[LAD] jackd, harddisks and live performance

Jörn Nettingsmeier nettings at folkwang-hochschule.de
Tue Nov 30 14:47:50 UTC 2010

On 11/30/2010 02:57 PM, Paul Davis wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 4:59 AM, David Griffiths <dave at pawfal.org> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I don't know if this is a known issue or something fixed in recent
>> kernels, but I recently found a fix for a problem I was having with my
>> harddisk spinning down in live performances, and then loading samples
>> from disk:
>> http://www.pawfal.org/dave/blog/2010/11/jackd-performances-and-harddisks/
> lets not forget the other issue with hard drives: massively reduced
> performance caused by exposure to excessively loud audio. this is well
> documented. if you play live (or even in a studio) make sure that the
> disk drive(s) are well isolated from extremely loud sounds. the
> read/write failure rate goes up dramatically and the effective
> streaming rate of the driver suffers. it can be enough to just put the
> disk into a drawer.

fwiw, the manufacturer of the grandMA range of lighting desks used to
(and probably still does) recommend that backups (to the internal hd)
not be attempted during periods of high sound pressure level. :)

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