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ght4361:
I have a Powermac G4 MDD 1.25 ghz. I know that you need an Audiomedia III card (or Audiomedia II for that matter) to run SDII, but can't it also be used with the Pro Tools DSP cards of that era? The Digidesign archive page mentions that in can be used with Pro Tools III PCI too. I assume that SDII came as a supplementary editor to PT.

In addition, I know that it is not supported officially in OS 9 but there is mention in this thread http://duc.avid.com/showthread.php?t=278606  of a working configuration with an AMIII on a G4. Of course, I don't know what "working" means in this case. You mentioned it cannot record, right?

I don't mind spending some time to configure a system but given the lack of a demo, I'm trying to gather as much info as possible to find out if this would be ideal for my workflow, hence the questions about usability.

This is only a personal project. I don't depend on it to do regular, paying work.

IIO:
AM III works great with PT 4 (DAE) and Cubase VST 4 (ASIO) - and with soundmanager, too - but i am not sure about MacOS9 and G4 processors? i wouldnt dare to try. its system 7 stuff.

ssp3:

--- Quote from: ght4361 on September 06, 2020, 04:04:05 AM ---I have a Powermac G4 MDD 1.25 ghz.
... can't it also be used with the Pro Tools DSP cards of that era? The Digidesign archive page mentions that in can be used with Pro Tools III PCI too.
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Yes, it can, but that's another, even bigger can of worms. Requirement of Rev.QC PCI Matchmaker chips on all cards still apply and, they are scarce.

--- Quote ---In addition, I know that it is not supported officially in OS 9 but there is mention in this thread http://duc.avid.com/showthread.php?t=278606  of a working configuration with an AMIII on a G4. Of course, I don't know what "working" means in this case. You mentioned it cannot record, right?
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DAE/DSI 5.1.1 ... That's interesting. I never used anything past 3.4.2. Next time I power up that particular machine, I'll try the newer ones out. And yes, I could not record (there was no file produced).

--- Quote ---I'm trying to gather as much info as possible to find out if this would be ideal for my workflow...
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Here's the link to manual of Atari version of SDII. All functions are the same as far as I can see.
http://www.atarimania.com/utility-atari-st-sound-tools_s17566.html

ght4361:
I will take a good look at the manual and see if I can get a better overview of the software. Thanks for the input so far. :)

daddyjeff:

--- Quote from: ssp3 on September 05, 2020, 09:25:51 PM ---
--- Quote from: ght4361 on September 05, 2020, 03:44:26 AM ---.. but wouldn't you need dedicated hardware to be able to run it?

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Before answering all your questions, consider this.
1. To make SDII work, you will need Audiomedia III card. Do you have it?
2. To make Audiomedia III card work in post-beige Macs you will need a card with PCI Matchmaker chip Rev.QC or later.
http://duc.avid.com/showpost.php?p=1671180&postcount=2
3. SDII is not officially qualified for OS9. (It does not run correctly (no record) in my Digital Audio G4/9.2.2. The AMIII card itself works fine with other software that I use.)
http://archive.digidesign.com/support/faq/sd2.html

Still wanna go down that route?

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Sound Designer II + 2.8.3 works with hardware digidesign, which has audiomedia III for example digi001 that has this interface.

digi001 has drivers for os8 and os9. Sound Designer II + 2.8.3 works with os7 os8 onwards, it was never tested on os9, but those who have a digi001 for os8 will be able to use it.

http://archive.digidesign.com/download/sndrvr/

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