Hi Gary, I wasn't neccessarily trying to sell you on my idea & set up, just posing yet another option..food for thought. But you don't have to record those VSTi's on a 2nd machine to audio tracks on the other until you want to. The midi is recorded onto the 1st machine, and can be edited later. As I mentioned, with my set up, it's basically the same method as using any other ordinary outboard midi instrument/device ... keyboard, sound module etc. Same type of generalalities associated with midi outboard gear apply...though there are more possibilites with using a 2nd computer loaded with VSTi's than with a midi keyboard or sound module.
There are of course many ways to skin a cat. VST System Link as far as I can tell would suit you, and me, probably just as well. Just a different way of doing the same things. In my set up I have to at minimum have a template on the 2nd machine for using my typical VSTi's...ok if doing a series of songs on an album where you want every song to have the same sounds. But would have to save a single song project on each machine if they're drastically different.
With Ststem Link it's common to have to save the project on each computer...but...even with one computer you often start with a template & tweak as needed, save as...etc.
One of the dufferences between System Link & my set up is I don't rely on 'Linking' at all, and everything on computer #1 is what J would normally have on a single computer...familiar factor for me. This is a learning step for me...starting kff with what I'm familiar with...then experimenting more & more.
Not wanting to spend too much for Vienna Esemble Pro, a great ethernet solution by the way, I'm going to experiment with FXTeleport, being I'm on Win XP pro 32 bit etc. And, want to explore VST System Link too, as I already have multiple audio cards at my disposal. Used $800 Aardvark Q10's go for $50 to $100 these days on ebay. Good I use Win XP still.
I guess my point is to read up and explore your several options...after nearly a year, I'm not done exploring & experimenting. In the back of my mind, I'm leaning toward an ethernet solution for all it has to offer...but then it better have as good ir surpass the latencies that I'm currently getting now, or I'm back to my midi/audio method vs System Link. As I said, I've got some learning & experimentation with all three methods to do.
Just shootin' the sheeite here