I'm currently evaluating the demo of VE Pro with the hope that it can help me consolidate all my Macs and give me the benefits of offline bouncing & easier recall in Logic. I have a relatively advanced setup that works perfectly now, but offline bouncing is out of the question, and I have to manually recall everything for each project. I'd love to hear from anyone doing something similar, but with VE Pro. Here's my current setup:
Main Mac = Mac Pro 8-core (2008) with 16 GB RAM, OSX 10.6.3 running Logic 9.1.1 (32 bit mode)
Logic contains all my custom EXS insts., Stylus RMX and all my audio processing, including 10-12 high-end 'verbs
Logic sends MIDI via IAC to these apps running standalone: Kontakt 4.1 (64 instruments loaded), Kontakt 3.5 (64 instruments loaded), Vienna Ensemble 2 (8 instruments loaded) and Play (16 instruments loaded). Audio from these apps returns to Logic via RME Totalmix loopback.
Slave Mac 1 = G5 dual 2.3 GHz with 8 GB RAM, OSX 10.4.11 running Kontakt 3.5 (64 instruments loaded), Kontakt 2.1 (16 instruments loaded).
Slave Mac 2 = MacBook Pro 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo with 4 GB RAM running OSX 10.6.3, Kontakt 4.1 (64 instruments loaded)
Slave Mac 3 = iMac 3.03 GHz with 8 GB RAM (new, not set up yet, but I could add quite a bit with this machine).
My main goal is to incorporate all of that into VE Pro for the obvious benefits. However, that's 272 Kontakt instruments, 16 Play instruments and 8 Vienna instruments. Is anyone having success with that large a setup? I'm building a generic Logic template from scratch and so far I have all the Kontakt stuff going that normally runs on just my Mac Pro (that's 128 Kontakt insts in 8 instances of VE Pro). It seems to be working, but I'd have a way to go to incorporate everything else.
I'd love to hear from anyone pushing the envelope - any tips/tricks or advice appreciated!