When this came out, about a decade ago at the time of writing,
it was revolutionary.
At this point, it's a small, dead end of evolution -
principally due to the developers inability to keep developing it.
With the advent of dual-core, 4-core, 8-core CPUs, and the support in audio hosts for these new developments, the money that was spent on (an extremely expensive) connectivity solution was better spent on new CPUs,
and FX-teleport, to an extent, became redundant.
Despite the developers continued insistence that they WERE working on a version 2, with support for multicore processors etc,
this never eventuated, leaving the frustrated users with a dead-end product that could only utilise a quarter of their slave machine's processing power.
In addition, many host developers, such as cockos (who developed REAPER) came up with their own proprietary solutions that Did support newer technologies, and supported them flawlessly.
In the end, the concept is great - the delivery dated, and now, 100% redundant, due to the developer's lack of delivery on their, decades-old, promises.
Avoid, and buy a better CPU - or a better host - instead.
Reviewed By flametop [read all by] on 10th October 2003 Version reviewed: 1.01 on Windows. Last edited by flametop on 10th October 2003.
Given the relative complexity of networked PCs, this could easily be a nightmare. However, as long as you read the install notes and get the concepts of which machine is 'host' which is 'server' etc clear, it was a total breeze. Everything worked on first attempt!
Good, simple, UIs make setting up hosted plugins and then the monitoring of them easy. The host and server settings mirror eachother instantly (e.g. you can change patch on the host or server). So far all the native plugins I have tried have worked flawlessly. Even complex multi-out VSTis like Cube and D'cota. I have not tried any 'powered' plugins (e.g. UAD or Creamware) but indications from other users on the support forum are that they work fine too.
A little above average, but with some flaws. e.g. All the documentation refers to 'effects' which lead me to belive that VSTis were not supported (they are! :)
I paid and got the auth code within seconds. The demo is fully functional for 14 days.
Well worth the price to get some use from an old PC, or if you plan building an uber-network.
So far no problems at all.
A brilliant concept implemented in a simple to use, cost effective way.
I think the descibcion here is rather poor. What this does is, it loads your vsts on a second PC, so your Main PC is freed from the work and can run much easier and therefore more stable. You copy-install the vsts on your slave PC. Then you have a new folder in your DAW with the outsouced vsts, which you can use as if they were run from your main PC.
Not mentioned here : this is now freeware. So I installed it and well. I doesn't work with all plugins. But those who do work, work fine. It takes some time to get used to it. After that you can go crazy.. Load all the CPU guzzler you want (depending of your slave PC of course). You just want to ignore your electricity bill.