Okay, first the disclaimer.. I am aware of some of the recent threads here that have been critical of the performance of the Cakewalk DAW. I have no interest in bitching and piling on. I just want to get some work done. I have been an exclusive Cakewalk user since 1986 and couldn't have been more thankful and excited when Bandlab took over and saved me from having to change DAWs. I have dabbled with others, but it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks and I can get around pretty well in this software, so my desire is to continue here. That being said, I have been experiencing various anomalies and crashes over the last few months that have me concerned.
First the crashes. This has been going on for quite some time and most recently cost me about 6 hours of newly recorded tracks on a project I was working on. To be clear, it is not project specific and has happened while performing various tasks, not one particular action. The GUI goes cloudy, the hour glass spins and reports Cakewalk is "not responding". When I try to close out the program either by closing the window or opening task manager, it asks me if I want to end the process and I make that selection. Usually the program will shut down. However, if try to relaunch, it is unresponsive. If I choose to open the task manager the Cakewalk process remains active, and selecting end process does not work. My work around has been to open an earlier version of Cakewalk, X2, let it boot and then close it out. Usually this will allow me to open CbBL again. Of course my work has been lost, but I am usually pretty meticulous about saving my work frequently, so it's usually not a major inconvenience. (I stopped using autosave because I thought that was contributing to the problem, since it seemed like it would crash if I was making changes at the same time autosave kicked in.) At any rate, this has become a PITA. My setup is not the most up to date or elaborate, but I'm running an older I7 on a Dell Precision laptop with 16 GB of RAM, a MOTU MK2 interface, a Midisport 8/8 midi interface, with my projects and audio files on separate drives. This configuration worked fine with Sonar and SPLAT. None of my projects are all that complex, 16 to 32 tracks with 4 or 5 Vsti 's and some fx and Pro Channel usage. Any ideas as to what's happening here?
Also, I keep getting audio engine dropout messages (usually error 1), but they happen when the program is idle or if I change from an open web page let's say back to Cakewalk. I have tried closing out just about every background app with no effect. Changing the buffer size also seems to have no effect on getting the error message. I actually tried increasing the buffer size earlier this evening while working on a project and the only effect was to change the key of a True Pianos vsti I had open in the project. Imagine my surprise when I tried to playback the file and it sounded like this dissonant mess. By the time I isolated the problem, (one of 22 tracks), I was at a loss as to what to do to get it back to normal. G minor was no longer G minor. In the end I had to delete and re-insert the vsti and all was well. Bizarre! Again, changing the buffer size either up or down does not seem to impact the error messages, or for that matter the performance of the DAW in recording or playback. Any suggestions?
There are some other things as well, like a project not stopping at its endpoint, and also when selecting to insert a vst into the fx bin of a channel, certain vst's that appear in the recently used portion of the menu do not open, requiring the multiple mouse clicks of finding the particular fx. But I can live with these.
Any help or direction to resolve these issues would be greatly appreciated. Thanks