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6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Wed May 04, 2011 3:28 am
by Early21
I just installed. Was working on a project before and after, and after, the ASIO meter is showing peaks every couple of seconds, even without the project playing. Audible crackles. I can get rid of them by increasing the buffer size from 64 to 256, but it isn't a heavy project (no VSTis, for example), and when it doesn't peak, the ASIO meter is hanging around 50%. I guess I'd better back 6.02 off. Before I do, anybody else experiencing this?

Should also mention, nothing else running, and when I go into the performance meters in task manager, there are no CPU spikes that I can see; maybe that's just normal since it's just taking a snapshot every second?

Also, can anyone advise on how to back off safely? I think it's as simple as uninstalling and reinstalling from my 6.0 CD, right?

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Wed May 04, 2011 4:48 am
by Early21
Wait, there's more. On a couple of my projects that are hovering around 50% ASIO meter, the ones that crackle, I'm getting about a half second delay when playing my guitar through an amp sim (not direct monitoring). Hit the note, wait a half second, hear the note. Tried Guitar Rig 4, Amplitube Jimi Hendrix, and the Cubase 6 amp sim, happens with all of them. On some other projects that are not as heavy (30% ASIO), this is not happening. Also didn't happen before I upgraded.

So this upgrade is not working for me, wanted to see if anybody else is having problems before I back it out.

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Wed May 04, 2011 5:41 am
by HomePlayer
Hello Early21.
I found a similar behavior with Cubase 6.02 (haven't tested for the delay but the crackles).
On my projects (about 8 tracks with just a few inserts) I did not have any problem with Cubase 6 and 6.01.
Asio Load was at about 20 %. The buffersize of for my Firewire Focusrite Sapphire 40 was set to 126 Samples and no crackles.
With Cubase 6.02 the Asio Load was about 40 % without changing anything else and crackles (and Asiopeaks) about every second or two. Since I have increase the Asiobuffer to 196 the Asioload is down to 20% again and no crackles, any more.

Just my observations.

The Homeplayer

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Wed May 04, 2011 10:54 am
by matjones
Have you tried trashing your prefs yet?
Doing this can sort out MANY issues... if you don't want to loose your current prefs just cut and paste the containing folder to your desktop and cubase will rebuild prefs when you start it again... It's usually one of the first things worth trying.

Also.... on one occasion, for reasons still unknown to me, my BIOS decided to reset my memory speed to 1066 instead of the 1600 it should have been... caused no end of crackles and pops and head scratching!

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Wed May 04, 2011 11:33 am
by Early21
Thanks for the suggestion, Majtones. I won't be able to try that until this evening (US time).

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 4:09 am
by Early21
I trashed my preferences, but it didn't solve either of the problems I've reported here. I really couldn't think of anything else to do but to uninstall Cubase and then reinstall from the CD. The problems are gone, so at least I know it wasn't something else that I had inadvertently done. Unfortunately, there was at least one fix in that upgrade that I was looking for, namely the repair for the audio artifacts in the Multiband Compressor. I guess I have to hope that others have my two other problems so that Steinberg issues another update?

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 5:47 am
by ceanganb
6.0.2 patch also did ruin performance in Cubase. Patch 6.0.1 was working fine and I'm back to it. Hard to understand why is that, but any project working before crackles all the time, it's not a small degradation, it's a complete one. I might try to test some more, but I'm keeping 6.0.1 for the moment.

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 11:34 am
by Laurence Payne
Check your computer hasn't reverted to a power economy mode. Cubase now has that feature that enforces a suitable Power Scheme. I'm not sure how nicely it plays with some systems that bypass the standard Windows power management utility.

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 11:44 am
by Early21
Laurence Payne wrote:Check your computer hasn't reverted to a power economy mode. Cubase now has that feature that enforces a suitable Power Scheme. I'm not sure how nicely it plays with some systems that bypass the standard Windows power management utility.
Thanks for the idea; I checked that, and the power plan was not changed. Also, everything is working ok after uninstalling 6.02, so I think we can rule out other independent environment changes.

