I am having trouble recording my final mix-down of a song (all midi track audio outputs and pre-recorded audio tracks from live instruments and voices) directly to one stereo track of Logic or Cubase.
The problem seems to center around GigaStudio 96. When I mix-down several midi tracks of GigaSampler audio output within Cubase or Logic (either with or without pre-recorded live instrument and vocal audio tracks) I experience very small drop-outs in the mix-down audio track under certain circumstances. Mix-down of GigaSampler audio output can be accomplished without problem with some songs (those which seem to use smaller Giga samples and therefore require less streaming from the hard drive at one time I guess) but doesn\'t seem to work with other songs (which are using larger Giga samples).
The number of pre-recorded instrument and vocal audio tracks mixed-down at once does not seem to matter (I have mixed down as many as 25 pre-recorded stereo audio tracks to one mix-down track with no drop-outs, pops, clicks, etc. However, no Giga audio output was recorded at the same time). The drop-outs seems to be from GigaStudio audio output only. The confusing thing is that I don\'t hear the drop-outs in the GigaStudio audio output as I am recording the mix-down track; it sounds great. I only hear it later as I listen to the mix-down track. If I record the same mix-down track and leave out the Giga audio output, everything is fine no matter how many pre-recorded instrument and vocal audio tracks are present. Also, if I pre-record the audio from the Giga output one or two tracks at a time, creating several audio tracks from the GigaSampler midi tracks output, and then mix-down all the audio tracks (both pre-recorded audio from live instruments and vocals and pre-recorded Giga audio output, everything is fine.
My computer is home built and consists of a Ausus CUSL2-C Black Pearl Motherboard, a PIII-1000 processor, 512 MB of PC 133 RAM, two Maxtor 60 GB ATA 100 hard drives operating at ATA 100 and an M-Audio Audiophile 2496 audio card with the latest multi-client drivers. It is really a very high performance machine. I have also optimized my machine by making all the normal system changes recommended by the Tascam system optimization paper found on their website.
Anyone have any ideas on what I may be doing wrong? Maybe this is normal procedure and I\'m not aware of it. I thought the computer system I built had more then enough power, guess I may have been wrong.