I work at a post production studio and my main intent for this plugin was to take the place of a phone patch when directors are monitoring sessions remotely. I’m using the SE version with Nuendo 6.5 and I’m using it in two studios on both Mac and PC.
The initial tests went great using the Mac doing minimal record/playback functions with back and forth communication over VST connect, even did a couple of sessions and they went well. I was at the point of doing some fine tweaking of settings because we were getting some internet dropouts with VST connect. Adjusting the upload stream settings, adjusting the remote delay settings, adjusting the buffer settings. Then I read in one of the posts to turn off ASIO guard because having it on could lead to dropouts, and that’s when I started having all sorts of trouble. Dropouts with VST Connect communication and CPU dropout errors during recording-which killed the take. Then, I tried removing the VST Connect plugin and Nuendo quit unexpectedly. So, it didn’t like having ASIO guard turned off! I think the Mac setup will be more stable now but I may have to constantly be tweaking the streaming settings I’m afraid.
With the PC, we were getting playback and record dropouts on the record track, but it wasn’t due to the CPU dropout errors like on the Mac. We tried increasing the Hardware buffer settings to 2048, but still were getting them. Also were getting dropouts with VST Connect communication. These errors were related to my VST Connect record template in some way, because when I quit out of the template and opened up my usual record template everything worked fine.
Btw, I love the fact that Steinberg is including this with Nuendo 6, because it means I don’t have to spend money on another similar application or service, and it opens the door to a lot more possibilities. The fact that the performer or talent doesn’t have to purchase any additional software to be able to do a session is pretty huge and I may be able to slowly replace my ISDN boxes… Maybe, eventually… Any insight as to how to make these systems more stable would be awesome.
Mac Pro early 2008
2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processors
19 GB RAM
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256 MB Graphics card
Apogee Symphony System 64bit PCIe
Nuendo 6.5.3 at 64bit
HP Compaq 6000 Pro Small Form Factor
Windows 7 Enterprise
Pentium® Dual-Core CPU E6700@3.2 GHZ
7 GB RAM
Nuendo 6.5.3 at 32bit
Steinberg MR816csx connected via firewire