Posted May 2, 2010 by Stephan Earl in Tips and Tutorials

FX Teleport – Controlling Plugins from a Network Slave Computer

Controlling Your VST Plugins from a Networked Laptop
What I learned very quickly while designing my computer based home studio is that I quickly ran out of computer RAM and processing power.  Today’s plugins are resource intensive and sounds can often take hundreds of megabytes and even gigabytes of RAM.  In today’s world of multi-core computers and 64 bit operating systems it’s now possible to have one powerful computer with eight cores or more and more than four gigs of RAM.  However, if you purchase a new computer, you can keep your older system or Laptop and use it as a slave to run some additional VST plugins.

One software that  does this very well is FX Teleport by FX-Max.    I’ve been using FX Teleport for three years now and have to say it is the one software that I never have to worry about because it is rock solid!!  It works on Windows XP, Vista 32 bit and Vista 64 bit (I haven’t upgraded to Windows 7 yet).

How Does it Work?
Here’s a quote from there website that says it all.

It’s all very easy. On the host machine, where the sequencer is running, there’s a VST wrapper. You will see a new VST folder named “FX Teleport” with all the familiar plug-ins, but with (LAN) extensions. You can use those FX in the usual way you work with VST plug-ins. When such an effect is used, the VST wrapper launches and searches for FX Teleport server applications on the network, and on finding those starts the chosen effect on the remote machine. Next the VST wrapper serves as a bridge between the host and the remote machine. It flows the stream to the effect and processed signal back to the host machine.

If you are working ‘on location’, or you’re just too lazy to turn on additional machine(s), you have nothing to worry about – the wrapper will search the network, and having found nothing it will just start the FX on the host machine in the way it used to work before you installed FX Teleport. Then if you feel you’re getting out of horsepower on the host machine, just start the other one(s) and teleport your FX with a single mouse click.  – FX Max

How Am I Using FX Teleport?
I’m running Cubase 5 on my primary computer which is a Windows Vista 64 bit system, quad core with 4gigs RAM.  On this computer I also keep FX plugins such as mixing and mastering suites, EQs and reverbs;  and drum plugins such as Stylus RMX by Spectrasonics and Addictive Drums by XLN Audio.  I keep the FX plugins on this machine as they tend to be more processor intensive andd my primary machine can handle this easier.

On the network slave laptop, I’m running plugins such as Komplete 6 by Native Instruments, and other sample and synth based plugins.  This system works great because even though my network slave laptop is a dual core Windows Vista 32 bit system with 4 gigs of RAM (32 bit doesn’t take full advantage of 4 gigs),  because I’m not running my Cubase digital audio workstation and other audio drivers, it’s able to focus all of it’s RAM and processor on the plugins.

Another aspect that I like about running the plugins on a seperate machine is if one of my plugins should crash for some reason, it doesn’t take down my Cubase session and I can still save and keep working.

FT Teleport has been great for me in keeping a rock solid system that doesn’t experience clicks and pops due to maxing out computer resources.  What’s most amazing is that FX Teleport sells for $99 and for $79 you can add additional slaves which FX Teleport refers to as servers.  You can purchase more licenses and continue to add more servers to your setup.  This might be useful for someone needing to create Orchestra mock-ups for film scoring.

Stephan Earl

Composing, recording and producing music in the home studio environment for over 25 years, musician and author Stephan Earl now enjoys sharing his home studio setup experience with other home studio recording musicians via HomeMusicProduction.com.