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What is "system-link" in Cubase all about?

Discussion in 'Cubase' started by dabmeister music, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    I was just reading a reply by G-Dub on DP versus Cubase SX. I do run SX on the PC platform but have'nt taken the time to learn or understand what this system-link thing is all about. Could somebody bring me up to speed?
  2. Pez

    Pez Active Member

    check out Cubase.net it should tell you all about it.
  3. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    System-Link was designed to sync, and control a secondary computer also running Cubase5.2/SX by using the digital I/O as the connection.

    Making possible cross-platform Cubase/SX system, in theory. :w:
  4. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    The philosophy behind it is to be able to spread the processing load over multiple computers. For example, you could use your main computer to run your DAW sequencer, and then a second computer to run your VSTi instruments, thus reducing the strain on the main computer's CPU. I have heard that you can also run your plug-ins on one of the linked computers, which is really cool imho!

    The technology as I understand it, uses one bit of the digital signal, so if you are running at 24-bits, one of the bits is used to establish the link, then you would the remaining 23-bits left over for the processing.
  5. dabmeister music

    dabmeister music Active Member

    So in theory, can this also work remotely from anywhere (ie: lan, dsl, & etc.) where there's one of these connections? :)
  6. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    No, it can not work remotely as the sync is done via digital connection only..DSL etc etc etc is not a system link protocol.

    It's not X-Link which is a type of link between certain pieces of gear that recognize this.

    Only SPDIF, AES or Optical can work in this scenario. Also it has to be a 24 bit card.

  7. johan

    johan Guest

    There seems to be an excellent alternative for VSL, called FX Teleport. It's based on LAN- connection.
    Check http://www.fxteleport.com
    It's kicking some dust at the cubase forum and on the forum of http:// as well.
    The developer seems to be working on a sort of Giga-wrapper as well.
    It's definitely on my shortlist.
  8. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Interesting...that's almost like the Midi via Lan product that was out a while ago!

    Good stuff...thanks for posting it here!


    Opus :D

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