I've been asked to help spec a new school music tech facility, and would appreciate some
The basic plan is for:
1) A classroom with 17 new
networked PCs running Cubase/Sibelius.
2) A separate cluster of 7 PCs in a
kind of 'control room' area with a window onto a live performance space, one acting as the
recording machine with some kind of mixer or control surface.
I'm hoping to
be able to set this up in such a way that all the computers are on the main school network
for logons, Internet access, etc., but with a separate dedicated server hosting the music
projects. In the past they've run a handful of Cubase client PCs with the audio files held
on a basic server with a couple of large IDE drives, without too many problems, but I'm
thinking they might need something faster with SCSI arrays and suchlike as they scale up.
I don't know much about setting Cubase up for a network and I'm a bit hazy
on the best way to approach it. (The projects really need to be on a central server in
this situation, with roaming users who might log onto any machine to access their work,
and a need for centralised backups etc.)
For the recording facility, I'd have
been tempted to go for a multi-channel interface and control surface, but they want to be
able to teach pupils about mixing desks so this might not be so appropriate.
Maybe SOS would like to do a feature on it and come and set it all up for us!