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Dante vs. VEPro
Last post Tue, Nov 24 2020 by dragsquares, 1 replies.
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Posted on Tue, Nov 24 2020 06:26
by dragsquares
Joined on Sat, Aug 13 2005, Los Angeles, Posts 71
Hello folks -

Doing some research into new interfaces. Lots of my favorite candidates now use Ethernet to connect to the host - Focusrite Red stuff via Dante, Avid Carbon via AVB - and I’m wondering if VEPro can coexist with Dante on a PoE switch network. (Carbon doesn’t work with a switch, so barring use of a Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet cable, it gets its own port.)

I realize that the Mac I use has two Ethernet ports, and that I could also use the Thunderbolt connection or the Avid HDX connection on the Focusrite, but I’m trying to figure out what’s possible. At the moment I’m enjoying the utility of having the second Ethernet port handling the wired internet network. I suppose the Ethernet adapter for TB could handle that as well.

I’ve heard some folks say that there is a latency improvement when using Dante with a Rednet card and network MIDI to control VEPro in standalone mode. Wondering if anyone here has experienced this. I know that you lose faster than real-time bouncing and recall, but most times these things are possible to live without.

One reason the Focusrite stuff is on the table is that it can function as a ProTools IO but also as a native DAW IO - in my case predominantly Cubase - and I wouldn’t be paying for DSP in the Carbon that I couldn’t use unless I was running ProTools. The UA is a little less, and maybe doesn’t sound as good, but lots of DSP is available - though their plugin ecosystem is fairly expensive, and many of their plugs are not suited for a real-time sequencing environment.

So I’m chewing on these points and wondering if others here have tried any of these things.
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