Massive Stuttering/dropouts when switching off "Record Enable"

I currently have a project with 3 tracks of imported WAV files and one recorded guitar track. The project plays back fine when the guitar track is “Record Enabled”, but I get massive stuttering/dropouts when I turn off the “Record Enable” button for the guitar track. I have the Elements version of Cubase. Brand new at this so I’m probably missing something obvious. Thanks,

I was getting weird random stutters… not with the events you describe, but frequent. It turned out my buffer size in Studio Setup-> Audio-> Control Panel was too low. I raised it, and it all went away.