Fwd: Re: [PD] pd setup on G5 + Digi 002

chris clepper cgc at humboldtblvd.com
Sun Nov 27 20:06:37 CET 2005

On 11/27/05, jef chippewa <jef at newmusicnotation.com> wrote:
> (this will be quicker if i just subscribe to the list...)
> we opened up the utility "Console" the following message comes up:
> Error number -9990 occured opening portaudio stream
> Error message: Buffer too small

I have never seen my 002 work in PD no matter what version or
settings. I see the same -9990 error you do.  I don't know if it is a
PortAudio or Pd problem, but no one has ever spent any decent amount
of time on Pd's audio for OSX, so I wouldn't hold out for  a fix soon.

> we have another interface available (M-audio firewire 410, 2 in / 8
> out - we need 4 ins for the piece), had thought of using the 002 in
> and M-audio out, but the only setting in the audio settings that
> gives us sound is when both in and out are set to Mac built-in audio,
> so this doesn't seem like an option either.   what about sending into
> 002 (4 mic inputs) then via optical from the 002 to the M-audio?
> don't know how to get this to work, but would it be an option?

Use the 410 if it works.  Put a mixer or pair of mic pres in front of
the two 1/4" inputs if you need more than the two built in pres.  If
your 002 is the standalone (not rack) version then it should work as a
mixer without being plugged into a computer.

> in digidesign Coreaudio manager, when quitting and restarting we have
> discovered that the buffer settings we chose are not always still
> there!  they are usually a notch lower than we set them at.

That makes sense because Digi's CoreAudio drivers a certainly a notch
or two below anything else in existence.  Having looked at the
assembly for the driver I can say that you would have to hold some
sort of contest to write worse code.

The original poster mentioned that everything worked fine using
Max/MSP.  It might be faster and less painful to move the patches to
Max compared to trying to get Pd working with your gear.

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