Ardour, a few issues.
Hello to everyone, recently my computer kept switching on and off perpetually and when consulting my London Linux Guru friend Trevor, was confronted with "It sounds like a hardware problem". After replacing every component one by one, and trough a process of elimination despairingly discovered that the bastard switch on the case had been the culprit. Anyways, c'est la vie! Subsequently a few days after, I installed 64Studio, since I'm a songwriter/musician, it seems to be the ultimate recording system. I usually record on a Roland VS1880 (18 track) HD recorder and limit my computer to final mixes. However after delving into the potential of 64Studio I was considering a permanent shift towards the desktop. In such a setup Ardour would be crucial! I've spent the last 36 six hours testing most of the stuff. The installation ran smoothly and everything seemed operational. However when testing Ardour I encountered a few problems. I first created a simple pattern/groove on Hydrogen, quite a remarkably sounding piece of software, and recorded it onto Ardour, managing to synchronically trigger it all from Jack, COOL! I did a little editing copying, pasting, punching in, etc., and was beginning to get very, very excited. Next I recorded a rock rhythm guitar track using three Caps plug ins and the cool sounding Tap Reverberator, great stuff. Next, I decided to do a third track (lead guitar) and at this point it started getting a little shaky. After adding a new plugin, as soon as I touched any parameter I'd get a message saying that either Jack or Ardour were to fast and hence disconnected, since Jack was still running I suspect the problem is with Ardour. I also started getting the close and save session appearing a few times. Also a log window displaying the message Zombified kept making its presence. Furthermore, when reopening and playing the session the DSP usage would swing from anywhere from 10% to 90%, staying at a rather busy 28% if un-interfered with. It seems quite a lot of usage for three simple basic tracks. Also after recording track two and disconnecting the inputs, id have to leave the plugins active in order to hear the track as recorded. This seems illogical, unlike my Roland studio, once you've recorded, any input or pre-fader Fx can be removed, thus liberating effects for further use, and as I now discover it might lower processor usage. I must say I'm perplexed as to what the issue might be, everything else on the system runs fine. Did I buy right hardware? :Athlon64 dual core 4200, 1GB DDR2 667 Ram, 250 sata hard-drive and using a Edirol UA-25 interface. In another post I read the suggestion of lowering the frames period, which would effectively increase latency and since I like to use software monitoring when playing e.g. guitars, it might be a little to painful in terms of timing. Does anybody know what might be the problem? Yours thankfully, Andrew