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PC users with Windows XP have to change an option in regard to the processor scheduling in order to work with low latency ASIO drivers without trouble.
Posted by Rick Shao on 16 November 2015 06:41 AM

Despite the large storage capacities of todays hard disks, it is necessary to preposition the needed disk space especially for large high resolution multitrack recordings.

The formula you can find below can help with this as well as with answering the question whether the hard disk(s) in use is/are theoretically capable of handling these transfer rates at all.

((((Track count * Bit resolution * Sample rate in Hz)/8)/1024)/1024) = MB/s

If the maximum storage capacity might be exceeded by a large-scale recording, one should opt for a bigger hard disk in the first place. It can always happen that certain unforeseeable events require more disk space. Please also note that the storage capacity is usually not equal the space you can use effectively. Hard disk manufacturers usually take 1000 Bytes as 1 Kilobyte which it isn't. 1 Kilobyte is 1024 Bytes. In real life, a 150 GB hard disk has approximately only 140 GB of storage capacity!

Source: Steinberg © 2006 Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

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