VCV rack on multiple computers - sync/clock'ed to DAW for start/stop - options ?

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alec.tron
KVRer
19 posts since 10 Sep, 2017

Post Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:32 pm

Heya,
due to maxing out my mediocre desktop regularly, I am looking for alternatives to run VCV Rack additionally as well occasionally.
Now I do have some spare laptops & midi/audio interfaces I could use & cascade... and I would at least like to have a start/stop sync tied to 1 master clock/daw - as is, and after initial experiements (as I am only starting out learning [Euro/VCV] rack) - it seems most promising to have a DAW on each laptop, and wait for Andrew to release the VST/AUD bridge, and use this to sync multiple instances across multiple computers.
Can anyone think of other ways to do this ?
The downside with the above is that Live only allows for 2 Installations at a time (and potentially even only 1 being actively used... would need to check the license fine print), and for the above, I would need a DAW for each laptop.

But looks like reliable start/stop sync, let alone bar-sync (in sequence/sub-sequence/loops), is a general difficulty due to midi's shortcommings and only half-hearted conventions in the audio world/devices...
https://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewt ... 9190b61af7
https://www.e-rm.de/multiclock

In case anyone has better ideas how to achieve this, especially cheaper ones than the multiclock or chaining 3 x single Live licenses, would be great if you could share your thoughts.

Cheers.
c.

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nilhartman
KVRist
406 posts since 15 Feb, 2012 from France

Re: VCV rack on multiple computers - sync/clock'ed to DAW for start/stop - options ?

Post Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:55 am

Isn’t Ableton’s Link supposed to do exactly what you need? Never tested it myself though.
I believe there’s a Rack module for that.

alec.tron
KVRer
19 posts since 10 Sep, 2017

Re: VCV rack on multiple computers - sync/clock'ed to DAW for start/stop - options ?

Post Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:15 pm

Yep, general clock timings I was able to sync via Link... but there's no start/stop/reset in Stellare's VCV Link module as far as I was able to see/make work...
Hence the attempt to find other ways to do this (as the old-school way of
Desktop-DAW midi out->laptop midi in-> VCV -> laptop audio out -> desktop audio in-> Desktop DAW audio channel
roundtrip is reliable & do-able, but not the best route latency wise...
c.

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