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Old 06-18-2018, 06:04 AM
PLaine PLaine is offline
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I am mostly using N4 as a MIDI sequencer but with our live band I run some audio loops with it too. I do not use external soundcard but take it out from my Mac Books built-in headphone output.

Couple of times I've noticed a strange out-of-sync issues with N4 audio, but now I think I know what is causing it. Before that I have played my Pianoteq 6 standalone and with that soft synth I like to use higher sample rate (48000 hz or even higher) and very small audio buffer size. After "piano session" like that if I close Pianoteq and launch Numerology these audio settings tend to stay and cause trouble described above.

Now when I know what's the problem, there's a fix. With Pianoteq I adjust rate back to 44000hz and also buffer size and close the app and then launch N4. Maybe mac reboot is also wise to do (hard to say precisely if it's actually necessary, cause I've done it anyway when it happened).

I can live with this, but problem arises if I forget to re-adjust audio parameters before launching N4. And that's not very nice to notice on stage - that happened last weekend! So best would be that if N4 would "remember" those settings itself.
Also with Mac Books built-in audio there's no place to adjust sample rate and buffer (in somewhere system settings etc.), right? So if you use 48000hz or higher with Pianoteq for example, does these settings remain when you close the app? Basically I am just curious to know how all this works....


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Old 06-20-2018, 01:58 AM
Arboria Auralist Arboria Auralist is offline
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One of Apple's many weird quirks is having the audio settings be a separate app "Audio MIDI Setup" within Applications/Utilities.

Running it to verify the config is one of my pre-gig prep & check habits.
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Old 07-15-2018, 11:40 AM
jim jim is offline
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Yes, it is always best to set the sample rate for a device using that device's own software -- for built-in Audio, AudioMIDI Setup is the app to use.

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