burnt toast wrote:whats the best way to integrate a standalone pc into a midi enviroment? wont you get problems with latency? or do try and sync your daw/vst host to the external midi clock?
I have an old Core 2 PC running Windows XP, which acts as a host for my Yamaha SW1000XG card. It has no monitor, no keyboard and no mouse. It's not networked either. It's effectively a sound module.
It boots from an internal USB stick - yes, you can get XP running off a USB stick - and automatically logs in as a default user, then starts up various bits of software that need to be running (which you can do through the Startup menu).
All I do is connect MIDI and audio cables to the soundcard, switch it on and go.
So yes, it's definitely do-able.