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    I have a G5 1.8 iMac with 768RAM and am using Logic Express and Garageband. With both I cannot get more than 4 or 5 tracks at a time without it saying CPU overload. I have tried optimizing CPU and locking tracks but it still won't work.

    I don't understand its not like I want 64 tracks, Id be happy with 8. I had 3 tracks with loops, 1 with guitar through a Presonus Inspire and Guitar ig plugin and one with midi controller playing software instrument.

    Is there a less powerhungry recording application?

    Should I invest in more RAM or external hard drive ?

  • #2
    Originally posted by mazza_lives
    I have a G5 1.8 iMac with 768RAM and am using Logic Express and Garageband. With both I cannot get more than 4 or 5 tracks at a time without it saying CPU overload. I have tried optimizing CPU and locking tracks but it still won't work.

    I don't understand its not like I want 64 tracks, Id be happy with 8. I had 3 tracks with loops, 1 with guitar through a Presonus Inspire and Guitar ig plugin and one with midi controller playing software instrument.

    Is there a less powerhungry recording application?

    Should I invest in more RAM or external hard drive ?


    You should get a load more than that. I have played reasonably extensively with both GB and Logic Express on a G5 1.6 gig iMac and it's capable of way more than that. The iMac G5's have 7200rpm drives internally as well so although an external is a much better option, it shouldn't be that cripple..

    Other people here could help.

    Rimmer
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    • #3
      Wel I was adivised to unplug my Firewire interface (Presonus Inspire) and it seems to have worked fine meaning I could play a song in both Logic and GB simlataneosly without a problem.

      My challenge now is to get my Firewire interface working properly wihtout draining my system. I was advised to downgrade to 10.4.2 from 10.4.3 but Im not sure how I do that and if that is the best option.

      Any help would be appreciated.

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      • #4
        Are you using Logic and GB at the same time?

        If so, how come?

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        • #5
          No. I only did that to make a point when I tested my computer without the Inspire. I was curious to see how much it could take but usallu I only run one at a time.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mazza_lives
            No. I only did that to make a point when I tested my computer without the Inspire. I was curious to see how much it could take but usallu I only run one at a time.


            What are your buffer settings with the audio interface?

            Rimmer
            "(The New Testament) is a work of crude carpentry, hammered together long after its purported events, and full of improvised attempts to make things come out right." Christopher Hitchens, R.I.P

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            • #7
              It's a bug that exists with many firewire audio interfaces (ex: Presonus Firebox, Ediro FA 101, etc.).

              In fact, there is a problem with the Apple FireWire Audio driver, built into MacOSX, that manages all these "Class Compliant" Firewire interfaces.

              Let's hope it will be resolved with Leopard.

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              • #8
                Start with much more RAM - load the machine with as much RAM as you can afford. Still, you should be getting better track counts than that.
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