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Some of my friends would never ever connect their computer where they have their daw to internet. Is it being unnecessarily careful or is it a good idea? What your thoughts? And why?

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well, i have an offline pc just for my daw too, and an pc for surfing the net. To be honest, there are obvious reasons i wanna change this, and there are personal reasons i wanna keep this.

 

so here are my pro's

-my little cave is already too full and i can make a little bit of money selling one pc.

-i allways need to switch usb sticks between the computers, e.g. new plug ins, music,  and when there are general updates i have to connect it anyway.

 

the con's

-i think i stay more focused when its seperated, and im a little bit  afraid of changing things i guess.

 

 I really would like to know the reasons of your friends, because im not really sure right now.

 

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21 hours ago, Tiger Tobi said:

well, i have an offline pc just for my daw too, and an pc for surfing the net. To be honest, there are obvious reasons i wanna change this, and there are personal reasons i wanna keep this.

 

so here are my pro's

-my little cave is already too full and i can make a little bit of money selling one pc.

-i allways need to switch usb sticks between the computers, e.g. new plug ins, music,  and when there are general updates i have to connect it anyway.

 

the con's

-i think i stay more focused when its seperated, and im a little bit  afraid of changing things i guess.

 

 I really would like to know the reasons of your friends, because im not really sure right now.

 

Thanks for your feedback. They say security and focus on music, so about same I guess.

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On 8 January 2019 at 6:18 AM, Magnus said:

Some of my friends would never ever connect their computer where they have their daw to internet. Is it being unnecessarily careful or is it a good idea? What your thoughts? And why?

If you have a good reason for not connecting to the internet on your DAW computer then do it. But i can't think of any reason why i would want to keep my studio separate to the internet. What's the reasoning behind it?

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Some virus scanners might scan constantly and therefore slow your computer down, also at same cases wireless ethernet card's have caused (as well as bluetooth) higher latency numbers on DPC latency checker, but apart from that, I don't know why you should not keep your computer connected to internet. Authorizing plusins / software plus sending projects would be really slow if my computer was not connected to the internet. 

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It really comes down to what kind of protection one's computer has from malware and viruses....and what one's internet browsing habits tend to be. If one is only using the internet to purchase and upgrade software legally from legitimate websites, check emails (avoiding phishing tho), uploading music to soundcloud or sending demos to label, using this website, social media. The likelihood of their PC becoming affected is fairly minimal. 

Now....on the other hand..... if one has one hell of a porn addiction and clicks every link that google videos has a result for, and same thing with pirating every last piece of software that can fit on their hard drives, from every hosting torrent sites with text in Russian, Chinese, middle-eastern languages. If they're on a PC, they will need one hell of a defense grid and a high degree of luck in order to keep their computer operational. -- And while I neither use and would discourage using pirated software; my understanding is that some of the DAWs and plugins might try to connect to the internet either for updates, validate the serial number, etc... Okay, if one has legitimately purchased all of their software; they obviously have nothing to worry about. But I can imagine those using cracks might choose to keep their DAW and internet separate for those exact reasons. 

Me,
I've used MacBook Pros and a Mac Pro 5.1 since 2011. I have the internet on both. To this day, I haven't gotten any malware or viruses. Maybe its how I have my systems set up, but none of the apps or plugins or the OS do any 'automatic update' tasks. -- So I haven't had any problems with it. And having the internet on both computers, I can work on music using both, and easily upload music or download upgrades as I need to.

There is the whole 'productivity' thing...and its too each their own, but I tried having the internet offline while working on music....and it doesn't work for me. Problem is, sometimes I need to freeze 30+ channels of several minute long midi and audio channels. Even with a topped out Mac Pro 5.1 with a 12-core 3.46ghz, it can still take several minutes. Same with bouncing or rendering audio. And until said tasks complete, there's nothing else I can do with the DAW. -- And while its much less of a problem than it was in 2014-2016; my mac still gets the occasional minute (or longer) beachball. Since time flies while using the internet....it makes the wait time shorter. Then there's the listening breaks of course. -- But for all I know, some computer musicians might be using the best/perfect computer that renders audio 100x times faster and never hangs, so keeping the internet off helps their productivity. All depends :)

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