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General Slave Computer Questions
Last post Tue, Oct 20 2015 by civilization 3, 2 replies.
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Posted on Mon, Oct 19 2015 16:40
Joined on Mon, Oct 21 2013, Posts 30

The hard drive on my mac mini (quad core i7, 16gb ram) is filling up, so I'm going to have to get an external hard drive for samples somewhere down the road, if not pretty soon.  But I also still have a macbook from late 2011 (duo core i7, 4gb ram), and am wondering whether to just put the next drive I get in there, and use it as a slave (I'd probably have to upgrade ram too if I went that route). One potential disadvantage I'd see in doing that is that it has less virtual cores, which I thought might be a bottleneck, and made me think I should stick with keeping everything on the more powerful more recent mac mini.  


Also, do slave computers work better if their OS is on an SSD, or is it okay for the slave computer's samples to be on an external ssd with a regular speed hard drive for the OS, since I'm only using them for playing the samples?


At what point do you know whether getting a slave would definitely be beneficial to what you're doing? I could probably see myself doing that at some point down the road, but I don't want to sink money into doing that when it turns out everything I'm using can still be done on one computer.


Thanks in advance

Posted on Tue, Oct 20 2015 03:50
by civilization 3
Joined on Sat, May 16 2009, SF Bay Area, Posts 1942

Well... I bought a quad core for a malster computer with my 8-core machine as slave. It wasn't worth the money, I ended up selling the quad and returned to working with one machine. And the difference is quite negligible. This means that my use of Cubase is pretty negIigible as to a burden on the CPU. I would find 4 cores very limiting for the whole shebang though.  I don't know why an SSD for the OS on a slave whose only job is connecting to the DAW host and dealing with samples is meaningful either. 

MacBookPro 18,3
Apple M1 Pro: 2.3 GHz 8-core i9

Mac OS 12.3.1
VE Pro 7.1298, Nuendo 11.0.41
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