MacBook Pro 2.2Ghz: topping out at or under 32 tracks :(

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Master of the Obvious?
Member Since: Jun 29, 2004

My MacBook Pro seems to be crapping out at around 32 tracks (the artificial maximum for Pro Tools LE, I know). Even with very few plugins inserted (we're talking like 5 instances of EQ and 3-4 compressors... that's it.), it is giving me hardware communication errors and "increase buffer size" warnings.

Is this normal behavior for Pro Tools LE? I really wish one of the other great programs out there had developed into the unofficial standard of the industry; this thing sucks :/

- MacBook Pro
2.2Ghz Core 2 Duo
2 Gb Ram

- Digi002

- External Maxtor FW400 hard drive (might be the culprit?)

- Pissed off engineer :(

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Since: Aug 17, 2004

May 11, 2008 06:53 am

I get my way more performance running projects on native HD rather than external. Also, try the usuals such as increasing the buffer size to max.


Master of the Obvious?
Since: Jun 29, 2004

May 11, 2008 09:32 am

Unfortunately, the project is quite gigantic, the internal drive is kinda slow, and 1024 doesn't work so great for tracking :(

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

May 11, 2008 07:40 pm

Even on a Mac you need to make certain there are not any extra goodies running in the background. I'm not a Mac guy at all but I would assume the specs on yours should be good enough to run what you are listing without much trouble. Only thing I can think of is if the Digi is causing some problems that might contribute to it not running smoothly at those track counts as well.

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

May 12, 2008 12:48 pm

With that much going on you either need to bounce the tracks with FX or simply turn off the effects while tracking. I do not really start to add FX until tracking is done (instruments only). I then mix them while applying effects with the buffers cranked. Once I'm ready for Vox I either "lock" the tracks individually or will bounce the drums, guitars, bass to their own mixdown. Lower buffers -> record vox.

my $.02

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