I have finally got around to setting-up a new i7 PC w/ 8 Gb RAM I had built in the Spring.
I have successfully loaded Sonar and have it playing nice with the Presonus FW box. At the advice of Cakewalk, I was instructed to use the ASIO drivers with the Firestudio Mobile and they seem to be working fine.
I then loaded my three Garritan packages, and they too seem to be working predictably as VSTi inserted softsynths (16 stereo instrument slots per instance) ...
... UNTIL ...
I start filling the ARIA player with more than just a few instruments. My sample/demo piece of only a couple of tracks will play fine at first, but as soon as I add "too many" instruments, all the samples get cut-off short, like they are 1/2 notes choked down to 1/8th notes.
I am talking only two ARIA instances, and not much more than 20-24 instruments total when the gremlin strikes. Even after I delete the 2nd ARIA player (and it's loaded instruments), it still cuts the samples off. As a reference point, on my 4 yr-old legacy Music PC (w/ only 3Gb RAM), I can play-back many more JABB2/GPO3 tracks in the ol' KP2 without a problem.
I then tried inserting a Cakewalk-included softsynth (TTS) and a clone of the ARIA-pointed track and it plays back correctly ... it seems limited to the ARIA hosted samples.
I know many of you use ARIA and Sonar 8.5 ... any ideas, pointers, or observations you may share with me?
Thanks in advance for your help!