On the hour of uptime of computer (+1-2s) you get serious crackles in Cubase audio engine - to the degree audioengine restart(can be seen in process explorer how 7 threads are restarted).
This continues - every hour - all day long.
Since so much in Cubase seems to rely on that being online - news in hub, any help from Cubase etc - this is probably why not tracked down.
If playback - when this hourly appear - just the crackle, but embarrising if anybody else is here in studio.
If recording - when this hourly appear - that stops - and you get the dropouts dialog.
This means redoing that take!!!
Troubleshooted this now for almost three weeks - 5-6 hours a day - since I know when it happends.
This is what I found:
If network and internet is down - when computer boots - this happends only in Cubase.
So testing where it happends if offline
Cubase elements 7
Cubase Pro 8
Cubase Pro 9.5
No other audio related software has a problem offline
Not PowerDirector - video editor
Not Foobar2000 - audio player
Not Windows Mediaplayer
So to reproduce - I experience as lifelong programmer(now retired) a couple of things regarding networks in PC
a) if never any power to network card cable rj45 connector - like not even a router is up - that produce one level of error in software
b) if there were power to network cable - like router up at boot - and now down - this produce another level of error for software.
so both these mentioned conditions is a problem for Cubase.
So power up computer with network cable out - is probably easiest to reproduce.
And look in Task Manager - Performance tab - uptime - when it pass the hour uptime - +1-2s - this happends - all day long.
Playing back or recording in Cubase.
Having performance monitor in Cubase up will show a clipping(red peak bar realtime).
You can even let Cubase idle - no transport running - and realtime will show a peak.
Outside this hourly thingy - I have not a pop even - not ever - real stable audio always.
So Cubase hook into some kind of system event callback - that affect audio engine - is my diagnose.
I’m always offline with computer unless installing stuff on daw computer - so a real problem.
I have hub off - so not getting the news stuff or anything - at least that is unchecked.
Tested with ASIO guard on/off - does not matter.
Tested higher ASIO buffers - does not matter.
Autosave - is always off.
Mostly importing old project from other daws the last years - I just figured this was auto-save feature still there, even though that is off.
I lived with these crackles all the time - thinking what is going on?
Now doing more recordings in the last 6 months - I decided to get to the real problem here - since I have to redo takes due to these dropouts.
My computer specs are in signature below. Had computer since 2010 - and been flawless in every audio situation running every daw(some not tested since uninstalled like StudioOne, Samplitude, Mixcraft etc). None have given these crackles - only Cubase.