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  1. Hey Ken, Thanks for patronising us. You are obviously way smarter than we are and can see where we have all gone wrong in our ignorance. I suggest you go find another DAW that you trust. Best of luck.
  2. That was going to be my suggestion too. Lots of good advice in this thread so far. Making room, spectrally for each instrument (EQ, etc) and also making room in the stereo image with panning can help. All the instruments in TTS-1 are stereo, which can lead people to leaving each instrument panned dead centre, but don't be afraid to move them around. You generally want bass, kick and vocals panned centre, but separate other instruments in the stereo image. Just like Lynn says, I really started making strides in my mixes when I started leaving plenty of headroom. Aim for a much quieter mix so that you can sit the instruments you want to highlight above the remaining mix. Leave getting the overall volume to last - which is more a mastering task. Also, don't be afraid to automate the mix to highlight the instruments you want to showcase in different parts of the song. Mixing audio is a little bit like mixing paint. If you try to use all the colours at once, you just end up with muddy brown.
  3. My guess is that the faster I/O from the SSD is causing the USB caddy to choke. I don't know if you have your USB caddy plugged into the front USB ports on your PC, but I have found that a lot of cases have poor quality front USB cables/connectors that generate errors when busy. Have you tried plugging in the caddy to the USB3 ports on the back of the PC? Can you plug the SSD into a sata port instead?
  4. 128 samples seems reasonable, depending on how large the project is. Does the problem improve if you bump it up? I would also add that DPC latency can cause crackle. You might want to check it with the tool here: https://www.resplendence.com/latencymon I had one occasion where the Asus AI Suite was generating high latency and this resulted in crackle during playback. Killing it off completely fixed the problem. CPU power saving can also cause crackling as the CPU steps through speed levels. Setting your power profile to High Performance can resolve crackling issues if this is the problem.
  5. This was my thought too. You have not told us what buffer settings you have set in CW. It could well be that out of the box, CW used more aggressive buffer settings than your other software. You need to tell us which driver mode (ASIO, WASAPI, etc) and what audio buffer settings you are using before anyone here can help. Telling us that "as usual" the audio engine is not up to par and then leaving out probably the most important information is just going to rile people up (which I see, it already has). We're here to help, but at least make a reasonable effort to help us help you before telling us the software we all use is not up to par. Otherwise you kinda come off as a bit of a troll (which I'm sure you're not).
  6. I've been an IT professional for over 25 years. AMD are no worse than Intel from a reliability standpoint. We've had both AMD and Intel PCs that have been "lemons" in the past. Never has the problem been due to the brand of CPU. Usually either a hardware fault somewhere else, or a driver or software conflict. We have consumer protection laws where I live and a problem like this, by law, must be rectified within the "expected lifespan" of the device, regardless of the warranty offered by the manufacturer.
  7. Wow! There is so much in this update. You guy have been hard at work! Looking forward to giving it a test drive.
  8. +1 - This is what I found when bringing in tracks from my H6.
  9. I still use the PX64 on almost every project I work on. Something about per-band tube warming in the EQ section just works better than any other tube plug-in I've ever used. I have spent a lot of money on 3rd party plugins, but this is still a go-to for me.
  10. Some useful DAW benchmark info on the Ryzen 3000 series here: https://www.scanproaudio.info/2019/07/12/amd-ryzen-3600-3700x-3900x-dawbench-tested-3-is-it-the-magic-number/
  11. No FB here either. Anything that requires a FB account is avoided like the plague. I'm pleasantly surprised to see how many here feel the same way. Maybe there is hope for the world after all...
  12. Totally off topic, but when I read the title of this thread, I expected to see a picture of Noel Borthwick with his feet up on the desk, sipping on a martini... 😂
  13. When you say hum, is it actually 60 Hz? If it is 60 Hz, no plug-in EMI/RFI filter is going to help you. Is the hum coming from both monitors simultaneously? If the hum is intermittent, I would suspect that maybe the electrolytic filter caps maybe going bad, but this would likely not affect both monitors at the same time. I don't know what monitors you're running, but some of the M-Audio models, like the BX series suffer from poor magnetic shielding of the main power transformer and hum continuously. I would try: Powering up only one monitor at a time - is the hum only in one monitor? Disconnecting all audio connections - do you still get hum? If so it's power supply related - if not, it's likely an earth loop.
  14. Lee has gone from feigning an interest in Sonar to conspiracy theorist over the course of this thread. I can't wait to see where this goes next!
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