Still not having a very successful VST Connect session here yet. This time I tried it at the studio (previously I was connecting with my collaboration partner from home). When I was at home on my iMac I had a solid connection that stayed alive but there were ticks and pops. I tried various settings with the audio upstream rates. Would a much higher Remote Latency Compensation value fix this? Does a low "upstream" rate lead to poor quality recordings or does it only affect the quality of the performer's monitoring? I'm not sure why I was having these dropouts. I speedtested at 1.5 down / .9 up. I realize those are poor but they're still well within spec. My friend's connection was over 10 down / 7 up.
As for the studio, I have the ports forwarded as necessary. My internet is fast (22-25 down/7-12 up). I connected with the same friend (same high internet speeds) and this time the connection timed out after about 10 seconds. I would see the audio for his mic on the VST Connect plugin and hear his mic while we were connected. I would also see level for his instrument but not hear anything from it (guitar amp in another room of his). The only thing I can think would have caused the timeout was that neither of us was streaming video (we were handling video on our phones) although musicullum previously said you only need one or the other to maintain the connection.
I just realized the studio computer is running OSX 10.6.8 ... I think I read somewhere that 10.7 is the minimum for VST Connect SE ..
2011 iMac, 3.4 GHz Quad Core i7, 20 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM
2011 Macbook Air, 2.0 GHz Dual Core i7, 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM
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