how come my software metronome skips?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by MarkMcCombs, Jan 30, 2003.


  1. I've used several now, and after a minute or so, all will "hiccup". What's wrong with my system?

    I'd like to get some drum loop software, but if I can't keep a metronome in good time.....?

    I have a Pentium 2, 128mg RAM, I dunno anything else of the specs.....

    Thanks,

    Mark
     
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    What Windows version are you using?

    Is there a virus scanner running in the backgroúnd? If so, disable it and any background program you don't need, expecially the MS Office indexer.

    For XP there's a reghack to increase System clock IRQ priority (IRQ 8) which gives a boost in timing stability.

    I'll post more later, gotta run, sorry!
     
  3. thanks, JMX. I'm running 98, and will try shutting off everything in the background.

    Question, what apps do I NOT want to shut off (Explorer I know!).

    Thanks,

    Mark
     
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Always...I mean never shut of explorer and systray.

    I'm a bit rusty on 98.
     
  5. malibu

    malibu Guest

    Dec 26, 2001
    what software metronome are you using ?

    - there are some small ( can download to a floppy disk and uncomplicated) freeware metronomes available . . . let me know if anyone wants more info.
     
  6. I'm not at that machine right now, but it was software I downloaded from download.com

    is there one that you recommend?
     
  7. malibu

    malibu Guest

    Dec 26, 2001
    multi-tasking . . . yeah, a computer word -- is it leading to pauses/hiccupps?

    another question I thought of . . . does the metronome stay clicking with the screen saver on ?... or even does a screen saver start when the metronome is on "play" or "count"

    I downloaded another couple of them just to see (working on a recommendation ?) and running them simultaneously all set at 92 bpm - two can be changed by 1 bpm, other in increments of about 3 bpm -- they do vary in keeping the count.

    it is cool, throwin' in a bass drum, snare, closed high hat, rimshot, conga, etc. for accented beats, rather than just the metronome clicking -
    - no doubt about that.
    but right now, I am only starting to get ideas about their different accuracy -
    - - maybe with other stuff running (multi-tasking) or when the computer is doing some of its own thing . . . then some of the metronomes get more pauses ?