Power Mac G4 — Digi 002 Rack Requirements

With Pro Tools LE 6.9.2 for Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)

Note: The best performance with Mac OS X and Digi 002 Rack is achieved by using fast dual processor Macs. Slower single processor Macs will work with Digi 002 Rack, but at a reduced track and/or plug-in count.

Supported Power Mac G4 Computers:

Dual G4 Processor Models

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

Single G4 Processor Models

933 MHz Power Mac G4 QS
1 GHz Power Mac G4 FW800
1.25 GHz Power Mac G4 MDD

QS = "Quicksilver" models from 2001-2002
MDD = "Mirrored Drive Doors" models from 2002
FW800 = FireWire 800 models from 2003

Not Tested or Recommended:

  • Single 867 MHz Power Mac G4 and lower
  • Dual 800 MHz Power Mac G4 and lower


Additional Requirements

System Software

Pro Tools 6.9.2 or higher is required for the Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger" operating system. Earlier versions of Pro Tools will not work on Mac OS 10.4.

iLok Authorized Plug-Ins

Although not required with Pro Tools installation, an iLok USB Hardware Key may be required for installation of some plug-ins and optional software applications.

Control Surfaces & MIDI Interfaces

Dual Monitor AGP Graphics Cards

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.

Hard Drives — Audio Storage Requirements

Although limited recording and playback of audio tracks may be possible using the internal startup drive, a separate dedicated audio hard drive is highly recommended for maximum performance and track count.

Audio Storage Requirements for Record and Playback:

Firewire Hard Drives

SCSI HBA Card for SCSI Drives (optional)

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
  • When using FireWire storage with Digi 002 systems, connect the Digi 002 Rack and the drives to separate FireWire ports if possible
  • If only one port is available, connect the drives to the CPU using a 1 meter firewire cable, then connect the Digi 002 Rack to the drives

Pro Tools Does Not Support Sleep Mode

In the Macintosh System Preferences, launch Energy Saver, click the Sleep tab, and disable all Sleep features. Set "Put the computer to sleep when it is inactive" to Never. Do not manually put your computer to sleep when running Pro Tools.

FireWire Drives and Power Mac G4 "FW800" Models

The following problem exists with the Digi 002 & Digi 002 Rack and the 2003 Power Mac G4 "FW800" models with FireWire 800 ports:

  • Recording with the Digi 002 or 002 Rack to a FireWire drive connected to any of the 3 built-in Firewire ports on these computers can result in -6085 errors.
  • On these computers, Digidesign recommends using a dedicated internal ATA/IDE drive for recording.
  • The use of a Third Party FireWire PCI card is necessary with FW800 machines with Digi 002 or 002 Rack if the user wishes to either record to or boot from an external FireWire drive. If using FireWire drives with Digi 002 or 002 Rack & the 2003 Power Mac G4 FW800 models, a FireWire PCI adapter card must be used.
  • This problem only occurs on the 2003 Power Mac G4 FW800 desktop models. All other supported computers can use FireWire drives connected to the built-in FireWire ports.

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.
  • The Digi 002 Rack will not function if any Digidesign PCI cards are installed in the CPU. (Digi 001, Audiomedia III, TDM cards, SampleCell)
  • Pro Tools LE core systems cannot be combined, and multiple units are not supported. For instance:
    • A Digi 002 and Digi 002 Rack cannot be used together on the same computer
    • 2 Digi 002 Rack units cannot be used on the same computer
    • Digi 002 faders cannot be used with any other system, including 002 Rack.
  • Pro Tools 6 does not work in the OS 9 "Classic Mode". You must choose Mac OS X as your Startup Disk.

Additional Information

Digidesign Compatibility Documents Index