Beginning to hate computer recording

I had a P4 laptop with 750ish meg of ram, a 30gb hd, running Windows 2000, then XP.
I was using Cubase LE 1.1 and everything was fine. It never glitched while recording or during playback and it handled my largest project without issue, seven minutes of seventeen live audio tracks recorded to a click with programmed tempo changes.
I had fades, EQ and FX applied.
It never once complained until the laptop itself failed.

So now I’m using a one-year-old laptop, Pentium B940, 640GB HD, 4GB ram, Win 7 and Cubase Elements 6.
It will not record a single live track without the latency becoming painfully obvious before the end of the third bar, drifting ever further out of time the longer the recording.

I want to hurl all my hardware, laptop, soundcard, speakers, keyboard, mouse, into a skip and go back to using two stereo cassette decks.

Seriously, making music should not be this difficult.

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6 thoughts on “Beginning to hate computer recording”

  1. It’s a load of balls isn’t it? Technology advances, so we have faster processors, more RAM, bigger and faster Hard drives, but that seems to give operating systems and software carte blanche to use it all up in less and less economic and efficient ways. To have a reliable machine, you need either a) about 8 times more Spec than required in your set up, or b) to work out how to completely disable most of the functioning aspects of the operating system and background processes in order to make full use of the processing power.

    My Sony Vaio is iffy and it’s Dual Core 2.4ghz, 2GB RAM, 200GB HD… Iffy running a few tracks in Ableton. WTF? I also discovered a few years ago that an Onyx Blackjack Soundcard I bought for £160 doesn’t work if I have WIFI turned on while running audio apps. Pretty fucking stupid.

    Saying that, I am impressed what the iPad can do with audio and its limited processing power: it goes to show that efficient use of the system can be done!

    No company has seemed to have bothered making a PC that is purely built to run audio apps, or built to take full advantage of system powers, to allow for sturdy audio playback, recording and layering of plugins etc. … Surely someone out there has taken on the challenge?

  2. Are you not using an external soundcard? I’ve actually got a wee 25 key midi keyboard that also has a sound card built in if it’s any use to you? Got balanced and unbalanced inputs. I used it fer years.

    1. Never fear!
      It turned out that running the soundcard and the USB mouse/keyboard off a powered external USB hub caused hideous lag.
      I saved up for a new USB3 soundcard for no reason in the end.

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