Looking for advice and words of wisdom. I had someone record background vocals last night on 4 songs. For each song, there were 25 - 35 recording events. When I went back to work on the songs today, I noticed that the 4th song had crackling in all 33 raw wave files. My conclusion at this point is that I pushed my luck using 256 buffer size, and perhaps I need to start using 512 buffer size.
I assume the crackling is related to audio dropouts. To avoid high CPU usage triggering the dropouts, I typically restart my computer prior to starting a recording session.
I read that some engineers are able to use very small buffer sizes. How do they manage that?
Are there some best practices? Maybe I should restart Cubase between each song project to minimize CPU and other resources?
Doesn’t Cubase display warnings when dropouts occur? I vaguely remember that in earlier versions of Cubase. I now understand there are Cubase tools to monitor latency and I need to study up a bit more. It is just frustrating that I recorded 33 files and didn’t know I was having issues. It would have really slowed things down if I verified each wave file after recording.
I also noticed that the 4th song had a Superior Drummer 3 drum track that was not frozen like I normally try to do. Good chance I would not have had the issue if I froze the track prior to recording vocals.
So the main question is, do you need to be constantly monitoring CPU and resources to make sure dropouts do not occur?
Thanks in advance for any help with this,