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......