Multiple DAW software on same drive?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by djmukilteo, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Rainy Roads WA USA
    I am planning on installing Sonar LE on my primary C: drive which already has Cubase 4 installed and running on my PC XP Pro. C: is 500Gb and has plenty of free space (350Gb). I have all my audio wav data going onto a 250Gb D: drive (200Gb free). Everything in Cubase currently works solid, no glitches.
    I would have to switch ASIO drivers between the two and I think I will also have to switch the XP sound card settings in Control Panel as well? Not sure about this? Also I believe I can copy my VST .dll files from the Steinberg folder so Sonar will see them correctly.
    Anyone out there doing this...(JackAttack I think maybe you mentioned doing this)? :roll:
    Do you see any issues with this? good idea...bad idea...anything I should be careful with?
    I'm not trying to run both at the same time this would be a one or the other type thing....
  2. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    You should be fine.

    If you point both apps to the same plug-ins folder you won't even need to copy the dll files.
  3. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Rainy Roads WA USA
    Thanks IIRs...I was pretty sure it would be fine, but wanted to be sure I wasn't gonna cause trouble... and I was going to just "point" to the Steinberg VST folder so that was good to confirm!
  4. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Yeah: I point Tracktion and Reaper to the same plug-ins folder, and used to do the same with Cubase when I used it. Never been a problem. (I use a separate folder for plug-ins for Soundforge, buts thats just for convienience: there's only a small handful of plugs I ever want to use inside an editor, and its easier to copy those plugs to a new folder than to tell soundforge to ignore all the rest.)

    ASIO drivers should be fine so long as you don't run both apps together... though I was actually under the impression that Sonar didn't use ASIO? Am I wrong?
  5. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Rainy Roads WA USA
    I'm going to run two separate FW setups.
    I only have one FW port on the computer (motherboard)
    1.) RME FF800 with Cubase 4 (current setup)....
    2.) A&H ZED16R board with it's included Sonar LE.
    I believe the ZED has it's own ASIO drivers.

    My thinking is to change FW cables, reset the drivers and sound card settings in XP, then run these separately...that's the plan anyway until I figure out if there's a workable combo setup using both...

    The combo setup could be ADAT out from the ZED into RME for 16 additional channels thru the RME or analog mix bus out from ZED into RME as a straight converter at higher sample rates into Cubase...
  6. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Home Page:
    If you plan on using the FF800 as the audio capture interface, you don't need to use the R16's FireWire connection for anything other than routing control. For recording, run the R16 ADAT outs into the FF800 ADAT ins for 16 channels of direct outputs. For mixdown, run 16 channels via ADAT out of the FF800 into the R16 and the stereo mix into a pair of line inputs on the FF800. It's a quirk of the R16 that the stereo mix is available digitally on its FireWire but not available via ADAT.

    As a PS, I don't know how much R.M.E. paid RO to have a link inserted to their site every time their initials appear, but it's a visual pain, and evidently doesn't always survive the quoting process correctly.
  7. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Rainy Roads WA USA
    I guess they're paying something for that...I've noticed that too and they are advertising

    Thanks for the configuration ideas...
  8. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Just to clarify, Sonar uses WDM drivers primarily but has recently added ASIO support. Not sure exactly which version added the support but it wasn't that long ago. Mayber version 5 or 6? Yes, I'm guessing.

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