The first time I heard those pops and weird bad quality automated panning I thought it was because I was also automating volume as well as applying three insert effects: two VST and one DX to a 96KHz 24 bit audio file... "Too much for my PC", said I. But as I opened the VST performance window it showed a reasonable headroom, not even reaching the half of it (CPU and DISK). Just in case, I disabled the plugins one by one... sounded the same ugly thing, until I finally got to this 44.1 KHz 16 bit file with no plugins on its chain and only one simple and long pan automation curve. It responses hardly decently. Applying volume automation starts to make this sound unstable and BAD, but VST performance seems to be OK. I own a PC PIII 500 MHz 256 RAM, partitioned 7200 rpm HD, Win 98 SE. Anybody having the same problem? Is it possible to fix this with kind of a "buffer" thing or anything else?