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Last post Wed, Sep 28 2016 by lorenzogiusti, 7 replies.
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Posted on Tue, Sep 20 2016 16:41
by lorenzogiusti
Joined on Mon, May 23 2016, Posts 28

Hello firends and fellow musicians,

I have a question that has been bothering me for awhile.

I am in the process of figuring out the components and parts to build a new master Computer, coupled with 1 or 2 slaves. My question is the following:

Do I need a Ethernet Expansion PCIe Card PER Slave machine? Or can I get a switcher (say a 10Gb/s switcer) that routes everything into 1 PCIe Wired expansion card (10Gb/s of course)?

Because if I am planning to expand to about 9 Slaves (that's the plan), do I need to have a PCIe per slave?

Thank you in advance

Lorenzo

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Posted on Mon, Sep 26 2016 11:21
by Paul
Joined on Sat, Aug 03 2002, Vienna, Posts 11536

Hi Lorenzo,

You will need one ethernet connection on each computer, and if there´s none on your motherboard, you will need an extension card (a GigaBit network is enough). 

Not sure if I understand that question with the switcher...

Best, 
Paul

Paul Kopf
Product Manager - Vienna Symphonic Library
Posted on Tue, Sep 27 2016 14:06
by lorenzogiusti
Joined on Mon, May 23 2016, Posts 28

Hi Paul,

many thanks for your reply.

My question with the Switch has to do with a larger configuration.

Here the scenario:

1 Master Computer, 9 Slave Machines. Do I need a ethernet port for each slave, or can I plug each slave to a Ethernet Switch and then plug the switch into the master machine?
This means that I have 1 ethernet cable running from the master machine to a switch and than 9 ethernet cables running from the switch to the slaves machines.

Bottom line, how does Hanz Zimmer, and other composer that use multiple slaves machines, connects all his slaves to his master?

Thank you

Lorenzo

Finale 2014, Cubase 8.5.20
Windows 10 Pro, i7-6700, 32GB RAM, 2x480GB SSD RAID 0, 1x 120GB SSD, 1x WD 2TB HDD
Komplete 10 Ultimate, Una COrda, India, AlbionONE, Spirtfire Percussions, CineStrings, CineBrass, Tina Guo Cello
Posted on Tue, Sep 27 2016 14:24
by Paul
Joined on Sat, Aug 03 2002, Vienna, Posts 11536

Hello Lorenzo, 

You connect your master computer and all slaves with the switch, one network cable from each computer. 

Best,
Paul

Paul Kopf
Product Manager - Vienna Symphonic Library
Posted on Tue, Sep 27 2016 16:36
by Bill
Joined on Fri, Sep 23 2005, Berkshires. MA USA, Posts 912

I thouhgt people only used 10 slaves back in the days of 32bit computers...

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Posted on Wed, Sep 28 2016 13:18
by lorenzogiusti
Joined on Mon, May 23 2016, Posts 28

Thank you Paul!

Extremely helpful.

Best

Lorenzo

Finale 2014, Cubase 8.5.20
Windows 10 Pro, i7-6700, 32GB RAM, 2x480GB SSD RAID 0, 1x 120GB SSD, 1x WD 2TB HDD
Komplete 10 Ultimate, Una COrda, India, AlbionONE, Spirtfire Percussions, CineStrings, CineBrass, Tina Guo Cello
Posted on Wed, Sep 28 2016 13:25
by lorenzogiusti
Joined on Mon, May 23 2016, Posts 28

I know, right? Apparently not so.

I know plenty of composers that have between 6 and 40 salves machines, both for running bunch of 32bit plug-ins and for hosting the TB of samples, both bought and "home-made".

The most extreme example is Hans Zimmer that stored all the samples he himself goes with the orchestra and records on his own. I read somewhere tha he has about 40 Slaves on his network, but I think that all the composers at Remote Control can access that, so it's a little bit of a shared network, but don't quote me on this.

:)

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Komplete 10 Ultimate, Una COrda, India, AlbionONE, Spirtfire Percussions, CineStrings, CineBrass, Tina Guo Cello
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