A few weeks ago I was trying to write some music using Spitfire Labs orchestra plug in. I found that with even just a few tracks (about 4 or 5) that some would not play back, or would play back patchily, i.e. with lots of drop-outs.
I figured this might be because they’re so resource hungry, even though there was plenty or free RAM on my 16GB PC. This was discouraging.
Over the weekend I thought I should just record SOMETHING less intensive, so decided on Let It Be. This is more about me learning how to record and how to use Cubase, rather than about creating a great cover of the song.
I recorded the right hand piano part (I’m no keyboard player, hence the requirement to record the two hands separately!), some organ, the bass line, and a few bits of (midi) drums. All very rough, but these are really just guide tracks.
Today, during my lunch break (working from home) I took advantage of the fact that both my daughters were out and recorded the lead vocal and some b-vox Oohs.
I couldn’t hear the Oohs, as I was recording them, because I had monitoring off, but then I realised I also couldn’t hear the Oohs I’d already recorded when I was laying down the next ‘Oooh’. I didn’t really need to hear them though, so just carried on (it was only the 4 bars long first chorus so didn’t take long).
When I went to play it back properly to see if my b-vox sound any good, I found I was getting the same drop outs.
Looking the the System Tray icon for my audio interface I saw that the Buffer Size was quite low (256 IIRC), so I upped it to 1024.
I uninstalled the software and drivers for my old audio interface, and rebooted.
I can’t work like this!
Attached is an excerpt from the recording. Please excuse the quality of the singing (I’m also no singer!) but while you’ll hear my hesitant keyboard playing, the midi drums, and the bass, you’ll also hear the lead vocal line with drop outs, but NO b-vox at all!
PC is a Dell Optiplex 980 with 16GB RAM.
Interface is a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (3rd Gen)
Disk is SSD (70GB free space)
WTF is going on? My DAW is basically unusable!