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    Two PCs one interface?

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    I have been eyeing a second PC for personal/internet while I keep this one offline for music. Although a second interface isn't out of the question I would like to avoid the expense, but it seems having one interface connected to two PCs isn't worth the aggravation as this would not actually provide easy A/B-ing.

    Looks like adding an inexpensive second interface is the simplest and most workable solution. Ya think..?

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    Hey,
    Yeah, I don't think that's possible. What's the goal?
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    For about $100 bucks, you get this. I use this for my daily driver and have it plugged to my main stereo system and for a laptop if I want to remote record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steenamaroo View Post
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    Yeah, I don't think that's possible. What's the goal?
    Nothing complicated. I want to add a second PC and use an interface for audio, was wondering if my current interface could easily be used between them.

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    For about $100 bucks, you get this. I use this for my daily driver and have it plugged to my main stereo system and for a laptop if I want to remote record.

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    That would do nicely. I won't be recording or using instruments/mics. Just audio monitoring.
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    Not simultaneously, no. There'd need to be manual cable switching.

    +1 on the Presonus. Small, simple, bus powered, and still decent enough.
    I have a used 2i2 for the same duty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steenamaroo View Post
    Not simultaneously, no. There'd need to be manual cable switching.

    +1 on the Presonus. Small, simple, bus powered, and still decent enough.
    I have a used 2i2 for the same duty.
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    Sabrent USB 2.0 Sharing Switch for Multiple Computers and Peripherals LED Device Indicators (USB-SW20) | USB-SW20

    We used something like the above to share a MIDI controller between two desktops, it could even share a dongle for Cubase Ess'6. I see no reason why it should not work for a USB interface?

    Err? When I said "share" I do of course mean 'either or'.

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    The physical connection isn't a problem, so that Sharing Switch would do nicely. I think the problem(s) comes with switching back and forth as it would probably have it's connection broken or lose power from one PC, then require a restart of some sort as it reconnects to the second PC. Not sure exactly what might happen there, probably depends on your system setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spantini View Post
    The physical connection isn't a problem, so that Sharing Switch would do nicely. I think the problem(s) comes with switching back and forth as it would probably have it's connection broken or lose power from one PC, then require a restart of some sort as it reconnects to the second PC. Not sure exactly what might happen there, probably depends on your system setup.
    Yes, for instance it will depend what happens when you plug in a USB interface. My KA6 for instance just works, no drivers run, I just go to a DAW, almost always Samplitude, and there it is. Other AIs might not be so well behaved.

    I would ensure the AI is setup on each PC and if other audio devices have ever been installed, seek them out and destroy! Also go into Control Panel and disable (not 'uninstall') the On Board Sound card. Basically leave just one audio device for the PC to find at switch over.

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