These days I wouldn't be able to justify the time it would take to attempt reviving any old tech nor do I feel any current need to. I'm still clinging on to some dated devices that should continue to work as long as the computer they're attached to doesn't get any further updating.
As to "updating", the NT4 retro computer is not connected to the internet !!!! I installed ServPak 6 on it before beginning this journey. I do realize though that the old hardware could "give up the ghost" at any time.
Unlike you, Greg, I wasn't "late" to the Cakewalk MTC MIDI game. It was my system of the mid 90's. However , when I was migrating over to it, it was only for the purpose of having audio tracks ALONG SIDE of MIDI tracks. I already had a background of syncing up my Amiga to my Tascam 38 and was familiar with MTC. At that time, I felt that doing everything inside of the computer was THE NEXT GREAT THING. I quickly learned , however, that having every midi track, audio track and plugin generated by a single computer was beyond even the fastest of computers that I owned.
The only thing novel about my new approach is now I'm using SMPTE to sync up MIDI TRACKS on CW8 rather than on Amiga "Bars & Pipes" and the Tascam 38 has been replaced by the Fairlight MFX3.
So finding that Cakewalk 8 Pro (my favorite before Sonar 2.0) , would not install on the NT4 machine, I decided to look elsewhere and found a copy of Cakewalk 8 Express (a free version) . This was made to work with NT4. It installed with a few warnings about sound fonts (which I could care less about since I'm using all MIDI outboard devices) Unfortunately, CW8 Express had no MTC support. However, after installing this, I WAS ABLE to get my registered version of CW8 Pro running, and lo and behold, after an hour or so of experimenting was able to get CW8 Pro to CHASE/SYNC to my Fairlight!!!!! I will leave the express version in because there may be a driver or something like that enabling the PRO version.https://archive.org/details/Cakewalk_Express_Gold_8.0_Creative_Edition_1713310391-1_Creative_1998
Next stop....figuring out the Mackie
HAS ANYONE EVER FIGURED A WAY TO INSTALL VIDEO CARDS IN A TOWER SO THAT THEY NEVER SLIP OUT ?? Every tower I built and every MB change I have ever made has had this same problem. Every 6 months or so, the video card must be RE-SEATED.