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 11:48 am
by Early21
ceanganb wrote:6.0.2 patch also did ruin performance in Cubase. Patch 6.0.1 was working fine and I'm back to it. Hard to understand why is that, but any project working before crackles all the time, it's not a small degradation, it's a complete one. I might try to test some more, but I'm keeping 6.0.1 for the moment.
Cean, thanks for confirming that you have experienced the same issue. Interesting that you didn't have the issue with 6.0.1. Makes me think maybe I can install 6.0.1 to get the fix for the Multiband Compressor. Did you also experience the input delay issue?

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 2:56 pm
by ceanganb
I will take some time to check it, and I'll return to you

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 7:28 am
by plectrumboy
Hello Early,

I haven't experienced the Asio increase, but this week I've had what sounds like the same wierd delay issues when trying to track guitar on an existing 6.0 or 6.1 project. I've had something similar before, which I solved by removing the Cubase vst effects from the track in question whilst tracking, then putting them back for mixing. This hasn't worked for me this time.

I hope to have some more time to play around this weekend and find out more.

Steve.

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Fri May 06, 2011 2:28 pm
by Early21
Hello Steve, your comments made me wonder if it has anything to do with moving projects over from 6.0 to 6.02. I didn't create new projects in 6.02, just tried the ones I had. Also, most of them originated in 4.5. But the pattern is not consistent in that some projects that originated from 4.5 don't have the problem. What seems to be common to the projects that do have the delay problem is that they run the ASIO meter a little higher, and it's hard to quantify. Increasing the buffer size didn't fix the problem either.

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 4:37 pm
by Early21
Just bumping this one to see if others are experiencing these issues, which are severe and make 6.0.2 unusable for me.

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 6:34 pm
by Midibass
I'm really excited about Cubase6...best Cubase ever! But I've also got crackles and low performance with the new 6.02 update...never had any problems like that before.

M

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 8:26 pm
by olieoliver
I was getting cracks and pops as well (only using VST instruments) with buffer at 256, changed it to 384 and they went away. I can direct monitor so latency is not a problem BUT if I want to hear any of the built in effects as I play I have to deal with the latency.

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 9:00 pm
by alexis
I've been following the thread with interest.

1) Early21 - you wrote
Early21 wrote: ... What seems to be common to the projects that do have the delay problem is that they run the ASIO meter a little higher, and it's hard to quantify. Increasing the buffer size didn't fix the problem either.
, but I thought you also wrote in your 1st post at the top of the page that increasing the buffer DID fix the problem?

2) Does anyone know - has it been established that 6.02 is somehow more resource-intensive than 6.00 or even 6.01?

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 1:34 am
by scradge
Jus thought id ad to this that im also experiencing these issues, (see my other thread)
I also have a saffire pro40, Its not making cubase unsusable, but its damn irritating.

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 4:54 pm
by Early21
alexis wrote:I've been following the thread with interest.

1) Early21 - you wrote
Early21 wrote: ... What seems to be common to the projects that do have the delay problem is that they run the ASIO meter a little higher, and it's hard to quantify. Increasing the buffer size didn't fix the problem either.
, but I thought you also wrote in your 1st post at the top of the page that increasing the buffer DID fix the problem?

2) Does anyone know - has it been established that 6.02 is somehow more resource-intensive than 6.00 or even 6.01?
Alexis, sorry for confusing. I was talking about two different issues, and maybe I should have started another thread for the second. Increasing the buffer size eliminates the first issue (the crackles for a project that didn't crackle on 6.0.0) at the cost of performance. Increasing the buffer size did not solve the 2nd problem of the delay when monitoring my guitar through an amp sim in Cubase.

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 4:58 pm
by Early21
scradge wrote:Jus thought id ad to this that im also experiencing these issues, (see my other thread)
I also have a saffire pro40, Its not making cubase unsusable, but its damn irritating.
Thanks for reporting in, I'm wondering how we go about finding situations that cause this problem? I will have to reinstall and experiment; so far the only pattern I noticed was that the projects that experienced these problems were relatively heavy projects (making use of a lot of plugs and vsti's). I will have to see if I can narrow it down. I also have projects where neither of the issues occur.

