I Am a Mac User, Do I Really Need a PC Slave?

I wonder what Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, would make of this title'¦ But for musicians using large power guzzling sample libraries this is a very valid question. Jay Asher investigates.  

For me, the answer was 'yes'

Jay is a Los Angeles-based composer, songwriter, arranger and orchestrator, conductor, keyboardist, as well as vocalist. As a composer, he is best known for scoring the New World Television series Zorro. Among the films and TV movies he has arranged, orchestrated and/or conducted are Paramount Pictures' Blame It On Rio Read More


Great article.
Jacob Weile
Hi! First of all what a great article :)

I'm a composer from Denmark and i'm in the middle of the proccess of making my slave/master VEP setup. I would say i'm 80% done. I currently have a macbook running as master and I have several pc's (some of the are old) running slaves. I most recently bought a OCZ vertex 4 256gb SSD and want to install that on my "main" slave pc. My question is then, should I make the SSD the primary or secondary drive?


Jay Asher
I would not use it as my system drive but as the drive to run my most demanding libraries.
Jacob Weile
Hi Jay,

Thankyou for answering :) I have now installed my SSD as a secondary drive on my slave PC.

I still got a problem though.

I'm experiencing blips i the sound when playing, and I can't quite figure the reason to why it does that. In PLAY on the slave PC the CPU usage never goes over 10-15% and there is plenty of GB unused RAM. Similar with my master, CPU usage is nothing near critical, but I still get those annoying clips in the audio when playing and during playback.

I am aware that it could be a problem caused by insufficient power, but when monitoring my systems, it doesn't seem to be that kind of problem. My specs are as following:

Macbook 13" primo 2008
2,4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
500 GB Hard disk
Fireface 400 External sound card

Windows 7 Ultimate
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU 3.16 3.17 GHz
16 GB DDR3 RAM Corsair Dominator
256 GB SSD Vertex 4 OCZ
500 GB Seagate HDD

I use Cubase 6.5 as sequencer. I have a Gbit switch with cat 6 patch cables and it connects through VEP perfectly fine.

Is there something I'm doing wrong, some settings I have missed or do you think it's time for an upgrade?

That was a long one, but I'm getting more and more frustrated about this and have been searching all over the net and on various fora for a solution, but nothing seems to work.

Really hope you can help me out.

Thank you,


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