Ok, I just wanted to wrap this up, in case there’s anyone else thinking about doing this. Got it all figured out and working perfectly now. I’m completely thrilled to be able to use my old TC Electronic plugs again. VSS3 and NonLin 2 reverbs, MD3, Brickwall Limiter, etc…these are seriously great plugs that I paid quite a bit for back in the day.
Don’t let anyone tell you differently (like somebody told me): Vienna Ensemble Pro 5 works perfectly with Windows XP, Service Pack 3 on a nearly 13-year old PC. It’s just that VSL no longer officially supports Windows XP (can’t blame them). Connected to my new Macbook Pro running Cubase Pro 8.5, the program runs the two machines together flawlessly.
Before I started, I directed VEP5, on the slave machine, to scan one folder inside the Steinberg VST folder, the one with the TC Electronic plugs. This was because the program choked and froze when I first had it scan the entire VST folder…guess it didn’t like some of the older plugins. I’d suggest you scan a folder at a time to know where any problem plugins might reside.
Ok, so I needed to process my two-buss mix, but I can see that the process would be similar for processing an individual track, as well. I started by opening VEP5 on the slave machine and created an input channel to go along with the Mix Buss, which is there by default. Then I opened an existing Cubase project on the new Mac and created a VEP5 VST instrument track, assigned to the slave machine. Next, I created a group track and routed all audio tracks, FX tracks -everything- to that. Then, I dragged all the effects I had inserted on the original output channel to the new group channel. The last insert on that group channel was a VEP5 Audio Insert assigned to the slave machine. That sends the two-buss mix over ethernet to the slave machine, running through the channel there, with the plugs inserted, and then sends the audio back into the VEP5 VST instrument track, whose output is the main Cubase audio output channel.
I wasted a lot of time because someone had told me I needed to have Cubase open on the slave machine (Cubase 4 on my old PC)…not true at all. Anyway, I hope this helps someone who might be in the same boat. I don’t plan to use VEP5 for more than this right now, but…well, you never know, might come in handy for something else in the future!