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Best configuration for purley sample playback slave?
Last post Fri, Sep 07 2018 by mbira, 3 replies.
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Posted on Thu, Sep 06 2018 17:45
by mbira
Joined on Thu, Nov 23 2017, Posts 37

Hi folks,

I am looking at buying or building my first slave computer.  This computer will be exclusively for large orchestral sample libraries.  The vast majority will be Kontakt instances, but I'll also have East/West stuff.   I will not be hosting VST synths on the slave.

I am currently running a Mac Pro 5.1 as my primary and I run Cubase.  

I have seen lots of threads on this, but there seems to be a lot of different answers.  Specifically for sample playback, what are the most important things?  Do I want 10Gig Ethernet?  Do I want the fastest CPU or go for more Cores?  I know generally people say faster CPU is more important-but is that still the case with a sample playback slave?  I see some people here using a NAS, and that surprises me because they don't have much RAM.  

I am considering building a system with several smaller (200 gig)  SSDs that are doubled and set to RAID 0 with a the different orchestral sections on each RAID array.  The idea would be that then brass would always stream from one SSD while strings was from another, etc.  

I've been really frustrated that I can't get minimal latency while composing and streaming from VEP6 and I'd really like to get a lot closer to that goal.  

Posted on Thu, Sep 06 2018 20:05
by Bill
Joined on Fri, Sep 23 2005, Berkshires, MA, Posts 939

My opinion:

Gigabit ethernet is sufficient

More cores

Forget RAID; get larger drives

Your computer doesn't care if you're streaming a piccolo or a tuba; segragating by secion has no bearing on performance

NAS is for storage, not hosting sample libraries in VEP

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Posted on Fri, Sep 07 2018 05:58
by mbira
Joined on Thu, Nov 23 2017, Posts 37

My thought is that with multiple drives and the sections split over them then the computer wouldn't be trying to access the same disc for several things at once....I'm not saying I'm correct, but that was my thinking. ..

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