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Tascam US-1641 Sound Card causing crackling/hissing during playback

I am using a Tascam US-1641 with Ableton 9 on my macbook pro and when i playback the audio of songs that have a lot of tracks/processing, the sound begins to hiss/crackle horribly. I know the problem is with the Tascam US-1641 soundcard as when playing the track through the laptop's ASIO driver, it plays fine without any problems. Is this a common problem with this or some soundcards? And are there any settings i can change on the computer or Ableton that might help stop this happening? Cheers, Matt

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SOURCE: wonder if you can help with this sync issue with the sound

There is a setting in Cuabse where you can select an ASIO driver, play around with this.
I assume you are using cubase

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Posted on Jan 09, 2008

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SOURCE: TASCAM 144 is not a soundcard, but an audio interface

You are correct, there is no "voice generator" within the Tascam US-144.  It can simply transmit the very primitive note-on note-off type data to a Sound Module or keyboard (like a Roldan SoundCanvas), and then that would generate the actual waveforms.   
A SoundCanvas would suit your needs well, as you could run the midi out to this voice generator, and then run the stereo output of that back through the Tascam and into the computer for recording.

Posted on Sep 06, 2008

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SOURCE: No sound in playback (but can hear click track)

This might seem simple, but just to check: you have switched off the monitor on the track when you go to playback? With track monitor engaged, you will not hear playback, but will continue to hear the live monitor.

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SOURCE: tascam 144 sony acid pro 6 no sound from midi track

It sounds like you may be confused on what the MIDI part actually does. MIDI records your performance, not your sound. Then you assign and play back the recorded performance to either a virtual instrument (in which case you should here sound from your computer) or to a real physical MIDI capable instrument (in which case you would here the sound coming from that real instrument instead of the computer).
The ends of the MIDI cables themselves are identical, not IN or OUT.

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SOURCE: Tascam US-144 problems with ableton live and in general

This interface gets bashed because the same people who buy this also have slow cheap computers. USB is THE WORST bus for recording or playing back audio - so ANY usb device has this against it. I experienced problems also with the Tascam first. But I'm a systems analyst and so I did just that. It's hooked to a P4 3.0Ghz, 2GB ram, 7200 WD drive using Cubase SX3. I tried everything but the highest latency setting in the Tascam control panel. I had XP performance set to "background service" I disabled my wireless connection. Mostly okay but still the occasional pop and it would definitely glitch recording and playback.
If I even opened task manager or changed window sizes on task manager, glitch.
So, I installed the asio4all driver. NO MORE PROBLEMS! I could surf the net, open any windows, no glitches at all! But I suspected that what asio4all did was to up the buffers and latency a bit. It did...but just a bit. The real problem with the us-144 is its control panel is very crude and only offers a few latency settings. I didn't want an extra layer of asio4all, so I switched back to tascam-us144 driver and noticed in Cubase the input latency was set to something ultra low: sub 10ms. I used the tascam us-144 control panel to up it to highest. This translated into a 12ms input time.The output was at 73ms but I went into Cubase "device setup" and under VST Audio Bay there are some latency check boxes. I re-checked the "lower latency" and got it to 61ms output latency.
So now, with only the tascam driver - I have perfect recording and playback that I can't make pop or stutter no matter what I do. With asio4all, and the reason I switched away from it, was that I couldn't record or play Youtube while cubase was running, unless I selected "release asio driver" but this only allowed the topmost window app to play sound and shut down cubase sound, so that's worthless to me.
Now I can record youtube, play youtube, all while cubase is playing or recording, using the tascam 1.2 driver. The Tascam would be a GREAT budget interface if it gave the user more control in its control panel. If you want a far superior interface and driver - everything EMU makes is excellent. I have the 1820M which uses Patchmix software/driver - SOO MUCH CONTROL over EVERYTYHING!! It reminds me of the KXdriver project except more polished. I was just about to buy the EMU 0404 pci or USB but then I got the Tascam working. Tascam seems geared toward the musician who doesn't want to learn something like Patchmix even if it gives lots of advantages. Tascam is the dumbed down mac of interfaces - EMU is the Space Shuttle of interfaces. The tascam labeling latency settings "low, high, higher, highest" is dispicable. Give me some numbers, give me control over input/output buffers like the M-Audio 1010lt does. I'm not a child. Any of the other cards I've mentioend would be better - primarily because they give you better control panels. Calling what Tascam provides a control panel is a bit of a stretch.

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