Cubase, snap, crackle & Ghz

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Nap, May 11, 2005.

  1. Nap

    Nap Guest

    Hi Everyone,
    I'm new to this site (...been reading it for a few weeks & have already learned a ton) and new to recording.
    I'm self-recording my band in our practice studio.
    The set-up is 57s and 58s - into a mackie 24 - with the presonus compressor (8 channels) inserted when needed - into the presonus firepod - into Cubase LE (which came with the firepod) So far the recording sounds great....however......

    The computer that we are using is a G5 w/ 1,8 GHz processing power and 1.2 GHz of RAM
    --despite this, whenever I attempt to 'VST effect send' it sounds like someone was eating rice crispies on the tracks
    ....after reading a few things on here I thought that with this computer that wouldn't be an issue...
    Does anyone have any idea why it is? and what I need to do to fix it?

    Also if anyone knows and could share with me the reasons why I should upgrade the Cubase. I can't seem to find the difference between LE and SX anywhere... although the complete lack of info on LE makes me think it has the worth of a cracker jack prize...(but the recording sounds so goog so far!)

  2. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    first off which version of cubase are you using 1 2 3?

    then you can find the difraces on stienburgs webite.

    you just need to play with the sample rates, i could tell you how to do this on PC but ive not used cubase on mac.
  3. Nap

    Nap Guest

    I'm pretty sure that it is just called Cubase LE - no version 1, 2, or 3 I think it may have been developed as a lesser version for the firepod giveaway to coax people (like myself) into buying the better version...

    Sample rates... okay... so in the computer (not in Cubase?) I adjust the sample rate ...

    Anyone know how to do that with a Mac? (I have a PC at home and am just becoming familiar with apple...

    thanx for the info!
  4. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    Cubase Comparison Chart

    Watch out, it's a damned PDF.
  5. Nap

    Nap Guest

    Thanx for that...
    I thought there had to be something like that somewhere...

    Anyone have any info on adjusting the sample rate on a mac?
  6. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    check you help files if it came with your firepod then i think its 1 thats what came with my delta 1010. on the PC its on the device menu somewhere, i will have to look agien after i set it i havent touched it.
  7. skinsincyn

    skinsincyn Guest

    I don't know how Cubase works on Mac, but on a PC, you can adjust the buffer settings. This is different from the sample rate. Smaller buffer = lower latency (good for recording) / Bigger buffer = better CPU performance (good for playback/effects). If your buffer size is too small, you'll get crackles & pops while playing back.
  8. Nap

    Nap Guest

    Thanks for the help everyone...
    ...back to the studio
  9. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Kirkland WA
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    Are you recording to a dedicated audio hard drive?

    Actually I don't advise my clients to use Steinberg products on Macs. They have a lot of great features but the cpu performance is poor when compared to other Mac DAWs and plugins.

    Apps like Logic and DP4 can use 40%-60% more instances of effects and virtual instruments. With Logic slightly more effecient with the CPU than DP.

  10. Nap

    Nap Guest

    So... I set the sample rate when I start the recording initially.
    ...the instruction manuel says not to change it once recording has begun... I suppose this means that I am stuck with a limited amount of post-recording to none really.


    If I take this to be mastered somewhere... they must be able to put the effects that I want on....

    So I guess the question is :
    Are there many studios that are compatible with different programs...?

    I'll have to post this as a separate question, won't I?
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