Friday, January 27, 2006

MIDI over ethernet

Earlier this month, I was sitting in a secondary school music technology class and heard MIDI was described as the dinosaur of music technology. Which in actual fact it is, but who doesn't love still it? For people who has moved on to loops (which was what that class was supposed to be about), maybe its not used as much, but should not be disregarded.

After the class the teacher told me when we were having the conversation that he loved his VSTs and wouldn't know what to do without them.

Instead of looking at full bodied products like the muse receptor or the tc powercores, which only if you had like lots of spare cash can afford and of course stability meant a lot, other methods of distributed processing seems out of reach.

For those who dont know that MIDI over ethernet already exists, it does.
I think this is a great evolution for MIDI to really make effective use over a bus which everyone has and doesn't use very often.

I should actually start a "take pity on your USB" campaign given the way most people abuse their USB bus as I know I do.

So how is this different from a VST system link? The answer is simple, you dont need one. And what do you know, but it now comes free in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger even. Check it out

FX teleport is really a step up into the distributed sound production on windows only though. It does one step more and gives your processed sound back to your host computer. win already, but its not free and requires you to have more than 1 windows machine. Who wants more than one windows machine?

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