I'm watching this happen in real time and it is the weirdest thing. If anyone out there can tell me how to fix this recurring problem, or if my GPO or Kontakt Player (v1.1.8.003) might be corrupt and what to do about that, please advise! I'm running Cubase SL3 on a Mac 1.8 GHz PowerPC G5, OS 10.4.8.
In the Kontakt Player, the option box is ON for "use std. cc#7 / cc#10 volume & pan".
I'm trying to balance the woodwind section for an orchestra piece. I'm using Bb Clarinet Plr 1 and Bb Clarinet Plr 2. They're playing in 3rds so their volumes need to be about the same. They have identical volume curves painted into their respective mod wheel windows. There is no data on CC7, main volume, on either track, nor any other MIDI info under the hood--just notes and mod wheel data. And I'm not touching the Cubase mixer slider throughout this process.
Here's what I am doing, and what I observe.
I set Clarinet 2's volume in the Kontakt Player to -16.3 DB, and its volume dial points to about 11:00. (I save the file.) I hit "play" in the Cubase transport window. Playback sounds good. I hit "stop" in Cubase. The Kompakt volume dial JUMPS to about 12:30, yet the number below the word "volume" still says -16.3. Clearly, the number and the dial DO NOT AGREE. Indeed: I hit "play" again, and now Clarinet 2 plays back at an absurdly loud level. The dial doesn't change. I hit "stop." When I click on the dial itself, the dial doesn't move, but the number changes to -3.7 DB.
I reset the Clarinet 2 volume dial to -16.3 (about 11:00), save, and quit. I reopen the same Cubase file. The Clarinet 2 volume number reads -3.5 DB, and the dial appears to be at 12:30.
What is making the volume change of its own accord??? What do I do to freeze the level where I want it?
The same anomaly happened with my horn patch several months ago, interestingly, in exactly the same location: instrument 2 of my Kontakt Player's instance 2. (Coincidence? I think not!) Back then, thanks to my friends on the Cubase forum, I repaired permissions and trashed Cubase prefs. That time it fixed the problem (who knows how or why). This time it didn't.
This repeating anomaly is untenable and puts my work flow at risk. Can anyone help me?
Thank you in advance, and best wishes to all who give it some thought.