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supernova777

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Networking with the Opcode Studio 5
« on: January 06, 2014, 08:56:58 AM »

NETWORKING WITH THE OPCODE STUDIO 5

You may connect more than one Studio 5
to a Macintosh. This is called networking.
You can connect up to six Studio 5s to a
single Macintosh for a maximum of 1,440
MIDI channels.

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NETWORKING BASICS

A network is defined as the connection of
one or more Studio 5s to a Macintosh
serial port. The Macintosh has two serial
ports so it can support two networks. You
can connect up to six Studio 5s to a single
Macintosh (two networks of three
Studio 5s)



When networking Studio 5s, always con-
nect the B port of the first Studio 5 to
the A port of the next Studio 5 (as
shown in Figure 7.1)

Studio 5 Numbering

When you turn on a Studio 5, it displays a
number in the middle of its display for
about one second before it displays the
current patch number. This is indicates
Studio 5 unit number. Any Studio 5 con-
nected directly to the Macintosh is
number 1. The Studio 5 networked to it is
number 2, and the Studio 5 furthest from
the Macintosh is number 3. Figure 7.2
illustrates Studio 5 numbering



Changing Studio 5 Patches

When you change patches on one
Studio 5, the patches change on all
Studio 5s in the network. Each Studio 5
contains the patches defined by your cur-
rent Patch document

Studio Setup Documents

Each Studio 5 has its own icon in the
Studio Setup document. If you have two
Studio 5s, youll see two Studio 5 icons;
four Studio 5s will produce four icons,
and so on. The names of the icons depend
on how youve connected the Studio 5s to
the Macintosh.

NETWORKING OPTIONS

There are numerous ways to connect mul-
tiple Studio 5s. The following sections
discuss your networking options

One Network/One Cable

The first option is to connect all Studio 5s
in a single network as shown in
Figure 7.3. You can connect no more than
three Studio 5s in this fashion. The one
network/one cable connection gives you
the advantage of leaving a Macintosh
serial port free while still accessing up to
720 MIDI channels



Each Studio 5 has its own icon in the
Studio Setup document. The icon contains
the name of the serial port and the
number of the Studio 5. The network
shown in Figure 7.3 produces three
Studio 5 icons in the Studio Setup shown
in Figure 7.4



One Network/Two Cables, 4
Studio 5s


The second option is to connect all
Studio 5s in a single network and connect
a second cable between the last Studio 5s
B port and the unused Macintosh serial
port as shown in Figure 7.5. You can connect
 no more than four Studio 5s in this
fashion. This helps balance the MIDI data
stream between the two Mac serial ports



If you have four Studio 5s in a 2-cable net-
work as seen in Figure 7.5, MIDI data
distribution occurs as follows:
  • The Studio 5 connected directly to
    the modem port will communicate
    exclusively over that port
  • The Studio 5 connected directly to
    the printer port will communicate
    exclusively over that port
  • Studio 5 #2 communicates through
    Studio 5 #1. Studio 5 #3 communi-
    cates through Studio 5 #4

Each Studio 5 has its own icon in the
Studio Setup document. The icon indi-
cates the number of the Studio 5 and the
fact that its part of a 2-cable connection.
The network shown in Figure 7.5
produces four Studio 5 icons as shown in
Figure 7.6



One Network/Two Cables, 3 Studio 5s

If you have three Studio 5s in a 2-cable
network, MIDI data distribution occurs as
follows:

  • The Studio 5 connected directly to
    the modem port will communicate
    exclusively over that port
  • The Studio 5 connected directly to
    the printer port will communicate
    exclusively over that port
  • The middle Studio 5 sends all of its
    internally generated data (time code,
    footswitches and foot controller info,
    and Audio In note events) to the B
    port connection and all other MIDI
    data to the A port

One Network/Two Cables, 2 Studio 5s

If you have two Studio 5s in a 2-cable net-
work, then each Studio 5 communicates
exclusively with the Macintosh port to
which it is directly connected

Two Networks

Your final networking option is to split
your Studio 5s between both Macintosh
serial ports as shown in Figure 7.8. You
can connect up to three Studio 5s on
either network. Using two networks gives
you complete control over which MIDI
data goes to which Macintosh serial port

You must use two networks if you have
more than four Studio 5s connected to a
Macintosh



In this instance, each Studio 5 has its own
icon in the Studio Setup document. The
icon contains the name of the serial port
and the number of the Studio 5. The con-
nection shown in Figure 7.7 produces
three Studio 5 icons as shown in
Figure 7.8.



