M-Audio Fast Track Ultra - Windows Vista HELP!!!!

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Member Since: Jul 22, 2008

Iím using Adobe Audition 2.0 / M-Audio Fast Track Ultra.

The issue I am having is everything thing I try to record sounds like static audio with a tremolo like effect on play back. I thought maybe it was a problem with Audition, but when I did a wav export and listened to it in another program it sounded the same. All mics and instruments have the same problem when recording. I have also tried every ASIO Buffer size possible.

I feel like this is some sort of a system problem as this is not a new issue. In the past I was using a super old Boss BR-8 through a EWX 24/96 sound card to record and was having the same problem. I just figured the BR-8 was dying and Iíve been wanting a better recording system so I purchased the Fast Track Ultra.

I unfortunately made a huge mistake of upgrading to Windows Vista about 8 months ago and thatís when it all started. I cannot seem to be able to find any answers to this problem. My sound is fine other wise except when trying to record.

Could it be my sound card? Iím running the basic Creative SB X-fi, but it worked fine on XP

Here are my system stats:

2.6 Quad core
4 GB of Ram
Windows Vista 32X
Adobe Audition 2.0 and I also have Audition 1.5


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Veni, MIDI, Vici
Since: Jul 02, 2008

Sep 20, 2008 12:03 am

It could well be your sound card. You state that it worked fine with XP, that's why I have to ask; you are using the latest drivers?

On a side note, Creative has had lots of issues with their sound cards concerning Vista.

Since: Jul 22, 2008

Sep 20, 2008 12:44 am

All my drivers are up to date. Yeah itís a bit confusing to me. Though the Creative sound card is my default windows system sound card I use the Asio M-Audio Output in Audition and it does the same thing. The odd thing is it only happens when I record, other imported audio in Audition plays back fine. Do you think a crappy default system sound card would still have a effect on the recording even though its not the default output in Audition? If so is there a good sound card for under $150 that has great Vista and Asio support?

Even still Audition 2.0 runs really slow on my computer and I have a fast system. Iíd much rather use Audition 1.5, but it doesnít support Asio so I can only record one track at a time. However, that is the least of my worries right now. Thought I have up to date drivers for my sound card and M Audio, do you think there is a better Asio driver out there?

Thanks again!

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Sep 20, 2008 02:09 pm

I'll ask this then. Have you tried recording through the M-Audio card instead of the SB card?

As Nightcap stated the Creative drivers have had major issues in Vista, as have others. But Creative and a couple other budget minded cards have had huge issues that as of yet have not been solved.

Also, have you tried loading a wav file you know is stable and good into Audition for playback to see if that works?

Since: Jul 22, 2008

Sep 20, 2008 02:33 pm

I tried using the M-Audio card instead of the SB with the same result. It seems Adobe Audition 2.0 was the problem. It was sucking so much memory that it was causing the Asio to lag. I tried a trial of an awesome program called Mixcraft. Mixcraft almost worked instantly with no lag and no excessive memory usage, even better itís only $70. From now on Iím going to use Audition for mastering and Mixcraft for recording.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Sep 20, 2008 03:22 pm

That is interesting for sure. I know some programs are more intense then others but they usually give you a way to tone it down a bit as far as CPU and memory use.

But glad you got it figured out and found a solution as well.

Veni, MIDI, Vici
Since: Jul 02, 2008

Sep 20, 2008 04:35 pm

Glad you found the problem and were able to solve it.

I just checked if there are any issues in Vista with Audition 1.5 and 2.x and sadly the answer is yes.

From the Adobe forums:
Q: Is Audition 2.x Vista Compatible?
A: No.

Since: May 06, 2007

Oct 06, 2008 07:00 pm

Easy solution to any issue when running Vista...

Don't run Vista. Hahaha

Since: Jul 02, 2003

Oct 06, 2008 08:15 pm

Have you installed SP1 on Vista yet, that cures quite a few little problems with app compatibility. Audition 2.0 does work with Vista but not quite as well as it did on XP. With your system you should be able to do alot better with than you have with it though.


Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Oct 06, 2008 10:06 pm

Sonar 8 was just released. And there were a lot of things they found even though they were already Vista compatible from the get go they fixed several issues that came up.

Right now they are the fastest and most stable DAW that is running in full Vista mode.

I'm running it on Win XP Pro slimmed down and funny enough my latency dropped a great deal. It was low to begin with but with the changes to Sonars Audio Engine it is even faster.

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