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Last post Mon, Apr 25 2016 by Cyril Blanc, 2 replies.
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Posted on Sat, Apr 23 2016 21:27
by Ziobello
Joined on Wed, Nov 25 2009, Posts 27

Hello there,

I'd need some help to understandwhat is the best way to set up my Master-Slave system.

I have a MacBook and a MacMini, they both run DP9 and VEPro 5 and have the same content in the sample drives.

Here are the specs:

2011 8,2 MacBook Pro

2.5 GHz Intel Core i7


480GB OWC Mercury Electra 3G SSD OS Drive

960GB HD 5400rpm Sample Drive (in the optical bay)

2012 Mac Mini Server

2.3GHz i7 Quad Core 


480GB OWC Mercury Extreme 6G SSD OS Drive

960GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD Sample Drive

My template has currently around 100 divided into 2 VEPro MAS instances - one with woodwinds/brass/strings/synths and the other one with percussions. Until some months ago I was using the MacBook as a Master and the MacMini as a slave with the bigger instance on it, while keeping the VEPro instance with the percussion running on the Master - streaming from the sample drive - but after working fine for a few months it started to get jittery all of the sudden.

So right now I'm running everything on the MacMini and it works more or less fine, but I was wondering if it would make sense to use other options based on the gear that I have. Particularly considering that my MacBook doesn't have a SSD sample drive.


Posted on Mon, Apr 25 2016 15:02
by Cyril Blanc
Joined on Thu, Dec 19 2002, Paris France, Posts 2664

There is not much interest to put your OS on a SSD, it is better to use your SSD for your library

MacPro 2010 12 core 2.93 ghz 64 GB Mac OS X 10.11 2722 Rocket Raid Sata III card with 8 x ssd
VSL lib on a Raid 0 of 4 x 256 GB ssd Sata III - Raid 0 of 4 x 64 GB for other libs
System on a 1 TB ssd
Audio Motu PCI system 84 ins / 64 outs
Kbd : P80 Yamaha, S88 and S25 Komplete Kontrol, DX7
I-Controls Pro, 2xMidi expression pedals
Synth : many....
Macbook pro Retina 2.7 ghz 16 GB
Mac Mini server 10.10 (server, Itunes, WEB, and Backup )
Logic X , Dorico, Band In A Box, ORB Composer
VSL : MIR PRO, Appassionata Strings I, Solo strings , Wind and Brass Complete, Dimension Brass, Big Band Orchestra series
Kontakt, Omnisphere, QLSO, QLSC, CS 80, Arturia V5, Maximo, Realivox Blue. CS 80 V3, The Orchestra 2, Art Conductor 5, Genesis Children Choir, Lunaris, Lacrimosa

Final Cut pro
Camera full HD
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