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Optimize Cubase (avoid cracks and pops)/ increase Buffer?

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2 years 10 months
Hi there,

Setup:
-TASCAM 16x08 Interface
-Laptop: Acer Aspire 3 a315 53 35 fq, 4GB RAM, dual core

I recently had a problem with cracks and pops in my audio during recording and playing back. What I did according do help from friends and forums :

-Used the TASCAM dsp mixer for monitoring instead of cubase to save processing power

-that allowed me to increase buffer size to the Maximum, because the dsp desktop mixer is monitoring without latency (I just cant monitor with cubase, then theres latency of course.) Pretty much iam using cubase as a Recorder and Playback for overdubs.

- The other basic optimizing stuff( turned off AVIRA, Firewall, put on performance mode)
But still, sometimes there's crackles and pops, that also are recorded into the audio.

FIRST question:

Since iam not depending on small buffer sizes, I could theoretically just turn it to 6000. But the tascam mixer only allows a maximum value of 2048 or so.
(The problem definetly was laying in the small buffer size I had selected)

Does anyone have an idea on how to even set the buffer size to a higher value? Maybe another Desktop mixer from tascam ?...

SECOND question:

What are the best values to set in the VST Settings (pic below!) in cubase for high performance and low chance of pops and crackles ? (Multicore processing ON OFF? Activate Steinbergs Mode for optimized audio On Off?... etc

Additional I also added a screenshot of my CPU / RAM performance during recording 8 and playing back 7 tracks in cubase.

Maybe someone might have some words of wisdom for me :) would be more than happy to hear.

Greets from Hamburg!
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