Synchronizing a PC with a MAC

Discussion in 'rec.audio.pro' started by Tobias_Sweden, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. I´m wondering if it´s possible to synch up a PC via midi to a Mac. I´m
    about to buy a new computer and I´m considering buying a G5. It´d be
    nice to be able to run some soft synths on my PC and control them from
    the mac.

    It´s possible to do it between pc´s but across the platforms ?

    Please shed some light.

    all the best


    Tobias
  2. Don Cooper

    Don Cooper Guest

    Tobias_Sweden wrote:
    >
    > I´m wondering if it´s possible to synch up a PC via midi to a Mac. I´m
    > about to buy a new computer and I´m considering buying a G5. It´d be
    > nice to be able to run some soft synths on my PC and control them from
    > the mac.



    Definitely. They can both be connected to your MIDI interface. Set each
    computer's sequencing / recording software to "lead" or "follow", and
    they should play together just fine.


    Don
  3. Mike Rivers

    Mike Rivers Guest

    In article <d16d51e.0308270334.3ecf3685@posting.google.com> tobpub@neuprod.com writes:

    > I´m wondering if it´s possible to synch up a PC via midi to a Mac. I´m
    > about to buy a new computer and I´m considering buying a G5. It´d be
    > nice to be able to run some soft synths on my PC and control them from
    > the mac.


    Sure. MIDI Out to MIDI In, no problem. There will be some timing
    issues you'll have to resolve if you'll be combining the MIDI synths
    with audio recordings, both with the response time of the soft synth
    ("latency") and because of the delay in MIDI processing and data
    transfer.

    You'll next be asking "how bad is this delay?" and the answer is that
    it depends on your computers, the density of your synth parts, your
    software, and how fussy you are about "perfect timing." In other
    words, if you want to do this, unless you're just playing MIDI
    sequences from the Mac, sending them to the PC, listening to them, and
    that's the end of the line, you WILL have to deal with latency. The
    good news is that it's not insurrmountable. No point in telling you
    what to do though before you get set up.




    --
    I'm really Mike Rivers - (mrivers@d-and-d.com)
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