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macbook pro as master computer for slave mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac OS' started by 872320300, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. 872320300

    872320300 New Member

    I have a macbook pro, and was wondering if using that as a master computer to control the mini as a slave via vienna ensemble pro would improve processing to a noticeable extent.

    The mac mini is a late 2012 2.3 GHz Intel Quad Core Core i7 with 16 gb of ram, a 480 gb ssd, and a 1tb sshd. The macbook pro is a late 2011 duo core i7 with 4gb of ram, and a basic 5200 rpm hard drive.

    Given these specs, would the macbook pro be able to control the mac mini via vienna ensemble pro and significantly make processing more efficient for virtual instruments? The virtual instruments I have are Cinesamples stuff and Omnisphere.

    Seeing that the slave computer is the one holding the instruments and the master (macbook) would be the one simply modifying midi data in the daw, will it not be a problem if the master's specs are relatively basic (only 4gb ram, basic hd, etc)?
  3. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Senior member

    You can add up 16GB RAM to the MacBook, takes about 20 minutes to add RAM, and a larger hard drive.

  4. 872320300

    872320300 New Member

    That's not what I was asking. I want to know if I even need more than 4gb of ram in the macbook if I want to use it to control a more powerful computer that already has 16gb in it.
  5. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Senior member

    You could, for optimal performance you need more.

    Especially if you are running in 64 bit.
    The main function of running in 64 bit is to access more than 4 GB.

  6. bayswater

    bayswater Senior member

    If all you're going to do on the Macbook Pro is send MIDI to the Mini, and run the transport, 4G is plenty. But you have to wonder if its' not just as easy, or even easier to just run everything on the Mini and not bother with Vienna Pro

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