001 (Mac) 4 11-28-2010 12:44 PM
Record/Playback on an external drive vinyldj69 003, Mbox 2, Digi 002, original Mbox, Digi 001 (Mac) 2 09-30-2008 07:51 AM
External Drive won't record... sheeptuf 003, Mbox 2, Digi 002, original Mbox, Digi 001 (Mac) 2 08-06-2008 04:58 PM
How do I record onto an external hard drive? Sergeman 003, Mbox 2, Digi 002, original Mbox, Digi 001 (Mac) 8 06-04-2006 01:14 PM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:43 AM.


Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright ©2000 - 2008, Jelsoft Enterprises Limited. Forum Hosted By: URLJet.com