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30-Day: 255; 7-Day: 244; Yesterday: 244
AudioGridder is a network bridge for Audio and MIDI, that allows you to offload the DSP processing of audio plugins to remote computers running OS X or Windows. This can come in handy when mixing complex projects or running CPU intensive instruments for instance. AudioGridder comes with a plugin and a server and supports VST2, VST3 and AudioUnit plugin formats. Plugins can be hosted and accessed across the network: simply run the AudioGridder server on a remote machine and connect your DAW using the AudioGridder plugin. This allows you to add remote insert chains or instruments into your DAW's signal paths. The DSP code of the loaded remote plugins will be executed on the remote machine and the remote plugin UI's will be streamed over the wire. With AudioGridder you get an experience very close to hosting the plugins directly in your DAW but not using your local CPU.
Just trying this on a single Mac (MacBook Pro max) and it seems to work well except for weird cursor behavior. When I move the cursor over the audiogridder plugin in Logic, it jumps to the window showing the instrument outside of Logic (which must be the audiogridder server) rather than letting me deal with the instrument in the audiogridder plugin in Logic.
I have the various permissions/access set in Settings/Privacy etc. Must be some other basic thing I haven't done right?
Audiogridder is the best addition to a DAW which you never knew you would need. But if you got it, you ask yourself why this isn't available in DAWs natively yet.
I'm using it with Ableton Live and it made my Computer so much more powerful.
Review is based on 1.2b6, although also 1.1 has most features, but is not as good to use on a local computer.
- sandboxing plugins (if plugin crashes, DAW does not crash).
- offloading work to other CPU cores (if you have a 4+ multi core processor), and this really works. I can load more plugins than ever before, especially on the master bus.
- offloading work to other computers.
- plugin chains within a single instance.
- open source.
- it's free.
- introduced latency is still quite high (it's by design because of the roundtrip time/renderning overhead), but I maybe this could be imrproved in future versions maybe a bit.
- no commercial product available (that means you have to hope the developer has an interest in supporting the product for a longer time and keep it compatible with previous versions).
- uses free JUCE framework with added overlays when loading (minor negative point).
All in all the pros outweigh the contras, but still it is unclear how long it will be supported. I encourage people to donate to the developer, even small amounts, to keep him working. Since this is the best thing that happened to multi-core CPUs/heavy DAW processing since a lot of years.Read Review
Great application, very stable the last version. Definately i will support it on future releases.Read Review