OK, I'm really trying to like Play. I love SD2. SOunds incredible, Even posted a thread just to say that. So I figured that I would finally pull my EWQLSO Platinum Plus off the shelf after looking at it for over a year and install it. I immediately loved the fact that it seemed to be a bit more playable, sounded great and I love the Master KS programs. So I spend hours and hours building a new Template for using Play as my default sample player. I saved my Template and then restarted Cubase 4.52. Loaded the Template which consists of 3 Play instances. Only the 3rd play instance loaded it's patches. The other two are just empty! WTF?
So then I bother to reload them one instrument at a time and then actially save them each as a multis in Play. I restart Cubase and open up the Template and it's the same damn thing. Only the third instance opens with instruments loaded. Being the eternal optimist, I decide to load the multi presets that I had saved last time thinking, "If this is what I have to do to load a template, I guess it's not the end of the world.". So I click the drop-down menu, choose "Load Preset" and then pick one of my presets like "Play Basic Strings" that I just built and saved. Well first of all, by double-clicking the saved entry, the window just disappears. Nothing is loading. Then I try it again and this time I single-click and hit enter. Same thing happens. Then I repeat a third time and single-click and single-click and single click and singl.........oh wait, I think it's starting to load!!! Whoopy F**k*ng Doo! What a PITA.
SO I repeat my now known method for loading Play multis. I get the whole project loaded. I then load my video and dialogue tracks. I immediately save the project in hopes that when saved as a project, not a Template, perhaps Play will load when re opened. I start to play around a bit, noodling ideas for about two minutes with a string patch. Poof! Cubase 4 disappears off the screen. Vanished into thin air. I check in the "Task Manager" processes tab. It shows Cubase as active but it's no where to be found.
So I reboot Windows, reopen Cubase, and load the saved "Project". This time when the project loads, all three instances of Play are empty.
Any ideas on any of these issues? I have been running Kontakt for Platinum XP, RA, Colossus, Choirs, and SD1 for years now with NO issues what-so-ever. I do LOVE SD2 and therefore want/need to use PLAY but wtf?! It's just not realistic to use it under these circumstances.
As mentioned earlier, I am running Cubase 4.52 under Windows XP32 SP3. I have four gigs of ram with a 3 gig switch enabled. Sound card in a MOTU 2408 MKIII.