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Audio Pops and Crackling During Playback while Mixing

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On 4/15/2019 at 6:53 PM, Gswitz said:

I exempt all wav files from scanning in addition to exes etc. I found that when I would stop a long recording the scanner would suddenly scan the waves. This would press processor for a few minutes and potentially cause IO driven dropouts.

Exactly - so the drives where my sample libraries reside hold nothing else, so I exclude those drives in their entirety, and then I also exempt the VST64 folder in Program Files, as well as the VST3 folder, as well as the Cakewalk Projects folder and the Cakewalk Content, and the AppData\Roaming\Cakewalk folder.  I think that about does it - oh yeah, also Program Files\Cakewalk.

 

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5 hours ago, Twisted Fingers said:

Thanks Craig. I was only using the Izotope Production Suite and they're all up to date.

Hey, I might have missed it, but if you are on a laptop or a desktop and with either, are using WiFi, or have a WiFi transmitter turned, those are NOTORIOUS for causing audio problems.  When I am on my laptop, I always turn the actual transmitter off - or, you can disable the WiFi device until after finishing the Cakewalk/Sonar session.

The other thing I would mention is that I have a laptop with a Thunderbolt 3 port on it, which I sought deliberately, and I bought a UAD Arrow for it, mostly not used for recording, but to act as my D/A converter for live performance with VST Hosting software for my soft synths.  I am not sure what your needs are, as far as features and ports, but for what I use the UAD Arrow for, it works AMAZINGLY fast, with data transfers across the Thunderbolt 3 cable screaming fast.  Only has 2 combo ins and a Hi-Z though.  I got mine for $499 from Sweetwater, which seems to be the standard price I have seen them for.

Building myself a monster desktop with an AMD-based CPU and motherboard, well that is one thing  I rather regret - because I did not know at the time that that computer would not be able to add Thunderbolt 3 support, as the motherboard would need a header on it, and I understand that, at least when I bought the parts, that Thunderbolt 3 was only licensed to Intel-based motherboards.  Bit of a bummer, because I would have shot the wad on getting Thunderbolt 3 support for that desktop, were it available, as there are also now several Thunderbolt 3 audio interfaces with lots of inputs and outputs and features.

Anyways, I hope any of the above stuff is of any help,

Bob Bone

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On 4/16/2019 at 9:04 PM, Robert Bone said:

Hey, I might have missed it, but if you are on a laptop or a desktop and with either, are using WiFi, or have a WiFi transmitter turned, those are NOTORIOUS for causing audio problems.  When I am on my laptop, I always turn the actual transmitter off - or, you can disable the WiFi device until after finishing the Cakewalk/Sonar session.

The other thing I would mention is that I have a laptop with a Thunderbolt 3 port on it, which I sought deliberately, and I bought a UAD Arrow for it, mostly not used for recording, but to act as my D/A converter for live performance with VST Hosting software for my soft synths.  I am not sure what your needs are, as far as features and ports, but for what I use the UAD Arrow for, it works AMAZINGLY fast, with data transfers across the Thunderbolt 3 cable screaming fast.  Only has 2 combo ins and a Hi-Z though.  I got mine for $499 from Sweetwater, which seems to be the standard price I have seen them for.

Building myself a monster desktop with an AMD-based CPU and motherboard, well that is one thing  I rather regret - because I did not know at the time that that computer would not be able to add Thunderbolt 3 support, as the motherboard would need a header on it, and I understand that, at least when I bought the parts, that Thunderbolt 3 was only licensed to Intel-based motherboards.  Bit of a bummer, because I would have shot the wad on getting Thunderbolt 3 support for that desktop, were it available, as there are also now several Thunderbolt 3 audio interfaces with lots of inputs and outputs and features.

Anyways, I hope any of the above stuff is of any help,

Bob Bone

Bob, thanks. My ASUS X99 Deluxe II motherboard has WiFi capability but I didn't install the software or the antenna and don't see WiFi interface in Device Manager.

I did install the Thunderbolt 3 card but have never used it. I want to improve my recording and mixing capabilities before I spend any more on stuff.

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On 4/9/2019 at 8:48 PM, Twisted Fingers said:

Thanks razor7music.  That's existing post is pretty old, but a lot of the discussion seems relevant.  My Record and Playback I/O buffer size is 512 kB by default. I don't recall ever adjusting them. The 64-bit Double Precision Engine on but I don't believe that's a problem. My CPU is idling along at under 10% of capacity.

Just a thought...have you tried freezing your midi tracks one at a time to see at least if its a particular track is doing this.  i had a similar problem and freezing sorted it.  My laptop isnt a great spec so I have to freeze midi tracks if Im adding in a lot of them such as synths etc. 

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Posted (edited)

I know this is an old thread, but I had a crackling problem with my new Clarett 2pre when I set it up today with CbB.  I found this thread, so perhaps this will help someone else.

The solution was to increase the Latency slider to 8ms. After I did that, there were no pops or scratchy sounds, just music on playback. This was with multiple instances of Kontakt, Omnisphere, and other plugins.

This automatically increased the buffer size in the Clarett driver.

-- Martin

Edited by Martin Schiff

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3 minutes ago, Brian Jones said:

Thank you.  Changing from  ASIO from 128 to 256 on mixing removed the clicking and popping..   My ears thank you.

When mixing, what I have heard changing buffers even higher, like to 1024, can make a big difference. Low buffers are only really needed when tracking. and recording, especially with live effects or instruments.

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