What is Midi over LAN?
MIDI communications between the console and the DAW is via Ethernet using the ipMIDI driver from nerds.de. The driver supports both PC and Mac (PPC and Intel based) host computers. It eliminates the need for a hardware MIDI interface and Midi cabling. The driver provides 20 Midi channels in total which can be assigned as inputs and outputs as required (e.g. 10 ins and 10 outs). The same network is used by the console's Remote software.
As a minimum, your host computer will require a 100Mbps Ethernet compatible network interface. Each console includes a license to run one copy of ipMIDI. Additional licenses can be obtained from http://www.nerds.de. Please note that the Mac version is currently available as a free download.
Please also note that the driver uses multicast UDP to communicate. As such it only supports LAN operation. Simultaneous Internet access over the Ethernet port used for ipMIDI is supported when SSL’s custom configured managed switch is used. In addition, the managed switch allows multiple consoles to be connected to the same network as it blocks UDP transmissions to the wider network. The switch is available from our on-line store or via your local SSL office or distributor. The SSL part code for the configured switch is 626794BG.
The console uses UDP ports 21928 thru 21947 for MIDI communications. The remote program uses UDP port 50081 to communicate with the console.