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Using Two Macs with Logic Pro X

Can two Macs make your Logic Pro X system twice as powerful? Mark Cousins explores the benefits of a two-computer music setup…

Technique Logic In Depth

If you’re lucky enough to own two Macs – maybe a desktop computer for the studio and a laptop for working out and about – have you ever considered the possibility of creating a music production system that utilizes both machines? Although the computing power of most Macs is usually sufficient to handle a range of production activities, there’s still a lot to be said for a system that incorporates two or more computers. You could, for example, use a second ‘slave’ machine for streaming heavy-duty sample libraries, or as like many professional composers, use a second machine as a means of outsourcing video playback, rather than laden the main workstation with gigabytes of video files.

In this workshop, therefore, we are going to take a look at the means of creating a two-Mac Logic workstation and the principle way of sending MIDI and Timecode between the two machines using just a standard Ethernet network cable. While it is possible to also send audio over a network connection (see the boxout for more information), we’ll concentrate on MIDI, as this is both reliable and of the most practical benefit.

Two’s company

Although it’s easy enough to boot Logic Pro X up on two computers, what you need is a means of moving musical data between the two systems. Traditionally, this often meant using a MIDI cable connected via a MIDI interface on both computers. Once connected, you could choose to route MIDI data from one computer to another with one as a master machine and sequencer while the other is used as an external sound generator. Another way is to use MTC (MIDI Timecode) to synchronize the two machines so that pressing play on one workstation would activate the other.

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