I've run into a bit of an annoying snag and I'd really like to get it resolved as soon as possible. I'm running a bit of a Frankensteined setup using Finale 2006 sending its midi output through Apple's IAC buses to the Kontakt Player 2 version of GPO (Finale 2006 and earlier are not able to integrate the KP2 version of GPO internally, so I have to connect them this way), then I use WireTap Studio to record the output from GPO Kontakt Player 2.
Here's where my problem comes in. I get a lot of that stopping, sputtering, distorting, and other problems in my recordings.
I'm running a MacBook Pro with Leopard, 2 GB of RAM, a 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, and a 200 GB HD, so my system is certainly powerful enough to run all of these programs side by side by side.
I downloaded a little widget to check my processor usage, and it seems like Finale 2006 is causing an interesting issue. The widget shows my A processing core as being fully loaded, and my B processing core as being used very little when Finale 2006 is running alone. I remembered that Finale 2006, and later versions, if I am not mistaken, do not support multi-core processing.
My guess is that Finale 2006 is causing a processing power distribution imbalance, hogging the A processor for itself, and forcing KP2 GPO and WireTap Studio to both be run from the B processing core, instead of the two cores running in tandem and intelligently sharing processing responsibilities of the three programs equally, more or less.
OR it could be another problem:
Finale 2006 was not written for Intel Macs, but it is compatible with them. One of the known issues is that there is a reduction of quality in GPO playback in the form of stopping, sputtering, and distortion, as the website said. However, that is speaking of the integrated Finale 2006 edition of GPO. The KP2 version of GPO that I am using is run in its standalone version, and really has nothing to do with the Finale program itself, only Finale's midi output.
I think it is the first problem, but I could be mistaken. I've run the integrated Finale 2006 GPO, and there is a large amount of sputtering when there are larger numbers of instruments playing. When I run the standalone KP2 version of the full GPO, there is much less, even when there are twice as many instruments. I get the most sputtering and cut out notes (notes not holding as long as they should), when there are a lot of notes being played, or when there is more complex (and/or faster) polyphony. That appears to me to point to the first problem, but again I could be wrong and it could be something entirely different.
Is there a notation program out there currently that supports multi-core processing? I'm very reluctant to switch from Finale, because I really like the human playback, but I can't have all kinds of distortion in recordings. I sent a recording and score off for an audition yesterday, and I had to send it with the distortions, because there was no other way, and it wouldn't stop entirely.
Does anyone have the same issue, or any solutions?
Thank you so very much in advance.
May God bless you!