Cool Edit Pro gurus: please help!

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Member Since: Apr 23, 2002

I'm having trouble with Cool Edit Pro v.1.2 when recording and it just recently happened when I re-installed the program. When I record, I make sure i'm on cue... but in the playback, it's totally off the timing!! I don't know whether its the settings on my program or something's wrong with my computer... I re-installed the program again and I still have the same problem!

Anyone know how to fix this?

I e-mailed the technical support guys from Syntrillium, but they can't help me without a serial number confirmation, but i lost it (no, seriously). All they told me that it may be due to the fact that it's an old version and I can't update without a serial number, nor do I think that it's the version that's the problem. I've been using the program for a while and nothing like this has happened. I never had that problem before... I recorded recently... not even a month ago and everything was going great... but recently after installing a few new hardware, there was a lapse from my recording, and when I went back into it, it changed. When I'm playing it in the recording, everything is fine.... but when I play it in the playback, it starts off on time, then its as if the file starts slowing down... and goes off time, but it doesn't sound as if it's slowing down. This is really important, i need to record!

Thanks for your time!!

Viktor Lukawski
e-mail: vlukawski@cogeco.ca

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Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Apr 23, 2002 03:34 pm

Could you elaborate on what new hardware you installed...that could very easily be the problem...

Member
Since: Apr 23, 2002


Apr 23, 2002 03:36 pm

New Hardware includes:
- HP PSC 750 Printer/Scanner/Copier (into USB 1.1)
- Belkin USB 2 (2.0 Dual Port, Hi-Speed PCI Card)
- iomega Predator Burner (into the USB 2.0)

We also moved the computer to a new area, but I highly doubt that had anything to do with it.

Thanks for the quick reply!

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Apr 23, 2002 03:43 pm

does that new USB card happen to be sharing an IRQ or any other resource with your sound card? Are all you setting in CoolEdit back to where they were before your tried the reinstall? What kind of a PC are you running (CPU, RAM, etc.) and what kind of soundcard. (this is where the gear profile can come in handy)

I am no CoolEdit guru, but we can walk through your setup and see where the problem lies.

Member
Since: Apr 23, 2002


Apr 23, 2002 08:01 pm

Ok, sorry, i had to leave for a bit. Here is the info you asked for:

1. I don't think the new USB has ANYTHING to do with my soundcard, be it IRQ or anything else. There seems to be no connection.

2. All the setting have been reset, but I changed all i remember changing back when I re-installed the program a while ago (mind you, it WAS a while ago).... I don't remember changing ANYTHING in the recording options... i don't know much about the stuff that's written in there.... very weird stuff going on in there. But everything seems like it was before, but I can't be sure.

3. My PC is a Pentium III, with 64 MB of RAM (i know, i know... you need at least 512 MB of RAM for recording... On Thursday, I'll be installing more... maybe that might help, right?)

4. Soundcard: SB PCI64 (i know, i know... not the best soundcard, but it does me justice, because it gives it a feel in the music that I like :P)

I will be defragmenting tonight, so we'll see. And maybe that RAM upgrade will help....

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Apr 23, 2002 09:06 pm

"I don't think the new USB has ANYTHING to do with my soundcard, be it IRQ or anything else. There seems to be no connection." - what exactly leads you to believe that this has nothing to do with it, if you problems started after you put this in, that is a very strong case that it IS part of the problem...the Ram is small, and could play a small role, and you sound card very well could play a role, I won't say "upgrade, your card sucks" those PC128, 164's whatever, just are pretty weak cards.

So, let me ask you this, what OS are you running? XP, 2000, 98? Have you recently upgraded OS's?

I am laying odds, if you haven't recently upgraded OS's, it's probably a combination of Ram and soundcard, but I can't be sure...also, go to sonicfoundry.com/download/step1.asp?CatID=2 and make sure you have the latest updates...version 3.0a plus the latest drivers for your soundcard.

Member
Since: Apr 23, 2002


Apr 23, 2002 09:14 pm

"what exactly leads you to believe that this has nothing to do with it, if you problems started after you put this in, that is a very strong case that it IS part of the problem"

i guess... i can't be sure... so, it may be the problem. I don't know how to find out.

the OS i'm running is 98. i have not recently upgraded.

version 3.0a of what? i don't even know if they offer the latest drivers for my soundcard :P

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Apr 24, 2002 06:56 am

I am laying good odds it's not the sound card drivers, but that is standard advice to make sure you have the most current of everything, but I don't believe those cards have ever had driver updates, and creative is pretty sucky supporting that series of soundcard.

version 3.0a is the latest version of Vegas, but, my bad, I got you confused with another post where the guy is using Vegas, sorry. I am guessing you have all the latest patches for CoolEdit? The easy way to see if you USB is making the problems is to pull it out and see how the PC works then...

Czar of Midi
Administrator
Since: Apr 04, 2002


Apr 24, 2002 04:13 pm

With USB there are no IRQ conflict's, but there sure can be driver conflict's. I have been switching everything to USB to avoid IRQ problem's but the driver issue does still exist.

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Apr 24, 2002 09:48 pm

Noize, I am suggesting there are (or may be) IRQ conflicts with his USB card which he added to his PC, that card itself could very well be conflicting in IRQ's, but you are correct, the USB devices (that's what I assume you were thinking about) can't because they don't use and IRQ, the card, however does use and IRQ when it is installed.

Czar of Midi
Administrator
Since: Apr 04, 2002


Apr 24, 2002 10:29 pm

Oh oh, my bad. I read a bit to quickly through the post.

Member
Since: Apr 23, 2002


Apr 25, 2002 06:50 pm

haha

Thanks a lot for the help. I'll try out the many ideas: adding more RAM, taking out the USB, etc.

We'll see how it goes. And then I'll tell you what happens.

Actually, I remembered something today:

When we moved the computer, we had the plug in at one point, when we were putting all the plugs together, but the computer was turned off. We heard a little bang inside the computer and dust came out the fan, from the power supply. So we opened up the computer to see if anything serious happened. Everything seemed alright... Not even any marks. The power supply was just as it was before. We figured that there may have been a spark that went off and blew the dust or something.... The computer ran fine... Could this have done something to the sound card?

Administrator
Since: Apr 03, 2002


Apr 25, 2002 10:34 pm

a little bang
? huh ? ...well, if nothing appeared to be moved or damaged, that's kinda weird, I doubt anything was damaged or changed if there was no apparant damage...strange, it was probably just the case making noise by moving and bending...hopefully.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Member
Since: May 10, 2002


May 11, 2002 12:58 pm

Too wierd! Change in tempo is not indiginious to a computer! Does you date and time stay constant on the machine? Could you have an oscilator that is skiping a beat or two? Sounds like a time strech. Cool edit is capable of it if provoked, although intentional provocation is the only known method. You may have a buggy file. Try recording a metronone and compare on playback to see if the problem will repeat itself.

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