need help with noise

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by skeurton, Oct 10, 2005.

  1. skeurton

    skeurton Guest

    i have a firepod and was previously using it with a compaq laptop. i didn't really have any problems, except when getting into a larger number of tracks and effects. it was an old pentium 3, so i decided to upgrade with a newer laptop. my new gateway is an AMD Athlon 64 and beats the compaq in every category, except for the hard drive. the new computer only has a 4200rpm drive.

    the problem is now i'm getting all sorts of skips, pops, and crackles with the new laptop, even when doing simple things outside of cubase, like playing mp3's or wav's. first i tried updating the firepod drivers, but no luck. then i thought it may have something to do with the hard drive, so i tried playing back mp3's from a 7200rpm external drive. it still does the same thing.

    any thoughts on this? i hope it doesn't come down to having to replace the internal drive on the laptop since faster ones are a bit pricey.
  2. Mr-Nice

    Mr-Nice Guest

    A 4200RPM HD? (or do you mean 5400RPM) In either case you may as well use a floppy drive to record to!

    At first I thought it was the audio interface also but then you said you updated the drivers. Did you re-boot after the update? Better yet... Did you try to uninstall the firepod completely and then re-install it? Sometimes that will work. Are the skips in the same exact spot all the time? If so then it recorded it that way, do it over now with the updated drivers and faster HD.

    That slooooooooooooooow disc drive doesnt help matters either.

    I know laptop drives are more expensive than desktop parts, so then just opt for an external drive for recording. Last I see the cost ratio is about $1/GB, and add a few extra dollars for external.
  3. skeurton

    skeurton Guest

    ahhh, i meant to update this.....

    i spoke to presonus tech support and they straightened me out. the dude on the phone sent me an email that listed several optimization methods. i had already tried some of them prior to calling presonus, but the problem seemed to be solved when all methods were used in combination. the primary problem was the wireless internet adapter. don't know why i didn't think of this before, but it worked.

    oh.... and internal hard drives are cheap, yes. but LAPTOP internal drives are not. a 100GB, 5400rpm laptop drive can run up to $200. that's $2 per GB. 80GB runs about $170. and so on. and a 7200rpm drive will break the bank.
  4. Mr-Nice

    Mr-Nice Guest

    Thats why I suggested an external drive.
  5. skeurton

    skeurton Guest

    oops, my bad.... i must have misread that. too early in the morning for comprehension :p

    anyway, i'm using an external drive now. is there a preference as to which connection should be used--usb 2.0 or firewire? the drive has both.
  6. Mr-Nice

    Mr-Nice Guest

    Firewire is faster than USB 2.0 according to some websites I have seen.

    The choice is up to you, try both and whatever you feel is more stable, use that as the protocol.

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