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    _8_Midi ports over a PC network

    Hey guys,

    I just found a post at the Yahoo Giga forum which pointed out a new product from a Russian company which has been doing midi plugins for Sonar and Cubase. They\'re called MusicLab and they\'re home page is here:
    http://www.musiclab.com/

    They have a programme called the MIDI Replicator Driver.

    Sounds like they started out designing it to get around the Windows \'Sorry that midi device is in use\' problem by applying a multiclient approach to windows midi devices, but then they expanded it to include sending midi over TCP/IP networks.

    The programme appears to allow up to 8 midi ports to operate over your network simultaneously.

    Thats 8x16 = 128 midi channels

    I know there have been a few \'midi over net\' type programmes, but they\'ve been limited in features.

    I\'m also wondering what the jitter would be on a network based midi transmission setup. Would it be worse than sending things across two good hardware midi interfaces, like my Unitor IIs?

    Is there a problem with time stamping midi packets over a network??

    Any chance of Tascam R&D taking a look at how effective this programme is compared to using a couple of good quality hardware midi interfaces? There\'s no point in using it if it makes latency sloppy.

    If it works well, it could be an inexpensive solution.

    I\'ve seen a lot of people complain about the cost of adding GSIF audio cards and Multiport hardware midi interfaces in order to run Giga on a separate PC.

    Maybe this could solve one of those quibbles.

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    Re: _8_Midi ports over a PC network

    This is interesting. It works in a normal LAN configuration? Anyway, I am gonna download a demo and test it. Could save me a MIDI interface

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    Re: _8_Midi ports over a PC network

    Simon,
    When you get to look at the licensing agreements, check out whether this can be loaded on multiple machines on my network for $29, or do I have to buy multiple copies?

    Thanks,
    Mark

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size=\"1\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Simon Ravn:
    This is interesting. It works in a normal LAN configuration? Anyway, I am gonna download a demo and test it. Could save me a MIDI interface <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


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    Re: _8_Midi ports over a PC network

    According to Musiclab, you only need buy a single copy for multiple PCs

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    Re: _8_Midi ports over a PC network

    Can any of you comment on the latency of this setup? Would it function decent enough to transmit 4 ports of midi data to another giga workstation, in place of hardware midi? It would save me some money on my 2nd giga system not having to buy a 2nd 4x4 midi interface.

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    Re: _8_Midi ports over a PC network

    I haven\'t tested it, but MusicLab are going to do an A/B shortly.

    In the meantime try here: http://www.planetz.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=4840&forum=10&13

    There\'s also some discussion about it at the Yahoo Gig forum, but I can\'t get on atm.

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