Yet, I have another question I've been meaning to ask. I've been looking at this financially and logically. I have two computers, both with M-Audio cards, and both have the same motherboards as well. They are last generation models...being nforce2 Athlon XP's. The motherboards also have 10/100mbps LAN. I use programs like Sonar 3 PE, QLSO Gold, and Gigastudio. Here's the big question,
Should I go MIDI, or LAN?
I've heard from a professional standpoint, it is better just to use MIDI and a 4x4 or 8x8 MIDI rack. Sure it's more wires, but less room for error. But, I've seen upgraded models of my same motherboard that come with gigabit lan. They are $90 a piece. If I sold both of my existing ones together, I'd end up only having to pay for one of the boards. Problem is, I'm *upgrading* to an outdated generation of technology. I'm paying money barely advancing at all. I've used FXTeleport on 10/100, and I was either doing something wrong, or it just wasn't fast enough. I had to crank my buffer to 4000ms because I was getting dropouts during mixdown, and it barely worked even then!
I could snag an 8x8 MIDI rackmount for around $250. Presumably the M-Audio one with USB connection. I could run all the programs I said through MIDI right? I plan to have at least 4 computers in the coming future. Wouldn't a LAN setup cause problems down the road?
What is your take on this? Need help.