Sorry for the delay, guys, been working hard to get this stuff all working. I originally had 2 slave boxes, one housing EW products, and the other VSL (with aux items like Superior Drummer and Trillian scattered around) and a master box for Cubase.
The EW box, well, it crashed all the time, and after a long while of trying to fix it, I finally abandoned it just last week or so.
So now, I have my VSL slave, and my master box running Cubase - and that box is now housing EW as well.
Over the course of the last few weeks, I've removed the crashing computer, replaced a faulty router, and downgraded Play to version 3 since I'm using Cubase 6.5.
Both boxes have static IPs.
With the exception of EWSC, EVERYTHING is finally working. It's been a long haul!
Right now, I'm using VEP5 on both boxes. And that includes Play in VEP5 on the master. It works fine, no glitches/pops. The VSL box is all Samsung EVOs, so it blazes. The master box is all HDDs, so I've turned disk streaming off in Play and set it to 2048 samples, which seems to work great.
As I say, the only issue I have now is that EWSC will load (WB multis), but in time, it simply drops the samples, and goes blank. Reloading works to solve the problem.
I'm very happy that everything is working.
Obviously, I can't be building huge templates now as I only have a 24gb (RAM) slave and a 16gb master that's doing double duty to house Play, but as funds allow in the new year I will get a second slave and things should be just peachy. In July, I'll be upgrading the master to Samsung EVOs as well, which will allow me to load more instruments, obviously.
The biggest problem I face now that everything is working, is that Windows 8 doesn't support my GI-20 (midi guitar controller) so I think I will have to install Cubase on the slave (Win 7 Pro) and when using the guitar, write on that box. Unless of course someone knows if I can keep the guitar on the slave and somehow have Cubase read it on the master?
Thanks a lot for all the help I've received on this forum over the years. I'm finally able to write again:)
edit: ps, no MIR, just mirX for VSL and Altiverb 6 for everything else...though to be honest I've not figured out how to get Altiverb into VEP5...