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    Windows utility to help avoid pops and clicks

    Here's something that may help more computer-savvy Windows users who have had pops and clicks.
    It's not super unusual for someone to have a computer system that occasionally produces pops and clicks in the audio stream. The most common reason for this is either not using ASIO (for Windows), or trying to configure the audio application to use a smaller buffer size than your audio device can easily handle...
    But another reason is that on some systems there might be a driver that has terrible performance - this can delay processing of the the audio stream with the result of audible pops and clicks.

    For semi-advanced Windows users, I just came across a utility that appears should be a help to diagnose if this is happening on your system.
    http://www.thesycon.de/deu/latency_check.shtml
    If you run the utility and find warnings, then there's also a section on their web page to help isolating the poor performing driver(s) by using device manager - just make sure you read their warnings before doing that.

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    Re: Windows utility to help avoid pops and clicks

    Thanks, Jeff. Will check it out.
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    Re: Windows utility to help avoid pops and clicks

    Very nice, Jeff - This is something we should all keep in mind as something to refer people to when they're having the common "pops and clicks" issue. Thanks.

    Randy B.

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    Re: Windows utility to help avoid pops and clicks

    Excellent find Jeff, a very useful tool.

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    Re: Windows utility to help avoid pops and clicks

    A note to encourage everyone to run this utility.

    Running it confirmed, once again, that being online while working in a program like Sonar is inviting problems such as pops and clicks.

    I followed the instructions for the app, turning things off and on through the Device Manager. My initial reading on the graph was all red bars, getting up there into the danger area. As soon as I turned my wireless service off - instant relief, the graph settled down to short little green bars - way down there in the good, safe area.

    Lesson - Turn your wireless off while working in a recording program. Your computer will be happy you did, and you'll be happy you did.

    Randy

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    Re: Windows utility to help avoid pops and clicks

    Quote Originally Posted by rbowser- View Post
    ......
    Lesson - Turn your wireless off while working in a recording program. Your computer will be happy you did, and you'll be happy you did.

    Randy
    depends on the power of the computer. I keep it on -can put it down, but don't. I can even access Internet and Email while rendering. But before I had such a powerful system, I removed all things except the "boxes" I needed for SONAR, GPO and other CPU consuming processes.

    ASIO and buffering, ASIO and buffering, ASIO and buffering...... that's the question mainly.

    Raymond

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    Re: Windows utility to help avoid pops and clicks

    Most people don't have systems like yours, Raymond, so for the majority of users, what Jeff said is the case, "...on some systems there might be a driver that has terrible performance - this can delay processing of the the audio stream with the result of audible pops and clicks..." And this utility will track down those drivers. Wireless is the most common problem in this category.

    Randy

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    Re: Windows utility to help avoid pops and clicks

    .. that was what I was telling.. Before I had such system......

    There are a lot of things to do optimizing your computer for music processing and unless you need it for other things too, go for it. Do a search in Internet for "optimizing for music" and you will find a lot of (be careful!!!) advices.

    Some sites:

    http://www.audioforums.com/resources...imization.html
    http://blog.cakewalk.com/how-windows...ic-production/
    http://www.alesis.com/tipsnov08
    http://editthis.info/sonar/Optimizing_Your_DAW
    http://www.itinfoonline.com/ - down the page.......

    Should be enough,

    Raymond

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