Playing samples (reliably)


    Jul 10 2008 | 2:45 pm
    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

    • Jul 10 2008 | 3:11 pm
      groove~ has always been trouble for me. i tend to use [play~] driven by a phasor as to allow for loop syncing.
    • Jul 10 2008 | 5:13 pm
      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
    • Jul 10 2008 | 6:09 pm
      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
    • Jul 10 2008 | 10:27 pm
      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