I realize that no ASIO card id needed in the second computer, only in the \"host\" where the principal program like for example Cubase SX is installed. Since LAN card are very cheap it means that you can have access to any VST FXs/Instruments installed in the \"server\" machine. If it run well that´s a very good solution especially for VST instrument (memory data, samples, etc...).
I think you\'re talking gigabit networking to make that configuration a reality. That\'s quite a few potential streams.
I don\'t have a hard number of simultaneous streams possible over 100 mbit, but on a project I have going right now, 10 stereo streams was beginning to exert noticeable drag on the system. This is not an apple/apple comparison, since in this instance I was streaming Giga tracks rendered on one machine to a Vegas project running on another. But it\'s probably a reality check. With the added realtime MIDI stream, I\'m not sure how many sampler instances as opposed to effects instances you\'d be getting.
So far, it doesn\'t look like anyone is actually doing what you\'re proposing on that scale.
We\'re running SX2 on two different rigs here plus my rig at home with anywhere from 3-7 computers teleported at a time. TONS of Kontakts (20+ instances), soft synths, plugs, you name it. It works really well. Average project has 30+ VSTi. 40+ streams. Your main machine should be the fastest one, as the host machine does use a bit of cpu for each stream. The others can be whatever. Gigabit ethernet is the only option for pro level results. We\'ve tried firewire & it was the biggest headache ever. Never even think about problems now since the installation of the gigabit network.
The only drawback right now is that all of your samples load with the sequence so a sequence on a big template can take 15 minutes to open. That ends up being OK as I\'ll open my big template in the morning and as I move to a new cue, just save as & then delete and start writing the new cue without having to reload everything. A fix for this is on the way according to Max.
It IS being used on a huge scale and its just great. There\'s no reason NOT to be using FXT!