[PD] file access audio glitches

Phil Stone pkstone at ucdavis.edu
Sun Oct 14 02:52:04 CEST 2007

Max Neupert wrote:
> Am 13.10.2007 um 20:06 schrieb Phil Stone:
>> Phil Stone wrote:
>>> Does anybody know if ram disks are possible on OS X?
>> To answer my own question about OS X ram disks (GIYF), yes it seem to be
>> possible (though not especially well documented).  Since most of my
>> files are pretty small, this might help.
> a ram disk is quite trivial to do with the disk utility.
> the question is if it really helps.
> there was an discussion on this not so long ago:
> http://lists.puredata.info/pipermail/pd-list/2007-07/052503.html
> m.

Thanks for pointing that thread out -- I missed it.  I'm experimenting 
with a ram disk right now, and my preliminary finding is that it works 
great for me.  I'm loading small files (sssad presets and [tunetof] 
tunings), and have enough ram to make it worthwhile.  It has the 
advantage over disk caching that one doesn't have to do the first load 
(the one that goes to hard drive) ahead of time.

I bulk-copied all the files I need to the ram disk; I can access them 
live with no audio dropouts, so far.


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