Old 08-22-2006, 10:42 AM   #1
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Not really a Feature Request but maybe more like a product idea request:

Since Reaper is a very capable VST(i) host in its own right, how about designing a better (open) version of Steinberg’s VST System link. Call it Rea-Link. It’ll allow for distributed processing across networked computers. One machine runs Reaper with all the VST(i) and the other runs Reaper, say with a project file of multiple tracks. To stretch the cpu processing power, the remote machine could take the mixing load. Seems like Rearoute has already set the stage for this type of communication between apps. Maybe if it could be expanded a bit to be able to send midi control messages across an Ethernet connection (to synchronize transports) and to control the VST parameters?

This type of power would really set Reaper apart from most of the other DAWs. I think Logic has some version of this capability too. Yes, the market has started to see this type of thing already: Steinberg’s System Link, FXTeleport (http://www.fx-max.com/fxt/product.html), Muse Research Receptor with Uniwire (http://www.museresearch.com/press_re..._shipping.php), etc.

I think this team could build a better mousetrap. It could also be another enticing feature that would cause others to give it a try. More and more people have extra computers lying around which could be put to good use. The key would be to keep the hardware requirements on the remote machine very simple: basically a bare system with an Ethernet connection (Giga)…
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Old 08-22-2006, 01:17 PM   #2
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Have you tried FXteleport, it does it pretty well. The latency of LAN will allways be a bit high though. So with the new quad cores comming up, i´ll defenately go for that instead.
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Old 08-22-2006, 04:15 PM   #3
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Yes, I've tried it and yes, it does work well, which proves that the concept is one that can be achieved with good results. However, what I don't really like about FX Teleport is the limited user interface that runs on the remote machine and the fact that there is no real way to control anything via the remote machine as far as the main project goes. I think a tighter integrated solution that is all about Reaper and its features (delay compensation, control of playback from either machine, etc.) could set it apart.
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