I have trouble with loud crackling static type of noise that is randomly triggered while playing back midi using giga piano and orchestration.
The CPU meter in GS shows around 50% usage during playback and in Sonar it is between 15-50% with occasional split second spikes up over 80%. I have played back some other large orchestral samples without the piano patch, and they seem to do fine. But when using the piano, it seems to screw things up.
At first everything sounds normal, and then suddenly the static sets in and continues even if I stop playback and just hit a single note on the keyboard. I have to close and repopen all applications to get rid of the noise. All GS sounds are affected by the sudden static. Sounds from my keyboard are not affected. The static is only heard when playing a GS patch. GS polyphony doesn’t exceed 50 even though I use sustain for the piano a lot throughout the piece.
I use Terratecs EWX 26/96 (GISF driver) for the GS and keyboard sounds, and Delta 44 for Sonar inputs and outputs. There are no IRQ conflicts.
It’s a dedicated audio work station with all the recommended optimization tips implemented. I’m also using recommended rig:
Motherboard: Asus A7M-266 (AMD 761 chip set)
CPU: AMD Athlon Thunderbird 1.4Ghz (266mhz FSB)
2 Hard Drives: Maxtor 60gig 7200rpm ATA100, and Maxtor 20gig 7200rpm ATA100
RAM: Micron PC2100 DDR RAM, 512meg
Windows 98 SE
I can’t imagine my gear is inadequate. I am asking for help with this because I really can’t finish this piano piece (or any other piano pieces).
Thanks for any help you can give.