I wasn’t able to render yesterday, mp3 or wav. About 13 seconds in the rendered file played back a loud buzz, and all this was repeatable for many attempts.
Further troubleshooting, I noticed that after rendering if I then played the project to the 13 second mark, I would get the same bad buzzing sound. Indeed, even just clicking to put the cursor at any point in the project after that point would get me the buzzing sound. I could make it go away by clicking the cursor to an earlier point in the project and hitting play. **Of note - before rendering, the project would play through without any problems at all. **
Neither Cubase’s F12 ASIO meter nor the computers’ performance via Task Manager showed any problems.
I noted finally in the mixer that there was an overload signal in my Jamstix 3 channels. I powered down Jamstix 3, and everything worked as it should, including rendering.
So I guess there is either a problem with JS3 (which I’ve never had before), or I had one too many VSTi’s open?
What concerns me is that it doesn’t seem to me like I should have been overloading the computer (specs below). I had JS3, EZD2, Halion Sonic SE open, maybe 1 or 2 more, and maybe 10 or so plug-ins open. I’ve been rendering with exactly the same setup on the same project many times, without any problems. The “overload” would recur reliably, even after shutting down Cubase, and even after powering the computer down and restarting. And even though I know the F12 ASIO meter is not a great way to understand what’s going on, the fact that it didn’t show an overload (the load was pretty much steady at about 70%) makes me unsure what the actual problem was.
Any thoughts anyone? Thanks very much!