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  1. To follow up with MediaGary's comment... Firewire chipset is important. Refer to Focusrite' firewire support page: https://support.focusrite.com/hc/en-gb/articles/207546925-How-can-I-tell-if-my-FireWire-ports-are-compatible-with-the-Saffire-range-
  2. As a workaround, you can set CbB to always start as administrator: Right-click on the CbB program shortcut. Left-click on Properties - Compatibility tab. Check the "Run This Program as Administrator" box, then OK out.
  3. Unless money is no object, you really should mention your budget, otherwise you'll just get pages of everyone listing what interface they use. Personally, I'd recommend anything by Steinberg. Not surprisingly, their drivers and build-quality are top-notch as they've got big bucks behind their R&D (Yamaha).
  4. Basically, off the shelf PCs are notorious for having a ton of crap installed that take up valuable resources on a PC running a DAW. The very first thing ANY new PC owner/DAW user needs to do is find a good guide on optimizing-tweaking your PC for DAW use. The first step almost always is removing all the crap installed by the manufacturer. That step alone solves probably half of the performance issues. Kudos to OP for doing this! It's incredibly frustrating when we see CbB users get a new PC and upon experiencing problems, do NO research or troubleshooting, and immediately come on here complaining that there's something wrong with CbB.
  5. Why mix down to 16-bit? The only reason I can think of is if you make CDs, along with mp3. My understanding is best practice (For audio intended for streaming services) is to "stay at top bit depth until the end". So that's what I've done -- 24 bit all the way through mixdown. Not criticizing, as there's no right or wrong here. Just curious.
  6. Who promised you that it would or should be user-friendly? No other DAW this feature-rich is user-friendly either. If someone installed an old rotary phone in your home, and told you you could use that to make phone calls -- or you could have a brand new iPhone 15 with a gazillion features, which would you choose? If you chose the iPhone, would you expect to know every available feature right out of the box? Or would you take the time to learn it? I'm guessing the latter.... So why would you have a different attitude about a complex piece of software?
  7. Since the problem is clearly not universal, it's hard to know what to troubleshoot. Maybe the download was corrupt? Did you reboot your system afterward? As long as you can rollback (in case something goes wrong), maybe try the update again?
  8. Any chance your file association was recently changed for .MID files? When you double click on a MID file what program opens the file? Also, check the BIOS settings and disable the nVidia audio there as well.
  9. Heard good things about this freebie: https://bedroomproducersblog.com/2020/07/14/chow-tape-model/
  10. Maybe not exactly what you're looking for, but you may be interested... Amplesound provides the MIDI files for all of their demo songs. You'll have to go through them and extract/edit the parts you want, but this is a treasure trove for those who aren't skilled keyboard players or who have trouble creating realistic virtual guitar parts. Log into your Amplesound account and you'll find them in the Downloads section.
  11. Maybe a corrupt installer file? Do you have another backup source for the files? Also, wouldn't hurt to try "Run as Administrator".
  12. Oscar, you've only mentioned the nVideo onboard sound (from your video card), but what about the one on your motherboard? That one would certainly be worth testing too, with all the various driver types. Some people manage to get decent performance from their generic/realtek onboard sound.
  13. If everything on your iLok works except PCM effects, have you tried to refresh/activate/deactivate them individually in the ILok License Manager? Failing that, how about reinstalling PCM Effects? Also, I don't know what you mean by "It not iLok because it works on Samplitude" when earlier you mention the error message in Samplitude.
  14. Looks like you have Live Synth Pro installed. If it's working correctly, can't you use that as your soundfont player?
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