I posted earlier this week I was hearing crackling with GigaPiano 2 LE (convoluting) on my GS3 system, others noticed the same thing. Now I have tried Black Grand and have the same problem!!
WinXP SP2, GS3 and NOTHING ELSE INSTALLED
MB: MSI 865PE Neo2 S with P4 2.6GHz and HT disabled
MB audio AC97 chipset disabled
1GB RAM, 400MHz DDR
4.3G EIDE hd for os & apps
40G SATA hd for samples
Echo Mia audio card (not MiaMIDI)
Midiman USB Midisport 2x2 MIDI interface
Sony DVD-RW drive
video card: unknown
I have the Mia buffers set to 256. 512 is too much latency to make use of the finer points of playing a piano library such as Black Grand. I will attempt to reduce crackles and note which buffer setting yields zero crackling later today. When I tested it before with GP2LE, 512 buffers did not improve the crackling but increased latency too much.
I have GS3 attached only to outputs 1/2 on the Mia and I'm using the SPDIF out (1/2 are routed both to analog and digital outs). Listening to it via the Monitor Mixer of my M-Audio Delta 1010 in my DAW machine.
With the Black Grand Close perspective with convoluting (patch 1) loaded, the memory meter is about 50-60% peak while playing, the crackling is present even on a single note but can be heard all over the place when playing with the polyphony meter under 24. The CPU meter is never seen above 10%, but it kind of "flickers" and it's hard to say where it's going when it does that. Normally it's at 6% while playing BG.
With these buffer settings on the audio card, there is no crackling with the PMI 290 demo lib, no crackling with the MegaPiano lib, no crackling with the full convoluted Rain Piano that came with BG, no crackling on any other sound I load up (freebies with GS3 solo) other than GigaPiano 2 LE with the pu/pd convolution.
The only thing that's different with the "big" sounds loaded (BG and GP2LE) is the memory meter. The CPU is always low under 10% and usually about 6% with which ever sound I load.
From watching the meters it does not *seem* like I am running into a CPU/horsepower problem causing the crackling. Echo web site says use a "genuine" (like there are counterfeits?) Intel chipset (which I have) for best compatiblity with the card.
Does anyone have any suggestions for fixing this?
Things I am going to try today to sort out the problem:
1. Load up the instrument, get the memory meter up there, then try and play back a sound in another application like Windows Media Player and see if it crackles... effort to isolate the problem to GigaStudio.
2. Enable the on-board motherboard AC97 sound device (disabled now) and try it with that card and the spdif out on it. I don't know if it'll do 24 bit or if it's even possible to set the latency/buffers with this card.
3. Call Tascam
4. Call Echo
5. See if I can get Tascam to call Echo & sort it out (because I am sure Tascam's likely to tell me to increase buffers, and if that doesn't work, call Echo... then Echo's going to say hey if it doesn't crackle when you run an app other than GS3, then it's the app's fault, call Tascam... I've done this before...)
6. Run the non-convoluting lib... which stinks... because the convoluting patch sounds SO GOOD!!!
Is anyone else using this motherboard with success? Or this Mia card? This can't be that uncommon of a setup, can it?