I am about to purchase two DAWs. Actually build them. I will be using SONAR 4 in one machine and Vegas in the other. I want to to separate my sampler machine which will run SONAR, EWQLSO Gold, Coloosus, RA, etc from the video machine so as not to overload the CPU. Question: How can I sync these two up? Consider I will run Vegas or SoundForge for the video. The idea is to hit play in SONAR or Vegas and both cmputers lock and roll in sync. Is this possible? If it is, what soundcards must I use?
It's possible, but I don't know that it will work as nicely as one would hope. I've done the same on a single machine with Vegas 5 and Sonar 3 using MIDI time code. You could accomplish the same on two computers by using a MIDI cable between them, or MIDIoverLAN..
The results that I got weren't promising. There was a long delay before the second app would start up. Things weren't reliable. Maybe on two machines it would be different.
I've had more luck rendering stuff from Vegas, then loading it into Sonar. To keep things light, use your second PC to host the sampler. You could also render the Vegas video, then start an audio project in Vegas, and record your tracks into it. Bruce Richardson recently did 100% of the music and audio for a feature-length film that way with well over 100 tracks.
well, my idea was two machines to free up CPU....but I guess I can load maybe three gigs of RAM on one machine, and if I run Quicktime in SONAR, that would not take up too much CPU I think...I always wanted two PCs too do this, but I guess with a good AMD or Intel (fast) and ots of RAM, then I am better off on one PC...
Using QT, you can create a reference version for scoring that your system can handle - smaller size, lower # of colours etc - based on your full AVI file etc. This ref can stream from disk and not impact memory or performance.
QT will stream. But, since you made a smaller reference version for scoring off your main AVI file, it wont overtax your processing for other things. If you try opening and running a 3G AVI file in your sequencer, you will die...