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Is it possible to connect a FireStudio Project (10x10 24-bit, 96 kHz FireWire Recording System) to a Macbook Air?

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asked Aug 8, 2016 in FireStudio Series by samuelbennett (120 points)
I have a Macbook Air (OS X, Version 10.9.5; Processor is 1.3 GHz Intel Core i5; Mac HD Startup Disk). Is it possible to connect the latter to a FireStudio Project 10x10 24-bit, 96 kHz FireWire Recording System? Regardless of whether it is recommended or not, is it even possible (assuming I have the right cables)?

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answered Aug 22, 2016 by AlexTinsley (924,650 points)
You could but we do not recommend it. That CPU is just far too slow for recording realtime audio.

The MacBook Air falls into the same category as a Windows Netbook and is not a system we can heartily recommend for use with any of our products really. Or anyone's audio products for that matter. MacBook Air is great as a note taking system for corporate executives and students.

You will want a CPU that can have sustained higher CPU speeds. The CPU on the Air will cycle down to preserve cooling efficiency. This could happen when you're in the middle of recording audio, and the audio will crackle, sputter or stop recording.

Customers having issues with this configuration may find better performance by moving to a different mobile Apple system, such as the MacBook Pro, designed for handling multi-channel audio and video processing. Even older versions of MacBook (non-Air) and MacBook Pro running Core 2 Duo processors (last made in mid-2011) would offer better performance.