Hey all Nuendo / Cubase Users.
i'm producing / mixing / recording for a long time but lately i'v encountered a new problem: ocasional sound "cut off"s for about 0.5 sec each time which gets worse as i play or record.
I dont think it's the usual "to much CPU" cut offs for 2 reasons:
* the performance meter CPU goes to minimum rather then maximum
* it sometimes acure when i only put 2 plug- ins. or just run the project for to long. it just happend to my friend in a post production studio also and his comp is WAY more powerfull running Nuendo on a dual w/ 4 G RAM plus 2 powercores.
I AM running cubase on a Intel P4 3GHz - 2 G RAM and a powercore PCI.
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In order for an imported file to sound correctly in Cubase, the bit rate and KHz must be the same or you will create garbage when going through your interface. For instance if you have ripped something from a CD it will be in 16 bit 44.1 KHz format. If you were to pull this into Cubase at 24 bit with 48 KHz selected as your projects rate you would encounter this problem. (I'm guessing this is what is causing your problem.) Please open up cubase and click import, a window should pop up asking if you want to convert formats, please select the check boxes for conversion for the bit rate and KHz (depending on what version of Cubase it will be something similar to this.) An alternate solution is to go to the project preferences and select the rates that match the imported material before importing and no conversion will be necessary. (Although, I recommend always working in 24 bit and 48 KHz if you're machine can handle it.) A final possibility is that you have the latency set really low and the converters can't handle the speed at which the information is being processed. If the above should for some reason not work, check in your preferences box in Cubase if possible or through software that came with your interface and increase the latency. This can cause an audible delay between the time you hit a note and hear it back so make sure to decrease it before recording and increase it while mixing since you won't being recording new material and can use that processing power that would have gone to making sure you hear your live audio quickly can be steered to use plug-ins and get crackling free playback. Remember, with latency, even if get crackling from a low latency you will not hear that crackling upon mixdown! However, I'm quite sure your problem is with conversion rates, but if never hurts to know or get a reminder on things like latency. Cubase is a high quality product and I hope you enjoy using it. Thank you and I hope this helps.
What recording software are you using? What version of Windows are you on? The ASIO driver for the Lambda should have been installed when you loaded the software that it came with, and if so there should be a control panel that will allow you to select that. The other option is to use ASIO4ALL. It is a free ASIO driver that works really well for most sound cards and software instruments and recording software like Cubase, Nuendo or the many other programmes out there. If you need more help let me know.
Have a very very quiet space in which to record, with good acoustics (this means a room that will give a flat sound, preferably one with carpeted walls and celings, but any small, well-furnitured room should do).
Do not mix with the interface. Simply put the gain as high as possible without clipping and mix later in your recording program (Cubase, in your case). You can always bring the level down, but trying to gain an already recorded track will introduce noise.
If you are recording vocals, use a pop filter. When recording anything, experiment with different mic positions to attain the best possible, clean sound.
i have a similar setup (Cubase LE & Tascam 144) and each time i start up Cubase i have to make sure there is no digital input going to the tascam. once cubase is started up but no project loaded i plug in my spdif from my DAT machine and then open my project and all is fine. does that answer part of your question?
i have a different problem though, i'm trying to record my DAT tapes which are recorded at 32khz and cubase doesn't recognize that sample rate properly. it'll record no problem, and play them back fine, but exporting always creates mismatched sample rates in the exported file. sucks big time and i have got no idea on how to fix it either.
I chased this same problem with a friend's laptop using Cubase. Additionally, he had several recurring pops at high end, in regular intervals, with 23 seconds of trouble free gaps in between incidents. Eliminated hardware problems, so I contacted some Cubase user groups and they indicated their older software was not compliant with the newest hardware... in other words, they suggested he buy a newer version.... He did (gasp, sticker shock... the horror) and the problem disappeared. Might be all that is wrong for yours, if your desktop has newer hardware and older version of Cubase.
you might want to downgrade to xp because vista uses alot of ram to run it. you could also get more ram. you need about 1gb and a half to 2 gigs to run most recording softwares and interfaces. i personally use vista cause i lost my xp disk and i got 2 gbs of ram and everything runs great, but if you really want to get into recording do what im doing and save up and buy a mac.
sincerely andy kastrinelis owner of addex recording inc.