this is my first question here on this Q&A, so great that it exists - I've been avid user so far for other subjects.
I have a project in mind where I want to reuse old PCs to make music. There would be one "better" one as the master, running bitwig or ableton, and then several older "satellites" (even RaspPis maybe) which would be running different software instruments, experimental stuff (pd, supercollider) etc. One such older PC runs Windows with NI's Komplete2, which I haven't upgraded because I now use mostly linux and don't want to upgrade the whole stack on that machine, but want to still take advantage of all those synths there.
My question is about what setup is appropriate to hook all these machines together. I know I can just send all Analog Out of these PCs to a mixer/audio interface.
- I currently I only have a 2 channel-in audio interface (Focusrite Scarlett 2i4), so I'd have to either upgrade to more inputs and/or buy a mixer
- I wonder if there is any digital interface/connection with which I could hook up the PCs to the central one, instead of converting Analog to Digital and back all the way
I intend to go live with the setup, so this criteria is important, but will be mostly experimenting at home first.
What do people suggest? Thanks!