Pops and crackles with Windows 8 64 bit??


I don’t know if this is related with MR816 but after upgrading to Windows 8 64 bit from Windows 7 64 bit, Cubase 6.5 started to make pops and crackles while playing. I made a clean install of Windows 8 with the latest software and hardware drivers. Everything is same but only the Windows 8 is new. I also tried to increase the ASIO buffer size but it didn’t help. May it be a driver issue? Will Steinberg update MR816 drivers for Windows 8 and will this solve the problem?



Perhaps an indexjob is running you checked the taskmanager?

Don’t know if they run under win8 but under win7 you could analyse quite detailed where problems came from.

http://www.resplendence.com/latencymon very detailed infos /small installation
http://www.thesycon.de/deu/latency_check.shtml infos about latency / no installation needed
To check if your system is optimzed correct and if dropouts will occour

Thanks for the tips.
I’ll check it today.

Problems for me started when I upgraded from 6.5.3 to 6.5.4.
Windows 7 pro 64 bit
This also happens under windows 8 pro and Cubase 7.0.0

Now running 6.5.3 under windows 8, no problems with cubase, MR or CC.

I hope there will come an update for MR816x and Cubase 7.


I had this problem with a new PC running Windows 8. Plenty of juice in the system, but Cubase was constantly letting out weird little crackles.

I tried everything, and eventually tracked the issue down to the various network wi-fi services. All that stuff.

As you’ll know, it is a major hassled remembering to do them all manually.

So, I have a present for any of you with this problem. I can’t promise it will work, but it does for me.

I made two tiny little programs, which I have on my taskbar, one before the Cubase icon, and one after.

  1. “Lee’s Antedaw” is merely a little program that executes this code:

@Echo Off

net stop “lanmanworkstation”
net stop “netprofm”
net stop “NlaSvc”
net stop “dhcp”
net stop “Netman”
net stop “nsi”
net stop “wwansvc”
net stop “wlansvc”
netsh interface set interface “Wi-Fi” admin=disable


  1. “Lee’s Postdaw” switches all these services back on, after you have finished making your future hits:

@Echo Off

net start “netprofm”
net start “NlaSvc”
net start “dhcp”
net start “Netman”
net start “nsi”
net start “wwansvc”
net start “wlansvc”
net start “lanmanworkstation”
netsh interface set interface “Wi-Fi” admin=enable


IMPORTANT: you need to make sure that your wi-fi internet connection is named “Wi-Fi” for these applications to work.

IMPORTANT: Before you use the programs, right click on them and select properties. Under “Compatibility”, make sure you check the box to run them as an admin.

DISCLAIMER: These are provided free of charge. I made them privately for myself, but found them so handy I wanted to make them available to my fellow brother and sister musicians. So, use at your own risk. I am not a techie, and WILL NOT provide support if you f##k up your system after using these.

However - the entire code contained in the exe files is pasted above . if you don’t understand what this will do to your system, DON’T USE THEM.

If they work for you, show me some love by visiting my band at http://www.gosatta.com, or even buying our music through our record company http://emerald-and-doreen.com/ (we’ll be putting out our first EP with them in October 2014)