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  • Mike
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    Joined: Jun 20th, 2011
    External SSD for Sound Libraries
    I have been using Mainstage 2 on a new MacBook Pro with 8 gigs of Ram for about one year now only for live performance. I have Omnisphere and Ivory 2 libraries on my MacBook hard drive. I just bought Viena Instruments (strings only) and was about to load the 60 GB library on my hard drive, when I noticed the instructions say I should use an external drive. I found a Lacie 240 GB SSD with Thunderbolt connection which will hold all three libraries and have 100 GB for future libraries. Why should I put my libraries on an external drive? Will this free up some Ram because I have a problem with too many big patches in one concert - sometimes exceeds my 8 Gigs of Ram? I run two keyboards, so I usually have anywhere from 2 to 6 "sounds" from different libraries making up one patch (piano layered with synth on bottom keyboard, top keyboard may be split with another synth and an organ for example). My biggest problem is with Ivory 2 piano patches. They must be huge. Sometimes I have to scale the Ivory 2 level down, which effects the sound quality, but allows them to fit in my Ram. Thanks, Mike
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  • GaryHiebner
    Posts: 1434
    Joined: May 6th, 2007
    Re: External SSD for Sound Libraries
    It is good to keep your sample libraries on a separate drive this takes the strain off your primary system drive. By splitting up the sample libraries from your system drive, you allow your system to focus on the important tasks of running the applications, and then your read/write speeds will be better when Mainstage (or your other audio applications as well) is accessing the samples off an external drive.
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  • Mike
    Posts: 26
    Joined: Jun 20th, 2011
    Re: External SSD for Sound Libraries
    Thanks Gary. Is speed of the external drive important? Should I go to a SSD with Thunderbolt connection or would a standard drive with USB-2 connect work OK? Also, is there any way to keep Mainstage from trying to load all patches in a concert into RAM? I would like to have some concerts with 10-15 patches, but I seem limited to about 5 patches. Any more than 5 and my CPU and memory lights go red and I get severe latency problems. Then I have to either remove a patch or reduce the size (quality) of some sounds within patches. I have 8 gigs of memory in my MacBook Pro and I have nothing loaded on this computer other than what is needed for live performance. Thanks again. Mike
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