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    Well, howa 'bout dat. I just opened up the desktop to see what it might need. Turns out it has a spare memory slot, so sticking another 4 GB of RAM in there would be a piece of cake. More importantly, it already has a 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive. I didn't remember putting that in there, but now that I see it, I realize the old HD started getting flakey about a year ago, and I replaced with this one. Get another monitor hooked up, and it's good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich_S View Post
    Well, howa 'bout dat. I just opened up the desktop to see what it might need. Turns out it has a spare memory slot, so sticking another 4 GB of RAM in there would be a piece of cake. More importantly, it already has a 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive. I didn't remember putting that in there, but now that I see it, I realize the old HD started getting flakey about a year ago, and I replaced with this one. Get another monitor hooked up, and it's good to go.
    That 1TB drive probably does not have a lot on it if only a year old so you could get an SSD* and install OS and Reaper on it then create a second partition on the bulk of the 1TB drive and use that for music files. I don't know about Reaper but you can 'tell' Adobe Audition to use the biggest drive it detects for storage.

    Why a partition? Well, if everything goes T's U with the SSD section you have a ready fix. USB 3.0 ? Yes! If it does not have it, get it.

    N.B. Old valve jockey talking here. If Mr Steen' say I tlk the bllx? HE da man!

    *I fitted an SSD in a W7 machine a couple of years ago. Yes, boots faster than this HP i3 laptop and another desktop but otherwise I would not know. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich_S View Post
    Well, howa 'bout dat. I just opened up the desktop to see what it might need. Turns out it has a spare memory slot, so sticking another 4 GB of RAM in there would be a piece of cake. More importantly, it already has a 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive. I didn't remember putting that in there, but now that I see it, I realize the old HD started getting flakey about a year ago, and I replaced with this one. Get another monitor hooked up, and it's good to go.
    Make sure to match all the specs of the old RAM sticks with the new one. If your bus has to swap between different RAM speeds, you'll probably experience significant performance degradation.

    I also endorse the SSD for OS and HDD for data configuration. SSDs are much faster but they also die faster, especially if you're writing to them frequently. I managed to kill one in a year by using it for my browser cache and clearing everything every day. HDDs tend to last pretty long, so when your OS drive fails, you can swap it out and still have your data in tact.

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    Check you sys monitor for ram usage under load.
    If it's under 4gb by a reasonable margin, adding more will do nothing.
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    That's a tad too much terminology. What do you mean by 'mix'?
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    I plan to follow the 2-pronged approach and load up Reaper and the DSK plugins on the desktop machine this weekend.

    In the meantime, more than on of you have mentioned checking and/or increasing the buffer size. Where do I find this setting in Windows? I Googled it, but I got a lot of hits, some obviously unrelated to this problem.
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    It's in Reaper preferences/settings.
    Look under 'Audio -> Device' and you should see something like sample size, block size, buffer size.

    It'll be a binary number 32/62/128/256/512/1024/2048.

    If it's in the lower half of that list, set it to something bigger.
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    We talkin' 'bout the thing that the big orange arrow is pointing at? And what does the checkbox do?

    Reaper_preferences.JPG

    Note that this is my computer, not hers. I'll check hers next time she gets off of it.

    P.S. - I actually cracked the Reaper manual to look this up, and that led me to the Performance Meter. Wow, that's going to be a big help. I should read the manual more often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich_S View Post
    I should read the manual more often.
    Do that.

    Your computer will tell you what it needs. This is what I was saying before. You could put another 4gb ram in your machine and see zero result, ever.
    Or it could be the root and fix all your life's worries.

    but why guess?


    At a guess (lol...i know) the checkbox looks like manual/automatic. Leave it ticked.
    PIcked 44100 / 1024 or even 2048 if it'll let you.
    Let us know how that goes, please.
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    I tried 1024 and it still locked up. When playing, the Performance Meter was showing 6 DSK instruments (FX) using about from 2 -8% each, for a total CPU load around 25%. However, I noticed that the load on each FX dropped to zero when the project was locked up. This prompted me to look closer at the FX assigned to each track. What I found was, when the project was locked up, the FX faceplates would open as blank pop-ups when I opened them. They'd just show a bunch of identical sliders in a column, with no graphics, labels, or legends. When the project is working, the DSK faceplates show up in a control-panel layout with a fancy faux-wood background.

    Clearly, something was broken in the connection between Reaper and the DSK VSTi's. I found I could get the link re-established by restarting reaper, or by removing the instrument from the tracks' FX assignment and re-inserting it. However, it would break again after playing the project once or twice.

    So, step one was to update reaper. She was running 5.1, so I moved her up to 5.4. I played the project four times in a row and no lockup. Maybe it's fixed. We'll see.

    We have, however, answered my question of "Not Enough Computer?" It seems she does have enough for now. As she loads it up with more tracks, I'll explain stem rendering to her, and eventually get that desktop machine set up.

    In the meantime, I'm going to move this topic to the Don't Fear The Reaper forum room, in hopes somebody can confirm/explain my findings.

    Thanks, everybody!
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    Hi again,
    Ok, that's encouraging!

    It proves you have the resources but something is intermittently bugged or broken.
    Updating Reaper was a good move. I'd also check the DSK plugins for updates if the problem comes back but, for now, cross those fingers!
    Quote Originally Posted by Grawlf View Post
    That's a tad too much terminology. What do you mean by 'mix'?
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    No VST can emulate that smell.

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