I'm pretty much out of ideas here about what could be causing this problem so if someone could help me solve this issue.
First off, my specs:
Intel Pentium D 2.8GHZ
Cubase Studio 4 with latest updates
I've also just recently formatted my hard drive and reinstalled everything from scratch so the hard drive is nice a clean.
Ok, to the problem. I am experiencing a lot of crackling and popping when playing back, navigating or generally doing whatever in cubase if there's even only 3 or 4 audio tracks and maybe guitar rig being used on two of them. I'm pretty sure that I shouldn't be experiencing anything like that with a computer of my specs.
Here's everything I've done so far to try and resolve the issue:
updated to latest driver for soundcard.
Disabled the onboard sound through the bios
I set the proccess scheduling to "background services" in windows
Made sure there's no programmes running in the background that would take up much memomry, etc.
Made sure the fw1082 is selected as the asio driver in cubase.
I'm starting to think I'm going to have to go down the road of updating my motherboards bios and stuff which will be a pain because the Live Update 3 utility that MSI have just seems to freeze when I'm trying to update the bios with that....looks like I'll have to flash the bios which is something I've never done and don't really want to do.
Anyway, before I have to resort to something like that does anyone have any ideas ?
If I crank up the audio latency buffer size to 2048 the cracking and popping does go away but I doubt I really should have to settle for that. From what I can tell I should be able to bring the buffer size down to at least 128 on my system.