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  1. True, but why get a decent mic-pre, only to plug it into a cheap laptop sound chip? For about the same price, the better option is a single channel USB audio interface (with a decent mic pre built in). For example, the Behringer UM2 is $48. It uses the ASIO4all driver, but it's designed as an audio interface, so performance is way better than any onboard sound chip.
  2. AFAIK, there were no widespread issues reported here with Nomad Factory Blue plugins in Sonar. That would suggest the 2015 maintenance update didn't resolve any known issues with Sonar (since most users likely didn't know about the update and Sonar Plat didn't go belly up until late 2017). Make sure your friend has the latest version of Studio Mixing Suite - v1.0.0.8. Otherwise, I'd proceed with the idea that the issue is system-specific.
  3. An expensive video card usually installs a bunch of extra "utilities" with the software. Make sure there's nothing unnecessary running in the background. Go into Task manager-Startup and delete everything not absolutely necessary.
  4. Was it all working fine before? If so, have you made any recent changes to your system? Try disconnecting your wi-fi temporarily, see if that helps.
  5. The Amplitube 4 installer is free. I believe A4 acts as a shell for all of IKM's guitar software, even older versions (At least, that's how the IKM T-Racks effects system works. All effects you don't own are simply grayed out). Assuming A4 works the same way, your A3 "should" operate fine in the newer GUI. Worth downloading the installer and giving it a try. Also, if you haven't already, do a reset/rescan of your VSTs.
  6. This would suggest a background process interrupting/polling at regular intervals... Go into Task manager - Startup, and disable any tasks that are not necessary. (You'll need to reboot the system after this). Also, try running latencymon to identify any processes causing large latencies.
  7. What he said... In short, did you do the following? 1) Download the latest 2i2 driver package from Focusrite. 2) With the 2i2 NOT connected to your PC -- install the software. 3) Reboot your system. 4) Connect the 2i2 via USB. Allow a moment for 2i2 to load driver. 5) Start up CbBL.
  8. Agreed. If you're on Windows 8, you need to take it all the way to 8.1, which is a free update, then install all available updates (You'll probably find that Visual C +, and other necessary libs/utilities have been installed for you).
  9. XPand2 is a decent rompler for the money (Currently about $15): https://www.pluginboutique.com/product/1-Instruments/64-Virtual-Instrument/1560-Xpand-2
  10. There could be a background process hogging resources, and console view pushes it over the edge... Run the free utility Latency Monitor to identify what might be causing the problem. Get it from here: https://www.resplendence.com/latencymon Also, go to Task Manager - Startup (This shows apps that auto-start and run in the background), and disable any you don't recognize. You'll need to reboot afterwards.
  11. Good point. Disabling all unnecessary processes in Startup (and then a reboot) is always the first thing to try when troubleshooting any problem like this.
  12. Double check your connections (Probably best to disconnect everything and start over). Follow this video guide on connecting a MIDI keyboard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwEVtBbNdak
  13. I'm using TC Electronic FW interfaces (Impact Twin and Konnekt 6 - both DICE II)... No problems here under Win 10 build 1903. I've seen it generically advised for Win 10 that you HAVE to use the legacy FW driver -- but I've just stuck with the latest TCE driver package (last updated Nov 2016) and have had zero problems.
  14. IMO, the key to that sound is the band/orchestra needs to sound like it's in one space. Overdubbing was rare/nonexistent, one or two mics was common (allow lots of mic bleed), and no crazy panning (Try putting everything in the middle third or so). And, of course, it needs to sound like analog.
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