I'm about to build a new home rig and there's an issue; I want to get a new Mac Pro but it's a PCI-Express-only interface. There just aren't any PCI-Express sound cards out there that I feel confident buying yet (I think I found only one while looking around.) I will be needing to hook a Giga PC up to the Mac. I thought about going the FireWire route but I'm not sure about latency issues between the two systems. Is there a more effective way to hook the two computers together if I'm using Digital Performer? I know that Steinberg has its "VST System Link" but I don't see any way to do this sort of thing with DP.
Is anyone running a dual-system setup (Mac as the sequencer-host and PC as the Giga machine) that is using a Firewire setup or an alternative method of routing the MIDI and audio, like over a network connection or something? Any input would be fantastic, thanks!
Excellent; this looks perfect. My only further question would be, would I be better off piping the audio back from the PC to the Mac via the Mac's built-in optical inputs, or purchasing a firewire interface for that (in a lot of cases I like to dump the Giga audio back into the main DAW for further processing/tweaking.) I'm worried that using the onboard core audio of the Mac would be taxing on system performance versus getting an external interface.