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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:41 pm    Post subject: Performance issues Reply with quote

Hi, first let me thank in advance aybody who takes the time to respond to this post.

I have put together a home recording set up but I am higly disappointed with the performance. It makes popping and crackling noises while recording and sometimes skips or freezes and occasionally even blue screens.

My interface is a Tascam US-1800.

My computer hardware:

CPU = Intel Core 2 Duo E7600 3.06 GHz Dual-Core

RAM = 8 gig DDR2 800

Video ASUS EN8400GS

OS Drive = 30gb SSD Onyx Series

Application Drive = 160Gb SATA3 Seagate

Mother board = ASROCK G31M-S R2.0 775 G31 RT
1600(O.C)/1333/1066/800MHz
North BridgeIntel G31
South BridgeIntel ICH7
USB 2.0

Software:

I have an older copy of Sonar, version 5. I am runing it on XP x64 as that is the recomended OS for that version of Sonar and it can also take advantage of the 8gigs of RAM.

I am using the ASIO driver set to normal latency.

I just can't believe how bad the performance is. I was thinking of upgrading the OS and getting a new copy of Reaper as I hear that is decent but affordable software.

Thanks again for your help
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not familiar with your set-up but, I would play around with the latency settings. Longer latencies are easier on your computer. I also slim down my system so resources aren't being used unnecessarily. And, if I'm reading this right, you have applications on a separate drive. I would put the OS and apps on the same drive and record to a secondary drive. Obviously, something isn't right with your system.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks WK, clearly something wrong. The only application I have installed is Sonar. I specified install to the apps drive but it still put a ton of stuff on the C: drive.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The US 1800 likes Cubase...it should have come with it.....


latency is indeed your issue and perhaps RAM and buffer allotments to the software.............believe it or not........not all interfaces work well with all softwares.....go figure... Rolling Eyes
I will bet that you installed the Sonar before the US 1800...
if so...uninstall and reinstall both....Tascam first...

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll give that a try Joro, thanks. Can't remember whic was forst but it's worth a try!

It does come with Cubase but I believe it's a time bombed version.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just read a few reviews on the Tascam and basically it is a piece of shit with knobs.......inferior components with a high failure rate from circuit boards to power supplies.....sorry man but not a good choice it seems.....

I swear by my 1010...I have been using it for more than 10 years....no problems....of course it has no pres and is PCI.....

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I could expect a lower quality of DA conversion or something like that not crackling and popping and freezing. But perhaps you're right and maybe I better start shopping around for an alternative.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is 'normal' latency'? How many buffers, which size, how many ms?

Have you tried the WDM drivers yet? ASIO always seems the best option, but Sonar prefers the WDM drivers sometimes.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

UREKA!

Following the Sweetwater guide...

http://www.sweetwater.com/sweetcare/articles/pc-optimization-guide-for-windows-xp-desktops-laptops-updated/

and switching to Reaper resolved the issue. Records great now.

Not sure which thing did the trick but at this point I'm not worried about it.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was going to suggest trying Reaper.

When I started I had an issue with clicks and pops, mind you I wanted to use 1 card for input and another card for output.

Glad to hear you got your issues sorted Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Daniel!
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