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  • VSL Special Edition - separate hard drive

    Hey folks, I just received my VSL Special Edition DVD collection. I hadn't caught earlier that it 'requires' a separate 'fast' hard drive. Could I get away with keeping them on my laptop? I'm still new at all this. I'm running Pro Tools now, and may use Sibelius/Kontakt player extensively with VSL if that works. If not, what constitutes a 'fast' hard drive? Can it be a USB-connected drive? Regards, Kevin

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    @wordupdowndog said:

    Hey folks, I just received my VSL Special Edition DVD collection. I hadn't caught earlier that it 'requires' a separate 'fast' hard drive. Could I get away with keeping them on my laptop? I'm still new at all this. I'm running Pro Tools now, and may use Sibelius/Kontakt player extensively with VSL if that works. If not, what constitutes a 'fast' hard drive? Can it be a USB-connected drive? Regards, Kevin

    Fast drive is :  Sata II or Sata III or a Raid of disk or SSD


    MacBook Pro M3 MAX 128 GB 8TB - 2 x 48" - 1 x 27" screen --- Logic Pro --- Mir Pro 3D Dolby Atmos --- Most of the VI libs, a few Synch... libs --- Quite a few Kontakt libs --- CS80 fanatic --- Studio equipped in Dolby Atmos 7.1.2
  • Hi Kevin, 

    you can also use a drive connected with FW400/800. Make sure that the drive has 7200 rpm and a fast access time, for optimum performance.

    USB 2 is the slowest protocol, but it can work for small arrangements.

    Best,

    Paul 


    Paul Kopf Product Manager VSL
  • I'm interested in this as well. My laptop has a 7200RPM drive. Will that work for -small- arrangements if I'm travelling.

    IOW: there isn't a -requirement- to have a 2nd HD, right? VSL will 'work', right? It's just that the performance will be severely reduced if you try to stream from the same drive as your DAW.

    Please confirm?

    ---JC


  • You can get an external drive that's portable. DOn't know if you're Windows or Mac, but I just bought this external drive for my wife's Macbook Air. It's portable, runs at 7200 rpm and has a variety of connections to choose from.

    [url]http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/EliteALmini/eSATA_FW800_FW400_USB[/url]


  • Can you use VSL SE on a machine with -one- HD, so long as it's 7200RPM? (I understand the performance issues). I just wanna know for doing sketches on my laptop if I bring my dongle with me... or if this is a strict requirement.

    TIA,

    ---JC


  • Hello JC, 

    Yes, it possible to work with the internal system HD, and it should work for small sketches (unfortunately "small" is a relative term). 

    Best, 

    Paul


    Paul Kopf Product Manager VSL
  • Hi Kevin a few years ago I ran SE and a bunch of other stuff on a dualcore Dell laptop, with a USB drive, the SE always worked fine, it's low maintenance as with everything else I've ever bought from VSL. A laptop/single drive or FW/USB secondary drive is not ideal, but you can get away with it for sure if you aren't creating full compositions with x-billion tracks. I can say that from experience:)

    Shawn


  • USB could be ok for a quartet [;)] if they dont play too faaaaaaaaaaaast [H]


    MacBook Pro M3 MAX 128 GB 8TB - 2 x 48" - 1 x 27" screen --- Logic Pro --- Mir Pro 3D Dolby Atmos --- Most of the VI libs, a few Synch... libs --- Quite a few Kontakt libs --- CS80 fanatic --- Studio equipped in Dolby Atmos 7.1.2