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    sending MIDI to multiple computers?

    Anyone have any suggestions on sending MIDI information from my DAW to my three Gigastudio computers? All my computers have RME HDSP9652's in them.

    I'm looking at two options.

    1. Purchase a multi-port MIDI interface for my DAW.

    2. Go with MIDIOverLan.

    Which MIDI interface should I get if I went that route? Would I want one with 4 or 8 MIDI outputs (the RME cards have 2 I/0 each). And finally, how does one tell a computer in such a setup which computer to send the MIDI information?

    As with MIDIOverLan, I have a few similar questions. How do I tell the software which MIDI data goes where? And more importantly, how do I get one ethernet cable to three different computers? Do I need a Hub or something?

    Thanks for the help!

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    Re: sending MIDI to multiple computers?

    Hi,

    I'm currently finishing my P1639 driver, which is a virtual midi-driver
    which is based on the IEEE P1639 midi over ethernet standard.
    This driver will be freeware if not distributed in commercial context.
    The author of the P1639 standard has already implemented a driver
    for Linux and Mac... so if you can hold on for a couple (2-3) more
    weeks, you will get a solution which is free of charge...

    Tobias

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    Re: sending MIDI to multiple computers?

    Yes, you will need a switch or hub if you go the Ethernet route.

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    Re: sending MIDI to multiple computers?

    Thanks for the heads up on the freeware, Tobias. I'll definately be looking for that in 2 weeks.

    As for hubs, I'm seeing a few models on the market but have no idea what I should be looking for. So, what are some models you recommend? I'd prefer something quiet and dependable with atleast 5 ports.

    Thanks!

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    Re: sending MIDI to multiple computers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Musica142
    As for hubs, I'm seeing a few models on the market but have no idea what I should be looking for. So, what are some models you recommend? I'd prefer something quiet and dependable with atleast 5 ports.
    It really shouldn't matter what you buy - I guess all 4, 5 or 8 port
    10/100 Mbit switches should be good enough today - and I have
    not seen a small switch like this which needed any cooling-fans...

    Tobias

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    Re: sending MIDI to multiple computers?

    Tobias,

    Interesting! Any limitations regarding number of ports or other things with this solution?

    /Mattias

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    Re: sending MIDI to multiple computers?

    No real limits - the P1639 standard limits the number of
    devices. But this limit is so high, that noone will be able
    to reach it... You can have multiple in & outs on every
    computer. You could even send from one out-port to
    multiple in-ports on multiple computers (as a broadcast
    mechanism is used).

    Tobias

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    Re: sending MIDI to multiple computers?

    Tobias

    Are you working on a Windows version?

    Larry

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    Re: sending MIDI to multiple computers?

    Yes - my software runs on W2K and XP. Implementations
    for Linux and OS X already exist from the author of the spec,
    Phil Kerr...

    Tobias

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    Re: sending MIDI to multiple computers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Musica142
    Thanks for the heads up on the freeware, Tobias. I'll definately be looking for that in 2 weeks.

    As for hubs, I'm seeing a few models on the market but have no idea what I should be looking for. So, what are some models you recommend? I'd prefer something quiet and dependable with atleast 5 ports.

    Thanks!
    Get a switch, not a hub. Switches are "smart" devices that cut down on network traffic. This is important when you are using the network to pass lots of midi data.

    -- Martin
    http://www.starbirthmusic.com

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