to set the stage a bit the main way I use the octatrack is for live input and live re-sampling. I have a project set up I have been using for a while (different variations of it over the past year or two) where there are 3 tracks+buffers set up with flex machines that continuously record live input (1 stereo input, 2 mono inputs) and I have the master track buffer set to continuously record the main outputs. These 4 buffers record 4 bars maximum. I run the octatrack mk1 at 24bit. The other 4 tracks are set to flex machines and buffers that will only record when activated manually.
I have 2 octatrack mk1s, and they both exhibit the same behavior where when I first start the sequencer when using this project, the first bar or two is very quiet before the octatrack kicks into full volume on the main outs. A few times here and there one of the channels (seems to be mainly the left channel) will be completely silent, and take a bar or two to ‘kick in’.
it’s not really an issue per se, since I basically start the sequencer when I turn my units on and as long as the sequencer keeps running it’s all good - it only happens when stopping and re-starting the sequencer, but it’s pretty annoying. For a while I thought I was having cable issues or mixer issues or something and it took a while to track down
mostly I’m curious if anyone is able to replicate this issue or has experienced this issue - I would assume someone should be able to, since it happens on both of my mk1s. I’m also curious if the mk2 does this. I have experienced this phenomenon with the most recent OS as well as 1.25H
my suspicion is that my heavy-duty live-input and continuous recording approach is choking a data bus or processor
few things I need to investigate
- how much additional output latency my live-input approach is creating vs. thru machines vs. direct inputs (with delay compensation turned off)
- if the headphone and cue outputs show the same behavior
- if 16bit exhibits this issue
- set all the flex machines to continuously record and output live feeds to see if that makes things worse
probably a few other things I could look into. any and all thoughts appreciated! I can and already do work around this issue, but I would like to understand things more deeply so I can make better and more informed decisions about how I want to configure and use the octatrack