Maximum Performance Guidelines for Digi 002 Systems on Windows XP
The Digi 002 will work best with faster PC computers equipped with at least 256 MB of RAM (more RAM is required when using sample rates of 88.2 KHz or 96 KHz, or when using a DAE buffer setting larger than the default).
Faster CPUs result in more tracks, more plug-ins, and a more responsive Graphical User Interface (GUI) -- snappy meters, screen redrawing, etc. In addition, the fastest computers allow Pro Tools to run with smaller hardware buffers for the lowest audio I/O latency. Note that the lowest hardware buffer settings may not be usable on some computers that otherwise meet all requirements.
The Digi 002 is compatible with many different types of PC laptop/notebook & desktop computers. However, in general, desktop computers are faster than laptop/notebook computers, so the best performance will be found with desktop computers.
The Digi 002 and Pro Tools LE require one or more supported disk drives for recording and playing audio. ATA/EIDE, SCSI, and 1394 disk drives are compatible with the Digi 002. Best performance will be achieved with 7200 RPM (or faster) speed drives. In some cases, you may need to split audio tracks across more than one disk drive (especially when using 88.2 KHz or 96 KHz sessions with many tracks and dense edits). Also, when using 1394 drives with the 002, some computer configurations may require a separate/dedicated 1394 interface for 1394-based disk drives in order to achieve maximum performance.
Supported CPU Models & Requirements
The following CPUs are required for best performance with the Digi 002:
The following CPUs are compatible with the Digi 002, but may not provide the best performance:
The following CPUs have not been fully tested and therefore are not recommended for the Digi 002, as they may not provide the best performance:
The following chipsets are recommended for best performance with Intel P4 processors:
The following chipsets are recommended for best performance with AMD Athlon and AthlonXP processors:
Note: The VIA KT333A and KT400A chipsets were not tested with the Digi 002.
The following chipsets will work with Athlon and AthlonXP processors, but may not provide the best performance:
Total System RAM
Additional RAM is required for:
SCSI Host Adapter
Apple QuickTime v6.0 recommended
Anti-Virus software such as PC-cillin and Norton Anti-Virus typically cause problems with real-time software like Pro Tools LE. It's best to disable & possibly remove anti-virus software from your system before running Pro Tools LE. If you are using drives that meet the Hard Drive Minimum Requirements and you are experiencing "disk too slow" errors, this may be the cause.
Some Network Interface Controllers (NICs) cause problems for real-time software like Pro Tools LE. If you are experiencing DAE errors while running Pro Tools LE, try disabling all network devices via the Device Manager in the Windows "System" control panel.
Be sure to disable the "hibernate" feature in the Windows "Power Options" control panel.
Video Display Settings
If you are experiencing DAE errors while clicking on GUI elements (such as dragging windows, resizing windows, maximizing windows, etc.) try adjusting the "Hardware Acceleration" setting in the Windows "Display" control panel. This setting is located in the "Advanced" section of the "Settings" tab. Some systems work best with "full acceleration," while others work best with acceleration set to "none."
Another possible work-around for systems experiencing video-related compatibility problems is to run in 256-color mode.
It is best to disable screen savers while running Pro Tools LE.
PCI-to-DRAM Pre-fetch BIOS Setting
Some PC compatibility problems with certain 1394 controller cards may be resolved by disabling the "PCI-to-DRAM Pre-fetch" setting in your computer's BIOS.
Running some applications ("processes") at the same time as Pro Tools LE may cause DAE errors. To avoid such performance problems, be sure to close/terminate all unnecessary applications/processes prior to running Pro Tools LE. Uninstall unnecessary applications from your computer, or use "End Process" in the Windows Task Manager.
Other Known Incompatibilities
Building Your Own Computer
Digidesign recognizes that some customers will want to build their own computer for use with Pro Tools. To help increase the potential for success, we are providing the above known system requirements.
However customers should be very aware of the following:
Digidesign can not provide full customer support as to the potential loss of performance for such systems. If a loss in performance is encountered Digidesign will assist customers by verifying the components of the system, to look for incompatibilities. If it is determined that the problem is inherent to a system component, a substitution to a different component may be necessary. Digidesign can not guarantee that all performance issues on these computers will be solved; however incorporating components from this compatibility document can help customers avoid problems.
Systems adhering to this specification are in no way certified by Digidesign to provide full Pro Tools functionality or track performance. While they may be able to operate perfectly well and provide full track count performance, they cannot be guaranteed to do so.
It is impossible for this list to comprehensively cover all possible options. We are providing details of known requirements and known failures based on our experience to date.
Need Additional Advice on a Computer Purchase?
Be sure to check out the Pro Tools LE Windows section of the Digidesign User Conference for computer recommendations from other Digi 002 Pro Tools LE users.
Disclaimer: Digidesign can not verify that the information in this forum will provide full functionality or performance. Please refer to these Compatibility Documents for Digidesign's official system requirements.