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MacMini as slave computer
Last post Sun, Feb 05 2012 by Ege, 3 replies.
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Posted on Thu, Feb 02 2012 18:25
by j.gruberstitzer
Joined on Mon, Jan 29 2007, Montreal, Posts 25


I've been using a MacPro 8 cores and MacPro 4 cores as slave machines at my workstations. For portability, I'm curious about what the latest MacMini can handle in terms of 64bit VEP projects.

Is there anyone who is using the MacMini 2.7 GHz dual core Intel Core i7 with 16 GB of memory?

I like to work with a VEP 64bit metaframe loaded onto a slave machine with typically about 5 projects loaded in that contain various combinations of Omnisphere, ViPro, Trilian etc. I also sometimes concurrently run a 32 bit VEP with about 3 projects with soft synths.


Posted on Thu, Feb 02 2012 23:08
by Dietz
Joined on Tue, Aug 06 2002, Vienna / Europe, Posts 7797

We had a similar discussion here just recently - maybe it is helpful:

-> http://community.vsl.co.at/forums/t/31121.aspx


/Dietz - Vienna Symphonic Library
Posted on Sun, Feb 05 2012 19:13
by Ege
Joined on Sat, Jan 22 2005, Washington, DC, Posts 105

I am using the MacMini w/16 GB (memory obtained from third party provider OWC) as a slave using VE Pro and have had no problems so far.  (There are problems with Logic and VE Pro, but the new release, 10068, of VEP is supposed to address these.)  In theory, it seems to be an ideal solution, as it's relatively inexpensive, I can use Screen Share on my iMac that has the DAW - so no new monitor required, and it seems faster than my 2.8 GHz iMac.  I have the latest model Mini running Lion.  If your needs expand, you just buy another one, and possibly additional licenses from VSL.  It is also very quiet and small.  There is a study on the web somewhere that compare processor speed vs. number of cores, and number of cores wins over faster processors (up to a point).

That said, I am not using the MINI with a large template of instruments, so others may give you a better idea of the mini's utility.  You can also search the forum "logicprohelp" (one word), search "MMS",  there is a long discussion of the mini there.


IMac, 2.9 GHz Intel 4 Core i5, 32 GB, OSX 10.10.1
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