THE STUDIO 5 MENU WITH
NETWORKS


CHAPTER 7: Networking
Studio 5 Manual
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THE STUDIO 5 MENU WITH
NETWORKS
Any time the current Studio Setup docu-
ment contains more than one Studio 5,
youll see them listed at the bottom of the
Studio 5 menu
.
To select (check) a Studio 5, simply
choose it from the menu



The following sections discuss how each
Studio 5 menu item behaves when more
than one Studio 5 is present in a Studio
Setup document. See
Chapter 8: Studio 5
Menu
for a description of each menu item.
In general, you must select a Studio 5
before choosing a Studio 5 menu com-
mand. Windows that are already open
continue to work with the Studio 5 that
was selected when they were opened.

SMPTE Reader

The SMPTE Reader displays the time
code received at the SMPTE IN jack of
the selected Studio 5. If youre using mul-
tiple Studio 5s, you must select a Studio 5
before
opening the SMPTE Reader
window

Stripe SMPTE Windows

The Stripe SMPTE Window works with
the selected Studio 5. If youre using mul-
tiple Studio 5s, you must select a Studio 5
before
opening the Stripe SMPTE window

Audio In

This toggles the Audio In feature ON or
OFF for the selected Studio 5

Foot Controller In

This enables or disables the Foot Control-
ler for the selected Studio 5

Compatibility Setup

This command opens the Compatibility
Setup Window, which recognizes
all
Studio 5s in the setup document. If youre
using multiple Studio 5s, it doesnt matter
which Studio 5 is selected when you open
the Compatibility Setup Window

NOTE: If you use two Studio 5s to emulate
four MIDI Time Pieces, you should use both
Macintosh serial ports. This gives you
access to 17 MTP cables on each port


Display ROM Version

This command displays the ROM Version
for the selected Studio 5

Fast Mode Communication Speed

This command dictates communication
speeds between the
Macintosh
and any
Studio 5s that are connected directly to it.
Communication between Studio 5s in a
network is always at a speed of 8 x MIDI

Re-Establish Communication

This command re-establishes communi-
cation with all Studio 5s regardless of
which is selected

SIMPLE NETWORK EXAMPLE:
TWO STUDIO 5S


You can network two Studio 5s to a single
Macintosh using any of the methods dis-
cussed previously

One Network/One Cable Example

Figure 7.10 shows a single network of two
Studio 5s. The Macintosh modem port
connects to the first Studio 5s A port



Choose File>New Studio Setup and search the Macintosh modem port
Your new Studio Setup document contains an icon for each Studio 5 in your network (see Figure 7.11)



Add devices to your Studio Setup document and connect them to Studio 5 icons to reflect the current
conditions in your studio




One Network/Two Cable Example

You could add an additional cable
between the second Studio 5s B port
and the Macintosh printer port (as shown
in Figure 7.13)



Connecting the Macintosh printer port to
the second Studio 5 increases MIDI
throughput capabilities by balancing the
MIDI data load between the two Macin-
tosh serial ports. Studio 5 #1
communicates with the modem port and
Studio 5 #2 communicates with the
printer port.

Two Network Example

Figure 7.14 illustrates another possible
way to connect two Studio 5s to the Mac-
intosh. In this connection, all
communication with the top Studio 5 is
handled by the printer port, and all com-
munication with the bottom Studio 5 is
handled by the modem port.



Which Setup is Best?

The only real advantage of the one net-
work/one cable setup is that it leaves
you a free Macintosh serial port.
The advantages and disadvantages of the
one network/two cables and two net-
work options are more subtle. Each
Studio 5 can communicate directly with
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the computer without having to go thru
the other Studio 5. However, if you are
using a Studio Patch and want to route
data from a device on one Studio 5 to a
device on the other Studio 5, the one net-
work/two cable setup is more efficient
because data can travel directly between
the two Studio 5s. In the two network
setup, data must go from one Studio 5 to
the Macintosh and then to the other
Studio 5. In addition, the Macintosh will
only know that it must thru the data from
one serial port to another when OMS is
active. This means you cannot use this
type of patch with a two network setup
without the Macintosh being present.
With a one network/two cable setup, the
routing will work even if the Macintosh is
not present


« Last Edit: October 14, 2014, 06:20:15 PM by chrisNova777 »

supernova777

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Re: Networking with the Opcode Studio 5
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2014, 10:43:17 AM »
image references updated to point to my own site THANKS ALOT JERRY!!!

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Re: Networking with the Opcode Studio 5
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2019, 03:44:41 PM »
Resurrecting this old thread just to confirm that networking two Studio5 works fine here, with MacOS 9.2.2 DieHards instant image & keyspan sxpro card, on 1ghz single processor G4 MDD

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« Last Edit: August 26, 2019, 12:19:58 AM by Irisman »