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Hi,

I purchased Voxengo Curve EQ and started using it with Home Studio 2004.  The issue I'm having is that when I apply Curve EQ to an audio track real time I get dropouts or "Audio Stopped".  First Time it happened I went and increase my effective latency to 150ms and I could use in this case about two or three instances of Curve EQ without any issues.  Now I have a bigger project, I tried to use Voxengo just in one audio track real time and couldn't get it to work even with 150 ms latency.

I need to know what I can do to fix this, I use the spread CPU option already and tried several times to increase plugins buffers in theHome Studio aud.ini file without success, the only thing that worked was as I said increase effective latency but not with this new project.

I typically run up to about 24 plugins real time effects without any issues but only one instance of CurveEQ is enough to create a dropout.

My specs:

Home Studio Cakelwalk 2004

Soundcard: Creative SB Extigy

CPU: Intel Centrino 1.7 GHz

Ram: 1 Gig

Thanks in advance


Try adding ExtraPluginBufs parameter with value 128 or 256 or 512 - this suggestion was given on the Pristine Space forum, and is applicable to Sonar.  I guess in may work in Home Studio, too.  If it does not work I suggest you to contact Home Studio support, or post a message on its support forum.

Actually, this dropout a 'feature' of CurveEQ simply because CurveEQ calculates its internal parameters during processing the audio thus overloading CPU for a very short period of time.  Home Studio tends to think it is a dropout.


Also have in mind that Curve EQ is a pretty complex and CPU heavy EQ which is not exactly designed to be inserted in each track.  In fact, I use Curve EQ only for mastering and for surgery, when a single track needs it.

You might want to try other less-CPU-intensive EQ's for mixing.  Maybe Gliss-EQ would suit you (I haven't really used it).  My personal favorite is the WaveArts TrackPlug.  It's actually a channel strip (Gate-EQ-Compressor), but it's very transparent and very CPU-efficient.  I can easily have 32 tracks each with a TrackPlug with a much lower spec'ed computer than yours (Pentium 4, 1.4 Ghz, 256 Mb).  The TrackPlug is a bit expensive ($150) but they offer a 50% discount for students and teachers, and for $75, it's totally worth it.

For mastering, though, go definitely with your CurveEQ.

Apologies to Aleksey for advertising non-Voxengo stuff :)


I would also suggest to use other than CurveEQ equalizer for general equalization purposes.  Voxformer or GlissEQ is a better (as more practical) channel equalizer choice.
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