Random Skips/Drops When Recording, Please Help

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Nebrethar, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. Nebrethar

    Nebrethar Member

    Oct 25, 2011
    Bellevue, NE
    Hello, I am a new recorder looking for help. I have been recording for about three months, and i have accumulated for my recording:

    A Woody XL with an '84 Yamaha acoustic
    An SG special '04 with several mods
    A boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal
    An Audiogram 6 Xlr/Quarterinch to usb box
    Some kind of XLR CAD mic

    Now this setup has been working very well for me until very lately. At random times, it skips or drops sound altogether while i am recording or playing back. I have tried all kinds of combinations of my equipment, and it sounds like a digital problem to me. This is also my first time using the boss pedal in recording, though, too.

    Troubleshooting I've already tried:

    Combining things in different ways,
    Plugging my USB into different slots,
    Changing the DAW functions,
    Closing all other processes taking up RAM (i have six gigs of RAM and an AMD athalon processor)
    And basically everything involving connecting everything correctly.

    I know it's probably a very simple problem, but I am relatively new to recording.

    Anyone have any ideas? Anything could help at this point, no matter who you are :)
  2. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    It may be a simple problem, but there's a world of unsimple to find it.

    I am assuming you are using Cubase AI that came with that? Did you go through the manual to doublecheck that everything, overall, is set properly, system-wise? Are you sure you have your recording/playback properties (overall and track-specific) set properly? Have you investigated buffers, etc?

    What Windows version are you using? Do you have at least two hard drives, one for system/programs and the other for the recording data drive? (A track or two might work well enough if all on the same drive, but as you start piling up tracks in the same project, the hard drive has to do its system/OS duties, the recording program duties, and find all the pieces of the previously recorded tracks scattered about to play back WHILE trying to record more onto it. PLUS, any other program or background duty it has to access that you haven't turned off. Have you optimized your computer, as well as possible, for recording, by turning off, nuking, deleting programs and/or services that interrupt the read/write process? You can find several "Tweaks for (whatever Windows...XP..Vista...7, etc.)" by Googling things like "Tweaks for XP", "Audio Computer Optimizaton", etc.

    Are your hard drives fragmented? If Cubase is looking for a chunk of audio data on the outside of the disk, and the next chunk is closer to the inside...and so on...then it takes more time to access each chunk, possibly causing glitches...plus it causes your hard drive heads to swing more wildly and hastens its eventual mechanical demise. If you have everything on ONE drive, and you haven't defragged it, then it's even worse, because it's likely scattering the audio chunks in between holes between existing stuff AND to any areas to the inside/outside of the disk...WHILE it's also trying to find and process all the other stuff scattered about.

    If you do have a dedicated audio drive, there are things to possibly consider about its formatting, also, and it pretty much depends on how you use the program.

    About the DS1 pedal. That won't cause anything about this.

    You have to make sure the computer is optimized as well as possible, and your recording program is set up and optimized to both the computer AND the interface so they work well together. You have to doublecheck recording rates in Cubase, etc. (The brochure only lists 16/44.1...but check that).

    The last thing is to watch your recording levels. Absolutely keep ANYTHING below the red, or it can cause noise/glitches/etc. If you are overdriving the interface, back off a bit. You may have to balance the input levels of the interface and any software recording levels.

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