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Chapter 14.  Working in Sync  >  VST System Link

VST System Link

It seems that we never have enough power in one computer to do all that we want to do. Well, Steinberg understands this and developed a protocol called VST System Link, which connects two or more computers together using a digital audio connection as the link between these two computers. After your computers are hooked up together, the VST System Link, makes it possible to run two or more VST System Link compatible host applications in perfect digital audio sync with each other. It does this without any network cards, hubs, or other type of connection.

After the computers are linked, you can activate the system link and use VSTi in one computer and control them using a keyboard hooked up to the second computer. You can also have audio tracks in two different projects on two different computers playing in complete sync. This means that you can split the tracks of your song into two projects, processing some tracks here, other tracks there, sharing the workload between two computers even if the computers are not in the same room as you are. If you don’t want to split up your audio tracks, you can still run all your effects on one computer and monitor the result in the other. Using this system, you could run Cubase with Nuendo or V-Stack, or on a Mac and a PC, for example. V-Stack is a System Link host, but without the Cubase or Nuendo tracks. In other words, you can load VSTi, but you can’t record any events in it. You can visit Steinberg’s Web site for more information.


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