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Another Slave Computer Question - Mac Minis
Last post Fri, Oct 31 2014 by adriaantaylor, 4 replies.
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Posted on Tue, Sep 16 2014 18:34
by twistiejoe
Joined on Mon, Nov 04 2013, Posts 28

Hi everyone,

I'm looking at getting/making a slave computer to run VE Pro. While I'm considering a PC, my life long use of macs makes me a bit PC-phobic, but I'm looking in to that. But I am considering mac minis. The problem with Mac Minis is the fairly limited 16BG of RAM.

My question is:

Which would be better for running VE Pro on a slave machine:

ONE Mac Mini with TWO SSDs and 16BG of RAM


TWO Mac Minis with one SSD each, 16GB of RAM x2 and therefore totalling 32GB of ram, 16 allocated to each computer, or two insances of VE Pro. 

Would the latter be better? Are there any problems running TWO slave machines in VE Pro?
I'd really appreciate your expertise so that I get the right thing. I would consider buying just one Mac Pro with one SSD for now, then I could get another one later when I need it.

Thanks so much!


Main Machine: iMac 2.8Ghz, 16GB RAM, OSX 10.8.5
Slave Machine: MacPro 2,1. 2x 2.66 Quad-Core Intel Xeon, 32GB RAM OSX 10.6.8, samples streamed via SAMSUNG 1TB EVO (on SATA I though).
DAW: LogicX
Posted on Tue, Sep 16 2014 21:32
by civilization 3
Joined on Sat, May 16 2009, SF Bay Area, Posts 1749

GIven that choice I would go with 2; I believe distributing to cores is more optimal through the second instance/a second machine, and chances are good you're going to need that RAM.

MacBook Pro 16,1: 2.3 GHz 8-core i9
64GB 2667MHz DDR4
OSX 10.15.6
VE Pro 7, Cubase Pro 11.0.10
Posted on Wed, Sep 17 2014 02:11
by Cyril Blanc
Joined on Thu, Dec 19 2002, Paris France, Posts 2678

If you think of using MIR with solution two you will need to buy one license of MIR per computer

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Posted on Fri, Oct 31 2014 01:39
by adriaantaylor
Joined on Tue, Sep 30 2014, Boston MA US, Posts 57

Question.. Re mac mini's Im looking at the mac mini server 2011 model it seems to take more ram and has a quadcore. What in order does vepro with many play instances going to use up first. which order of importance?

 RAM, HD speed, CPU cores   

Also is it better or beneficial to for example put 18 play plugins in one instance or split them out 9 in 2 instances.  I am so far been limiting them to 9 plugins with 9 instruments because of the track limits inside of play 1-18 audio outs. Also was thinking that having smaller instances might be easier to move them aroudn server wise to load balance... Thoughts?

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