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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…

Logic In Depth

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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 utilises 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 like many professional composers, use a second machine as a means of outsourcing video playback, rather than overload 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 principal 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.

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The new issue of MusicTech Magazine is on sale Thursday 16th February and this issue we reveal the studio gear and production trends for 2017. Also this issue we have part 2 of our studio to release guide detailing the process your music needs to undertake to get in the charts. We review Orchestral Tools Metropolis Ark 2, plus new gear from Nord, Rob Papen, Spitfire Audio and more, we’ve also got tutorials covering Roland mimicking in Modular, how to use two Macs with Logic and continue the lazy guide to Live. Plus a huge DVD featuring 1.1GB of samples…