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Clicks/Pops in audio export - question

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4 hours ago, Rick Lang said:

I have the exact same issue as you Colin, and have had for quite some time. I also saw the same thing happening Terry in this thread from early 2021.

As stated, completely dumbfounded why this is happening during export, listening back to the WAV (44/24). I have a fairly well built i7 computer with 32 GB RAM, all SSD equipped, RME UCX interface with the latest drivers, no internet, AV or any other processes disturbing things. Now trying to export a finished, mixed and mastered  progrock-tune only containing roughly 75 tracks, and the computer/RAM or HD isn't sweating. Chirps still random on the export.

I will probably go REAPER from now on I'm afraid. After 20 years.

You could always change your i/buffers upwards when mixing and mastering, especially for such vst’s as Melodyne and Ozone.

i do that frequently, no issues.

YMMV,

J

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Interesting, inasmuch as I have not had this problem in CbB but I have had it crop up in Reaper.  Slightly different, though. The clicks, pops and crackles were recorded along with random parts.  So, it was not just the playback, it was baked into the wave when recording.  In that case (Reaper), I turned off the ReaVerb convo plugin during tracking... enabled it for mixing and rendering...and it cleaned right up.  Reaper also has settings in Options>Preferences>Buffering that you can mess with.  Surprisingly, I found suggestions that some of the buffer settings yield better results at lower-than-default buffer values.  Anyways, not relevant to CbB but when someone said they were thinking of switching to Reaper, it made me chuckle.

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22 hours ago, Jeremy Oakes said:

You could always change your i/buffers upwards when mixing and mastering, especially for such vst’s as Melodyne and Ozone.

i do that frequently, no issues.

YMMV,

J

Hello Jeremy. This is not an issue during mixing/mastering. This is only during export, when AI is not in the equation. And always completely random in one or two spots. I have however fiddled with the export buffer size from 40 to 500 ms, w/o any particular difference. It could however be related to reverb tails from one of the many Altiverb or Bricasti emulations I have on my buses in this particular project, that the aud.ini file could possibly remedy. The Neural DSP amps are fine. A few years ago someone suggested ghost automation lanes still read by active tracks, which also seems feasible. 

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18 hours ago, John Nelson said:

Interesting, inasmuch as I have not had this problem in CbB but I have had it crop up in Reaper.  Slightly different, though. The clicks, pops and crackles were recorded along with random parts.  So, it was not just the playback, it was baked into the wave when recording.  In that case (Reaper), I turned off the ReaVerb convo plugin during tracking... enabled it for mixing and rendering...and it cleaned right up.  Reaper also has settings in Options>Preferences>Buffering that you can mess with.  Surprisingly, I found suggestions that some of the buffer settings yield better results at lower-than-default buffer values.  Anyways, not relevant to CbB but when someone said they were thinking of switching to Reaper, it made me chuckle.

Yes, I have already been on Reaper since 4.00, but SONAR has been my main DAW sine -99. Merely since Reaper has not implemented proper drum notation as per 2022. Again, this is not an issue with playback buffers and recording. The files are always stellar. This is bounce related with completely random placement. Feel free to glance through my reply to Jeremy above. 

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On 7/17/2022 at 7:25 PM, Colin Nicholls said:

Hi Rick. I wish I could say the problem went away, but I have no data. I haven't worked on a major project since the one described above. (A full-time job will do that to you, sigh)

I totally understand your frustration. No one should feel the need to apologize for using different DAWs, if they are able. I myself have Studio One although I've never attempted the complexity of projects that can achieve with Sonar. (I just don't need the hassle of becoming an expert in S1). If you do switch to Reaper for your next project, please do check back here and let us know how you fared. So often we see posts here about people switching but never any closure.

Just for the fun of it, I am thinking of mirroring my mix in CW in Reaper. It will take a while with all the plug in parameters, routing and gain staging. Not the mention the automation ... Just to see if the rendering itself will be clean. Currently 166 plugins in this project. 8 of them are guitar/bass amps. 6 of them are reverbs/delays. The rest various EQ:s, saturation plugs and FET/Vari-MU/VCA compressors on track and buss level.

I might get back later.

 

 

Edited by Rick Lang

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2 hours ago, Rick Lang said:

Just for the fun of it, I am thinking of mirroring my mix in CW in Reaper.

Considering how simplistic my final mix was (even simpler than Stems, it was literally one clip per movement and some leveling, EQ, and multiband compression) I should totally try this. Or try it in Studio One, even.

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It's a fun exercise to do if nothing else!

I did some null tests between DAWs a while back and one big gotcha will be pan laws once you get to that point. Everything nulled until I started panning, and sometimes it was difficult to find something similar enough to make them match exactly.

Engine performance, or even the way each DAW works with plugins aside, if you end up with anything radically different (better or worse) in any DAW, I'd look there first.

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