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I run Sonar in my home studio. I have various areas of my home I'd like to use for tracking, including my grand piano that's in the living room a good 50' from the room housing the DAW. What means are available to remotely arm, start, stop, rewind, etc.?
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Try this:

http://www.shipitforyou.com/cgi-bin/sgin0105.exe?UID=200403280910132 3&TRAN85=Y&GENP=I&T1=I420+1035&FNM=36.

It is a USB extender. 16 ft ea with a max reach of 75ft. I use 3 of them for 45 ft and they work great.

For Video VGA extenders for your monitor contact Pacific Radio:

http://www.pacrad.com/index.shtml

Ask them for their 50ft VGA monitor extenders.

They run about $50.00 and they look and work great. Now you can have your keyboard and monitor next to you for under $200.00 !

Marti D. Humphrey C.A.S.

aka dr.sound

www.thedubstage.com

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Dr. Sound, the USB extender looks very interesting. Is a PC keyboard a "USB animal". I notice that my mouse is USB with an adapter to plug into the round mouse port of the PC. I guess from that that the mouse port is simply a USB port with a specialized plug shape. Is the keyboard similar?
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Take a look at this article by Rip Rowan at Prorec.com. He uses a laptop with a wireless LAN to control his main computer. It seems like this would be perfect for your needs...if you have a laptop.

http://www.prorec.com/prorec/articles.nsf/articles/F5C489059130C9B486256DAA000EC101

 

Rip uses Remote Desktop Connection, which is built in to WinXP. There are other programs that do the same thing available on the net. I use TightVNC. http://www.tightvnc.com

It's free and works great.

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Originally posted by garysmusic.com:

Take a look at this article by Rip Rowan at Prorec.com. He uses a laptop with a wireless LAN to control his main computer. It seems like this would be perfect for your needs...if you have a laptop.

http://www.prorec.com/prorec/articles.nsf/articles/F5C489059130C9B486256DAA000EC101

 

Rip uses Remote Desktop Connection, which is built in to WinXP. There are other programs that do the same thing available on the net. I use TightVNC. http://www.tightvnc.com

It's free and works great.

So, the article doesn't say anything about this question and it's been a long day. If you were going to control the studio computer that runs Sonar, does the laptop need to have Sonar installed also?

GY

 

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From the ProRec Article:

 

"Since the recording application is actually running on your real DAW computer, this means that the notebook computer you use to connect doesn't need to be very powerful. I have great results with my old, tired 466 MHz Celeron notebook. Many similar computers are readily available for under $500 on eBay. I think mine would resell for about $250. You'll also need a wireless card for the notebook. That will probably cost as much as the router, say $70."

Mac Bowne

G-Clef Acoustics Ltd.

Osaka, Japan

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Originally posted by garysmusic.com:

Take a look at this article by Rip Rowan at Prorec.com. He uses a laptop with a wireless LAN to control his main computer. It seems like this would be perfect for your needs...if you have a laptop.

http://www.prorec.com/prorec/articles.nsf/articles/F5C489059130C9B486256DAA000EC101

 

Rip uses Remote Desktop Connection, which is built in to WinXP. There are other programs that do the same thing available on the net. I use TightVNC. http://www.tightvnc.com

It's free and works great.

Does "TightVNC" need to be installed on both host and remote computers?

GY

 

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Originally posted by GY:

So, the article doesn't say anything about this question and it's been a long day. If you were going to control the studio computer that runs Sonar, does the laptop need to have Sonar installed also?
No, the remote computer wouldn't need Sonar installed. It should also be mentioned that in order to use XP's Remote desktop that you will have to use XP Pro and not Home.
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Originally posted by Dylan PDX:

Originally posted by GY:

So, the article doesn't say anything about this question and it's been a long day. If you were going to control the studio computer that runs Sonar, does the laptop need to have Sonar installed also?
No, the remote computer wouldn't need Sonar installed. It should also be mentioned that in order to use XP's Remote desktop that you will have to use XP Pro and not Home.
Yes, it makes sense today. God was I tired last night!

 

I've got XP home on both machines so that won't work for me. I'll try TightVNC.

GY

 

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Wowie!

 

I just got TightVNC working. THIS IS COOL!! My son has been my assistant for a few years. He sets up mics, levels and punches record (actually much more than that). Pretty much my engineer. He's going away to finish college this fall and I didn't know who I could hire that would work with me and put up with my bullshit. I'd been looking into wireless keyboards/mice but they're all limited. This remote with the wireless laptop will enable me to see/check levels and do all the record/stop/play/rewind, blah blah without being in the studio.

 

Thanks to all who contributed here. I'm truly grateful.

GY

 

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