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Pro ToolS® 9 Ignite! by Andrew Hagerman

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Boosting Performance with Disk Allocation

When starting out with Pro Tools, many beginners record to their sole system drives. Although this will work for relatively simple sessions, you may eventually find that a single hard drive—especially if it’s your system drive—just doesn’t cut it. Here are a few things that can place added stress on a hard drive:

  • High Audio track count. More Audio tracks require more streams of communication to and from your hard drive.

  • High-resolution audio. Higher-quality audio requires a greater bit rate and more of a hard drive’s limited bandwidth.

  • Edit density. The term edit density refers to the frequency with which your session needs to retrieve new audio from your hard drive during playback. Each time you create ...

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