Serius timing issues with MIDI - Motherboard Issue?

Hi all,

So here is what happens. I am turning my computer on, and start working. The midi is kind of OK (never really happy with midi performance in terms of real time recording on the new Cubase programs, but anyway) as time passes , the live midi recordings are appalling. Seriously…really out of time.

I researched this and it turns out there is a problem between the internal Cubase clock versus the external motherboard clock. I read somewhere that some motherboards are better than others in order to eliminate this problem.

I work constantly with MIDI and it is a serious pain to not be able quickly and efficiently put down what I am playing live.
I don’t work with pencil and record live with a keyboard.

I am thinking in buying a PC from PC Specialists and are doing some great models but I am really concerned I will might buy a computer with a mother board that will be creating the same problems as the one I am having now.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

There’s a setting somewhere to use the system timestamp for MIDI. Turn that setting on.


I did, unfortunately it didn’t work.

It works for a while but it goes out of sync again.

Thanks for the suggestion though.

What’s your setup?

Hey thanks,

My PC specs:

Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i7 Processor Extreme Edition i7-990X (3.46GHz) 6.4GTs/12MB Cache
Motherboard ASUS® P6X58D-E: DDR3, USB 3.0, SATA 6.0GB/s, 3-Way SLI
Memory (RAM) 24GB SAMSUNG DDR3 TRI-DDR3 1333MHz (6 X 4GB)
Graphics Card 512MB NVIDIA GEFORCE 210 - DVI,HDMI,VGA Memory
Operating System Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit

Soundcard - MOTU 828 MK3 Hybrid (I am using it for the MIDI but I used to have another MIDI patch-bay, with exactly the same problem that I have now)

I use Cubase 8.0, but I always had that problem no matter which Cubase Version I used.
I use a lot of orchestral libraries, but the actual recorded midi , from my keyboard to the program
goes really out of sync. Especially after a few hours of use, but it’s not great to start with.

I was wondering if what I read is wrong about some motherboards being better for this issue.


Hmmmm, no one guys?

At least anyone can let me know if they heard of this motherboard issue?