Power Mac G4 (AGP Graphics) — Digi 001 Requirements

With Pro Tools LE 6.4 for Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther)

The following Power Mac G4 models are compatible, but have not been fully qualified with Digi 001 systems with Pro Tools LE 6.4. These models may be able to provide full track count performance, however, they cannot be guaranteed to do so. Your performance and track count may vary depending on the processor count and speed.

Note – the best performance with Mac OS X and Digi 001 is achieved by using fast dual processor Macs. Slower, single processor Macs will work with Digi 001, but at a reduced track and/or plug-in count.

Dual Processor


Single Processor

Dual 800 MHz Power Mac G4 QS   800 MHz Power Mac G4 QS
Dual 867 MHz Power Mac G4 MDD   867 MHz Power Mac G4 QS
Dual 1 GHz Power Mac G4 QS   933 MHz Power Mac G4 QS
Dual 1 GHz Power Mac G4 MDD   1 GHz Power Mac G4 FW800
Dual 1.25 GHz Power Mac G4 MDD   1.25 GHz Power Mac G4 MDD
Dual 1.25 GHz Power Mac G4 FW800    
Dual 1.42 GHz Power Mac G4 FW800    

QS = "Quicksilver" models from 2001-2001
MDD = "Mirrored Drive Doors" models from 2001
FW800 = FireWire 800 models from 2003

The following computers are unsupported for use with Digi 001 with Mac OS X:

  • Power Mac G5
  • Power Mac G4 (PCI Graphics)
  • Power Mac G3

Digi 001 hardware is not compatible with Power Mac G5 models. Digi 001 owners wishing to use Power Mac G5s can take advantage of Digidesign's Hardware Exchange Program to Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, or Pro Tools|HD systems.

Note: Digi 001 requires a PCI slot. Apple computers that do not contain PCI slots, such as laptops, iMac, eMac, and G4 Cube will not work with the Digi 001.

Additional Information

Additional Requirements & Known Issues

System Software

  • Pro Tools LE 6.4 is officially supported on Mac OS X 10.3.2 and 10.3.4 (Panther)
  • Although there are no known issues with Digi 001, Mac OS X 10.3.5 and higher will only be tested with Pro Tools LE 6.7 and higher, which does not support Digi 001
  • Mac OS X 10.3.3 has not been fully tested with Pro Tools and is not recommended
  • Mac OS X Requirements, Installation, Updating & Authorizing Plug-ins

Pro Tools LE 6.4 for Mac OS X 10.3 is the last version that supports Digi 001 hardware. Pro Tools LE 6.4 is not compatible with Mac OS X v10.4 (Tiger).

Audio Storage Requirements for Record and Playback:

SCSI HBA Card for SCSI Drives (optional)

MIDI Interface — USB Only

Dual Monitor AGP Graphics Cards

  • NVIDIA GeForce4 MX (as shipped from Apple — standard on the 933 MHz & Dual 1 GHz "Quicksilver", 1 GHZ & Dual 867 MHZ "mirrored drive doors" models)
  • ATI Radeon 7500 (as shipped from Apple — standard on the 800 MHz Power Mac G4)
  • ATI Radeon 9000 Pro (as shipped from Apple — standard on the Dual 1 GHz, Dual 1.25 GHz & Dual 1.42 GHz Power Mac G4 "mirrored drive doors" models)

Note: The NVIDIA GeForce4 TI & ATI Radeon 9700 Pro built-to-order optional graphics cards from Apple not tested.

All single or dual monitor cards which ship as standard equipment with qualified Apple Power Mac G4 models at the top of this page are supported with Pro Tools 6.

Maximum Performance Guidelines

  • Recording to the system startup drive is not recommended or supported
  • For desktop models, a separate internal (IDE) or external dedicated FireWire drive is highly recommended for maximum performance and track count

Known Incompatibilities & Issues

  • The Movie Offset feature affects both the QT Movie output to DV and the Onscreen movie
  • If users want to use Japanese fonts in their sessions, they will not be able to use HFS (standard) drives – only HFS+ formatted drives
  • Sometimes when opening a session that was based on a PT 3.2 format session, the following error may occur when Restoring IO paths: Time type mismatch occurred in "Time_Typed.cpp" line 370. A reboot may be necessary if this occurs
  • System instabilities and performance issues can occur when using MIDI control surfaces in conjunction with Pro Tools 6 and 3rd party MIDI interfaces. For best multiport MIDI performance, we recommend using Digidesign's MIDI I/O. (only if additional MIDI ports are required beyond the 16 in/16 out built into the Digi 001)
  • The Digi 001 will not function if any other Digidesign PCI cards are installed in the CPU. (Audiomedia III, TDM cards)
  • Pro Tools LE core systems cannot be combined, and multiple units are not supported. For instance:
    • A Digi 001 and Digi 002 Rack cannot be used together on the same computer
    • 2 Digi 001 units cannot be used on the same computer
    • Digi 002 faders cannot be used with any other system, including the Digi 001
  • Pro Tools 6 does not work in the OS 9 "Classic Mode". You must choose Mac OS X as your Startup Disk.

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Additional Information:

See also: the Pro Tools 6 documents in the Support > Tech Support > Technical Document Library and included with Pro Tools LE 6 upgrade CDs.

Digidesign Compatibility Documents Index