Playing samples (reliably)

Jul 10, 2008 at 2:45pm

Playing samples (reliably)

This seems to have been raked over the coals in different forms here, but let me try my version.

I have a patch that, principally,plays back stereo samples using groove~. I play back 8 or 9 patches at the same time, for a total of about 700 megs of space. I have 3 GB of ram in my Mac laptop pro. Other than playing the samples, I am also raising and lowering their volumes.

Most of the time it works without a hitch. Every so often, though, say once a month, it stops playback for, say, one second, then continues okay. It is maddening when this happens, because, of course, it is often at a critical time in a performance.

Rarely, but often enough to matter, though, and again neither often nor predictably, samples will go into “failure mode” where this momentary stopping is chronic. I go home, perform voodoo at midnight, and the patch works fine.

Does this ring a bell? Should I try sfplay~? I seem to remenber having trouble with that, too.

I don’t think that I am asking too much of Max, here, really……

Thanks,
Marc Ainger

#38816
Jul 10, 2008 at 3:11pm

groove~ has always been trouble for me. i tend to use [play~] driven by a phasor as to allow for loop syncing.

#135744
Jul 10, 2008 at 5:13pm

Since there’s really not much in the way of
platform and version numbers here, I’m playing
The Amazing Kreskin – and also repeating this
silly question that just keeps coming up as an
answer to people’s problem. Since I don’t know
about OS versions, etc., it seems worth a
try.

Marc, you’ve got the Airport turned off if you’re
using a Macintosh, right?

Just checking.

gregory

#135745
Jul 10, 2008 at 6:09pm

Hi,

Yes, airport is off, and that is help for all sort of things, but not for this.

The reason I didnt bother with os and more specific platform info is because this has plagued me for two years, across many Macs and OS’s. I am currently running a laptop MacPro (Intel, dual core 2.33 Ghz)with whatever the latest 10.4 is ( downloaded yesterday, anyway), but, like I say, it seems to be OS and hardware independent (tried it on a few of my friends’ Macs)….

Come on by the house sometime, I’ll show you! :)

Marc

#135746
Jul 10, 2008 at 10:27pm

If all you’re doing is changing the volume, I would without question
use sfplay~. I’ve run installations for months using multiple sfplay~
objects flawlessly. Not that I can say what your problem is, but if
it’s not too much trouble to reprogram, I’d at least give it a whirl.

M

On Jul 10, 2008, at 19:09, Marc Ainger wrote:

>
> Hi,
>
> Yes, airport is off, and that is help for all sort of things, but
> not for this.
>
> The reason I didnt bother with os and more specific platform info is
> because this has plagued me for two years, across many Macs and
> OS’s. I am currently running a laptop MacPro (Intel, dual core 2.33
> Ghz)with whatever the latest 10.4 is ( downloaded yesterday,
> anyway), but, like I say, it seems to be OS and hardware independent
> (tried it on a few of my friends’ Macs)….
>
>
> Come on by the house sometime, I’ll show you! :)
>
> Marc

#135747

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