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 5:54 pm
by alexis
Early21 wrote:
alexis wrote:I've been following the thread with interest.

1) Early21 - you wrote
Early21 wrote: ... What seems to be common to the projects that do have the delay problem is that they run the ASIO meter a little higher, and it's hard to quantify. Increasing the buffer size didn't fix the problem either.
, but I thought you also wrote in your 1st post at the top of the page that increasing the buffer DID fix the problem?

2) Does anyone know - has it been established that 6.02 is somehow more resource-intensive than 6.00 or even 6.01?
Alexis, sorry for confusing. I was talking about two different issues, and maybe I should have started another thread for the second. Increasing the buffer size eliminates the first issue (the crackles for a project that didn't crackle on 6.0.0) at the cost of performance. Increasing the buffer size did not solve the 2nd problem of the delay when monitoring my guitar through an amp sim in Cubase.
Thanks for clarifying, Early21. I'm happy enough on 6.00, and want to be at least reasonably sure that I don't make things worse by going to 6.01 or 6.02. Following closely ...

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 6:14 pm
by Early21
[quote="alexis"
Thanks for clarifying, Early21. I'm happy enough on 6.00, and want to be at least reasonably sure that I don't make things worse by going to 6.01 or 6.02. Following closely ...[/quote]
Yeah, know what you mean. Turned out it was a simple matter to back out 6.0.2. Just uninstall from the control panel route, and then re-install using the CD. The uninstaller is smart enough to leave your vst plugins, and preferences and everything else where they were (which was what I was worried about) and the installer just uses them again, so it's like you never left.

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 11:55 pm
by Santuzzo
I'm in.
Same issue. I noticed crackling, and thought this is strange, but I never cam to think that it had to do with the update until I read this thread.
Installing an update should usually improve a software, for me it only caused problems... :roll:

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Thu May 12, 2011 2:46 am
by PulsePsycle
I don't notice crackles but since 6.02 I do have a kind of stuttering now and then like the sound is interrupted for half a second or so. Tried adjusting buffersize, turn off autosave but that doesn't make a difference. This happens on both PC and laptop so I don't think its hardware related. Reading this thread I'll will go back to 6.00 on my laptop first; see if it helps.
CB6.02 x64, Win7 x64 (ultim. and hp), M-Audio 2626 and 610.

Re: 6.02 patch - crackles!

Posted: Thu May 12, 2011 9:54 pm
by Andi
Another one for the 6.0.2 crackles here under W7 64 Bit with RME FF400. I had a chance to play with this last night. I reinstalled my RME FF400 drivers (already at the latest driver and firmware release) , re-downloaded the Cubase 6.0.2 update file in case there was a later modification than I had (there wasn't). Without going through all the steps of restoring system images, deleting, updating from 6.0 to 6.0.1 and then to 6.0.2 and also direct from .0 to .2, testing different projects, deleting preference files, unloading and reloading all plugs etc, this is totally solid in that 6.0 is fine, 6.0.1 is fine, 6.0.2 crackles. The Windows performance meters are nowehere near peaking on any of the cores, the VST performance meter is about 1/2 way up, and not a hint of clicks, drop-outs and so on in pre-6.0.2. After the upgrade the VST meter is rhythmically pulsing - I can fix it by increasing ASIO buffer size by a coupe of notches (64 to 128 samples), but we're not talking about the odd click creeping in, it's like constant radio interfearance.

Very oddly, in an attempt to save a bit of time between taking system images, I tried a system restore from a 6.0.2 installation back to a previously good 6.0.0 installation - the restore worked, but now 6.0.0 had exactly the same problem. I then deleted Cubase and reinstalled and all good again. Tried this a couple of times and it was completely reproduceable in both 32 and 64 bit versions.

I'm currently back on a stable 6.0.1 install and need to get on with some actual music, so I'll leave this alone and just keep an eye on the site, but appreciate it if anyone has any insight in the meantime 'cos I want my coloured fader caps back!

Regards to all.


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