Let me start by giving an overview of my setup. Currently I’m using a brand new Dell Inspirion 1440 laptop. It has a Pentium Duo Core 2.20 GHz processor, 4 GB of Ram and Windows 7 (64 bit). I use a Tascam US 144 interface and I use the bundled LE4 software that came with it. The interface works through USB 2.0 and that is the only USB device plugged into the laptop. On my laptop I’ve deleted and uninstalled all unneeded progams and files to give me as much memory as possible. While I’m running Cubase I make sure that my antivirus is shut off, I’m not connected to the internet, my power plan is on the high performance setting, and it’s plugged into an electrical outlet. I have the latest drivers and firmware for my interface. I have the latest downloads for cubase and elcc. The plan with my simple setup was to record one track at a time to create a song. An example of that would be record a rhythm guitar track with the metronome. Edit the track, add effects, ect. and mix it down. Playback guitar while recording drums using a two mic setup. Edit, effects, etc. etc. Playback guitar and drum tracks while recording bass, edit etc. ect. Then lead guitar, then vocals, until I had a song. I’ve yet to accomplish this because of 3 problems that I’m having. First and most constant is an ASIO overload. While recording or during playback, the red ASIO overload light will come on and it will quit recording or playback. This happens at totally random times. The odd thing is the blue ASIO meter never spikes. It will barely have any of the blue lights on and all of a sudden the red overload light is blinking and all recording or playback stops. The other odd thing is The disk cache usage meter never moves either. It barely registers any blue lights at all. This problem happens with and without vst effects inserted. The second problem is that if I actually manage to start recording anything it will stop at random times and give me a “too many tracks recording” error. I only record 2 tracks at a time at the most because the interface has ony 2 analog inputs. The other problem is cubase will just freeze up and windows will close it. Then I’ll get that windows is looking for a solution error. These have been constant problems since I started using the new laptop I got for christmas. I’ve been searching the internet since then to try and remedy these issues and I’m at my wits end. I’ve tried reinstalling the software. I tried refreshing the Cubase preferences. I’ve deleted all 3rd party vst effects I’ve added and yet these problems won’t go away. I’m hoping someone here can help me out. Any help at all will be much appreciated.
p.s. I forgot to add that I followed guide lines on sweetwater’s website to setting up an optimal DAW and I’m still having these issues.