I’ve ordered the uTrack24 and will probably get it next monday. So I haven’t had the opportunity to try it out yet
I will use it ONLY for playback purpuase (backingtracks) in live shows and I’m looking for the fastest and most reliable usb drive.
I will have about 200 songs with 24 tracks and midi file associated for every song (for program changes and light show control).
Are USB 3.0 drives compatible? Which is a reliable read speed to avoid any problems? Is 130 MB/s speed enough or do I need fastest 240 MB/s?
And I know this is a dummy question:
I will use analog outputs for now (in the future probably I will use a digital madi output card) connected to a Soundcraft SI Expression 1 console that works at internally sample rate of 48 kHz. Do I need to export all the tracks to 48 kHz (24 bit) and set the uTrack24 to work at that sample rate or can I use 44.1 kHz equally?
Yes USB 3.0 is compatible. Data speeds of USB 2.0 are already more than enough for reliable reading and writing. You should be OK with any of the newer USB 3.0 drives.
As long as you are using analog outputs the sampling rate does not really matter. But if you plan to use the MADI card for output, it is best to have all the songs at the 48kHz for your Soundcraft console.
The good thing is that you can choose the sample rate of 48kHz in uTool for each song. uTool will export 48kHz song to the drive, without changing the source files.