If the red "D" icon is lighting up, is my sound quality suffering?

If the red "D" icon is flashing during my set, are the sound quality of my bounces and resampling (mainly of the Master track) suffering? I cannot hear any audible audio dropouts, nothing like when my cpu spikes and i get a drop in audio. Is there something happening that i cannot hear? Is this something i can solve via settings, or is it something inconsequential to the sound of a final track?

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Garbled Lingo 11 months ago | 0 comments

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  • michael.j.mclaughlin20
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    First of all, the easiest way to fix this problem would be to increase your buffer size.

    If that is not work, read below.

     

    If it is inconsequential to what you are hearing, then it will probably not be consequential to your final bounced track.

    The "D" in the upper right corner lights up whenever there is an audio dropout from any channel in your set. Usually it is not able to find and stream a wav file from your hard drive fast enough, so the set goes on while the hard drive tries to catch up and load your files. It also happens when you have cpu intensive synths that are doing loads of time based calculations, or loading lots of sample based sounds.

    Bottom line is, if you are happy with how it sounds, then it probably sounds pretty good.

    However, if your "D" is lighting up continuously, then that means that you are continuously missing data from at least one channel. That being said, your final mix could be effected by that as it will add everything that you are not hearing from the dropout into your final mix.

    In order to ensure that there is not something wrong with the mix, I would recommend bouncing the audio to wav and just listening to it once and for all outside of live (or in a new and empty set)

    That way, you will be able to determine if the dropout is happening because of some audio dropout, or other cause.

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  • Garbled Lingo
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    Thank you, this is exactly the type of answer i was looking for.  I can't seem to hear any differences between my bounce and the set played from arrangement. Ableton support says that it's strange that the light comes on yet there are no audible dropouts, so i feel like Disk Overload is being triggered by something inconsequential. As long as the overall sound integrity of the master bounce isn't being degraded i'm not concerned.

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  • michael.j.mclaughlin20
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    it could be that the channel is being compressed out of the mix (but that would have to be a whole lot of compression going on) or just a really big silent clip, that drops from silence into silence (like a dummy clip) either of these could cause it. What version of ableton do you have?

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