At this year’s NAMM a few details on Version 3 of the VSL Vienna Ensemble emerged carefully. Clearly though is the fact that this new version is in it’s final development stage.
The following is waht VSL is saying about it in their own words:
“The first all in one MIDI and audio LAN solution that works universally on Macs and PCs. Exclusively for Vienna Instruments.
VE3 sports a network function that makes connecting computers a breeze. Run your sequencer on your main computer, launch VE on the slave computer and simply connect them using an ethernet cable. With the sequencer on your main computer and VE with Vienna Instruments plug-ins on your slave computer you can easily route back the audio streams of a whole arsenal of computers to your main machine and mix where your effect plugins are installed.
The VI plugins dont strain your main computer’s CPU at all, the computing (including GUI rendering) and streaming from hard disk is done on the slave computer.
Of course VE3 includes all features of the original free version eg power panning. Use this CPU friendly feature to position your instruments in your personal orchestral templates and make use of the flexible routing system VE provides for you.
– No audio interfaces, no midi interfaces on your additional computers (slaves) all you need is Ethernet with a Gigabit connection.
– No third party software to send audio and midi data between computers.
– No hassle with audio hardware and drivers, especially on 64-bit systems.
– Launch as many VE instances on the slave computer as you need (depending on the slave’s RAM) each with 16 midi tracks to instantiate your VI plugins
– Route back a maximum of 16 ste3reo tracks per VE instance
– Works on XP and Vista (32 and 64bit systems) MacIntel and PPC OSX 10.4 and 10.5
– Tested with Cubase, Digital Performer, Logic, ProTools and Sonar.”
More details on availability or pricing haven’t been released yet.