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Steve Harder

My advice for fixing audio engine dropouts

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Your mileage may vary and I know this is old news to many here.

 

this a link to a primarily Cakewalk targeted site, but this info applies to any audio work.  I used most of his tweaks and saw some improvement.

But my BEST TWEAK is disabling my hardwire network adapter card while I'm doing heavy Cakewalk work. I went from some occasional dropouts and hangs to NONE.  Three weeks and none, nada, zilch, solid as a rock.  Templates using Kontakt, Play, Sine, VSL all behaving.  

When monitoring system usage I would see a big cpu spike that caused Cakewalk audio engine dropouts.  Couldn't pin down the culprit.  Low and behold my usually trustworthy and loyal network adapter card has evil lurking within. 

Your PC may also have a wifi adapter in it and I keep that disabled at all times as I have a hardwire cat5.

Slight inconvenience but no more dropouts or hangs.  

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What's hard to deal with is that it seems Cake is much more sensitive to these things than ProTools, Cubase/Nuendo, Samplitude/Sequoia, and others.

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I don't have a frame of reference re other Daws.  Been using Cakewalk for 20 yrs. Haven't had the need to put big money into others.  I'm a hobbyist not making income from music.

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