[LAD] jackd, harddisks and live performance

David Griffiths dave at pawfal.org
Tue Nov 30 14:57:16 UTC 2010

On Tue, 2010-11-30 at 08:57 -0500, 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.

I'd not noticed this. It makes sense though. I was once cheerfully told
about very loud bassy sounds causing disk heads to hit platters when I
was just about to start doing visuals at a squat party with an outsized
sound system playing dubstep. That was amusing.



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