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Last post Sat, Jun 27 2020 by Paul, 2 replies.
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Posted on Sat, Jun 27 2020 04:16
by Brento
Joined on Mon, Jun 22 2020, Vancouver BC Canada, Posts 1

Hi everyone,

I recently purchased a Mac Mini with a regular 1 gigabyte per second ethernet port.  I was told by someone that I should have purchased one with the 10 gigabyte per second ethernet port if I was to be using Vienna Ensemble Pro 7.  And that I'll run into issues.

Firstly, is this accurate?

Second, if so, I am a bit confused with what I'd need to do to make sure I am making use of the 10gbe without bottlenecks.  Does this mean that:

a) I should purchase a thunderbolt 3 to 10gbe for my mac mini?  Like this? https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07K7SMF89/

b) My PC that I plan on using also only has a 1 gigabyte per second ethernet port.  Should I also be buying another adapter to get 10gbe for my PC?  Like this? https://www.amazon.ca/10Gtek-X540-T2-Converged-Network-Adapter/dp/B06XH4HV96/

c) Since I have these two computers with 10gbe ports, won't I need to network them somehow? And to do that, I guess I'd be needing a 10gbe switch?  Like this? https://www.amazon.ca/Ethernet-Unmanaged-2x10-Gig-Multi-Gig-Protection/dp/B076642YPN/

A little confused, and a tad wary about spending this money if I don't have to.  But I am prepared to spend it if needed.

I am confused because I am totally new to VEP7 and have never used it before and don't know what to expect.  My PC isn't finished yet, so I cannot test... I am still waiting on the processor.  But in the meantime, I'd like to know if to solve the above issue should I purchase more stuff below to solve the three issues above?

My hope was to be making the PC I am building be the main muscle of my orchestrations and also run some virtual synths.  I'd have Kontakt, East West, and some u-he stuff loaded on it.  Tell me if I am wrong in thinking I would need 10gbe or if I am good with 1.  I really dunno.

Posted on Sat, Jun 27 2020 04:55
by Paul
Joined on Sat, Aug 03 2002, Vienna, Posts 12496

Welcome Brento, 

You will be fine with a GigBit ethernet connection. More than enough bandwidth. 

Here's the math: 

One sample of audio is 4 bytes in size. So if the samplerate is 44100, for a single channel of audio, 44100*4 bytes is the size for one second of audio. 32 audio channels would thus mean 32*44100*4 = 5644800 bytes per second. So for 32 active audio outputs, VE Pro only needs up to 5-6 MB/s.


Paul Kopf
Product Manager - Vienna Symphonic Library
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