Connecting two macs via midi

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by BigRed1, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. BigRed1 macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2011
    I'm looking to sync two macs for music production. My main computer is a 2009 Mac mini running Yosemite and Logic Pro 9. That is connected to a FireWire apogee ensemble. I also have a G4 PowerBook that I run both Tiger with Cubase SX 1 and os 9 with Cubase VST 5 on. I use a motu fastlane connected to an old synth workstation and I also have a line 6 usb keyboard.

    I really love some of the virtual synths on os9 and tiger and I'd love to be able to slave that PowerBook from the miniand use the synths as essentially external sound modules. Any ideas on the cheapest and easiest ways to do this?

    My thoughts were to buy a cheap usb-midi converter to run from the mini into the fastlane which would be connected to the PowerBook. Then just run audio out from the PowerBook into the apogee. Will this work, or am I just asking for sync/timing disasters? I'd appreciate any help or advice.
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Yes it could work. The trick is just not to tell your Mc Mini that the old G4 Powerbook is not a real keyboard synth. Remember to connect the "in" on each computer to the "out" on the other. The G4 will think the Mini is an external midi keyboard.

    With more modern computers you can do MIDI over the network and skip the two MIDI DIM cables.

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