Compared to the old studio setup where I had a mic-pre and the requisite knobs for adjusting levels sitting in the recording booth, the procedure was, well, a bit suboptimal. If I needed to adjust levels, I would have to get up and go back to the recording booth. If only there were something I could do about that...
It turns out that there was.
The new mic-pre has a console app that you can use to set the levels (among a great many other things it does). Of course, that console app is running on the Windows box which is firmly ensconced in the other room. I just needed a way to reach ghostly fingers through the wall and tweak that interface.
Which is what VNC will let you do.
So I loaded a VNC server onto the computer and a VNC client onto my increasingly aged Toshiba tablet. And after a bit of messing around, I can now control the console interface from the recording booth.
And there was much rejoicing. :)