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Midi Trouble with Reason

Midi Keeps Cutting out in Reason.. The Light on my Midi 1x1 Works.. I am wondering if my computer is too slow to handle it. The Midi Light is on and responds to my playing. Just No Midi sound in Reason. I also went ahead and tryed another trigger device, still nothing.

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It is possible that your PC is too slow, but there may
(of course) be other causes

I have experienced a situation with Adobe Audition, causing
recording drop-outs when my PC got too busy.

To test this theory:

1) Shut down all unnecessary applications.

2) Go to the command prompt and disable the internet:

type: IPCONFIG /release.

to restart it later, reboot the machine or type:
IPCONFIG /renew

3) Go to the task manager and stop all unnecessary
processes:

press: control-alt-del at the same time and then

choose the "processes" tab

right click on each process you don't need
and stop the process

4) You should be able to reduce the number of processes
into the low 20's, but you need to keep the following:

a) Your midi application (Reason etc) of course

b) alg.exe
csrss.exe
explorer.exe
lsass.exe
svchost.exe (all of them)
services.exe
smss.exe
system
system idle process
winlogon.exe

5) Now go into the control panel --> administrative tools ->
services and stop all unneeded services

(the system will not let you stop anything essential)

6) Don't worry about stopping tasks and services,
they will all restart to normal when you reboot the
machine.

7) Go back into the task manager and right-click your
midi-application. Increase its priority to HIGH,

but NOT real time, because this may cause windows
to hang.

8) If your midi acquisition improves, then speed is the problem,
otherwise, look elsewhere:

a) re-install audio and midi drivers
b) make sure the mixer and control applets are correctly
configured, i.e make sure the midi is not muted.
e) make sure the midi application is allocated the
max amount of memory, if it has a setting for it.

etc.

9) I am assuming that you are running Windows XP.

If your PC is too slow do NOT use Vista !!!!,
which makes things much worse, at least
by a factor of 4 to 1

Do not install XP service pack 3 either,
its bloated with anti-piracy **** and DRM.

10) Finally, for audio work, I would recommend
a minimum system with:

a) Pentium III 800 MHz or better yet a Pentium IV
at 1.5 GHz or faster.

b) One Gbyte of RAM to make sure your machine is not
disk bound. This is much more important than a fast
CPU.

Disk is approx. 10 million times slower than RAM,
so this can become a very significant bottle neck.

c) Windows XP pro, SP2 (not 3)

d) Depending on your video card, i.e. the amount of
workload it handles for the CPU, you may also reduce
the screen resolution, and disable desktop effects
to speed thing up.

Adobe audition, for example will perform more reliably
on slower CPU's when the GUI window is kept small
in waveform or spectrum display during recording.

Good luck,

Martin

P.S. I use Adobe Audition for most of my recording and
audio processing. System = Core 2 Duo /2.4 Ghz,
4 Gigs of RAM (only 3 Gigs are accessible from 32 bit
windows XP), 1300 Mhz front side bus, 3.5 Terra Bytes
of hard disk, of which 1.5 Terabytes are configured as
RAID-5.

Speed and storage is no longer an issue :)
not even for HD video processing.




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