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How much RAM for GB on early Mac Pro ?

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  • How much RAM for GB on early Mac Pro ?

    Hey everyone,

    I'm running Garage Band on a first generation Mac Pro (see picture).
    The software has trouble reading multiple-track songs at times.

    Do you think it would it work significantly better with another 4 Go of RAM to reach a total of 8 Go or is the processor too old anyway ?

    Many thanks for your help !

    Manny
    <div class="signaturecontainer"><font face="Verdana"><font size="1"><font color="slategray">&quot;The blues is the recognition of a tragedy, and the optimism to deal with it&quot; (Fruteland Jackson)<br />
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    &quot;You may think you're playing your instrument, but what you're really playing is the audience&quot; (anonymous)</font></font></font></div>

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm running Garage Band on a first generation Mac Pro (see picture).
    The software has trouble reading multiple-track songs at times.

    Do you think it would it work significantly better with another 4 Go of RAM to reach a total of 8 Go or is the processor too old anyway ?

    Many thanks for your help !

    Manny


    What version of GB?

    GB has always been a bit of a hog in my experience. Logic Express onwards always seems a lot more efficient. Whether this is the case with newer versions of GB I don't know..

    My friend runs GB (v.??) on his 1.6gig G5 iMac and he gets a lot of work done. How much HD space do you have and are you running the sessions from an external HD?


    Regards. Rimmer
    <div class="signaturecontainer">"(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</div>

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    • #3
      Many of the lower end DAWs have problems with midi. I'm using Cubase and midi loads are pretty light.

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      • #4
        Thank you. I'm using GB 5.1 on my main internal HD (500 Go total, 75%full)..
        <div class="signaturecontainer"><font face="Verdana"><font size="1"><font color="slategray">&quot;The blues is the recognition of a tragedy, and the optimism to deal with it&quot; (Fruteland Jackson)<br />
        <br />
        &quot;You may think you're playing your instrument, but what you're really playing is the audience&quot; (anonymous)</font></font></font></div>

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        • #5
          Be aware that every track you open will have effects applied to free up CPU disable the effects.

          That's an old version not sure it's optimized for multiple cores, you may want to upgrade.
          G-Dub
          www.studiog-fx.com
          15 inch Quad-core i7, Macbook Pro,
          OSX 10.8.2, LPX, Logic 9.1.8, Apollo Duo

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          • #6
            Thanks. I've ordered 4Go of RAM, which is cheaper now for this machine (about 120$).

            I'm running OSX 10.5.8 so I guess upgrading GB would entail an OSX upgrade too.
            I'm not sure how Lion would work on my machine... ??
            <div class="signaturecontainer"><font face="Verdana"><font size="1"><font color="slategray">&quot;The blues is the recognition of a tragedy, and the optimism to deal with it&quot; (Fruteland Jackson)<br />
            <br />
            &quot;You may think you're playing your instrument, but what you're really playing is the audience&quot; (anonymous)</font></font></font></div>

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            • #7
              Thanks. I've ordered 4Go of RAM, which is cheaper now for this machine (about 120$).

              I'm running OSX 10.5.8 so I guess upgrading GB would entail an OSX upgrade too.
              I'm not sure how Lion would work on my machine... ??


              I think your machine has 64bit CPUs, you should be good to go with Lion.

              Also for best performance have your projects on a different drive, not your system drive.
              G-Dub
              www.studiog-fx.com
              15 inch Quad-core i7, Macbook Pro,
              OSX 10.8.2, LPX, Logic 9.1.8, Apollo Duo

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              • #8
                Thanks very much for your input guys.

                Unexpectedly enough things have been working better since I simply created separate accounts for work and music.

                I haven't received the additional RAM yet. I doubt that it will make much difference after all because the OSX utility - which I've just found out about and used for the first time - shows that I apparently use only half of the current RAM at the moment (with multiple apps running).

                Anyway, 2x2Go of Ram should be an improvement from my current (2x1Go + 4x512Mo). Maybe I should leave out the 512s and use 6Go (2x2Go + 2x1Go).

                Have you got any opinions on the best RAM set up with those 2Go (2x), 1Go (2x) and 512Mo (4x) modules on a Mac Pro 1.1?
                <div class="signaturecontainer"><font face="Verdana"><font size="1"><font color="slategray">&quot;The blues is the recognition of a tragedy, and the optimism to deal with it&quot; (Fruteland Jackson)<br />
                <br />
                &quot;You may think you're playing your instrument, but what you're really playing is the audience&quot; (anonymous)</font></font></font></div>

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                • #9
                  I think your machine has 64bit CPUs, you should be good to go with Lion.

                  Also for best performance have your projects on a different drive, not your system drive.


                  Mac Pro 1.1 (which I use) will run 64-bit applications just fine (and I do), but not the 64-bit kernel of OSX. It COULD hardware-wise, but Apple won't update to support it. They designated the MP 1.1 as obsolete when Snow Leopard rolled out, there are no more hardware or firmware updates.

                  I'm expecting Lion should run fine of the system however (people are running the beta successfully), I'm running Snow Leopard and the only issues I had was having to manually install the Boot Camp drivers because Apple blocks the MP 1.1 from installing Boot Camp 3+.

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