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Can I prevent Studio One to play these short audible clicks/ticks/snaps when stopping transport?

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asked Mar 12, 2018 in Studio One 3 by basmeijer (6,450 points)
edited Mar 12, 2018 by basmeijer
I have lived with this already a long time using Studio One 3, but now it is time to clarify this.

When pressing stop or operate transport related changes in any form, like jogging of rewind / fast forwarding, while Studio One 3 is playing, there is a high chance that you will hear an audible "click" sound (short audio spike).

It kind of bothers me a bit and this started from day 1. One also cannot say that it is very good for your monitors these HF spikes.

This is perhaps caused because it abruptly goes from a waveform to zero, although it is not really audible when starting playback. This would explain why playback is finished with it, or not when the waveform is on or near the center (no signal).

There must be something simple to do about it. Other DAW applications that I have experience with do not have this. Perhaps a short fade in/out through its outputs?

I use a RM32AI for playback.

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answered May 21, 2018 by AlexTinsley (924,900 points)
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This is referred to as a "zero crossing error" it is most often related to device driver peformance. However you said this only happens with Studio One and not other DAWs make sure you're on the right firmware / driver combination for the OS that you're using. If you're still having issues, we ask you please log a support ticket so a support tech can further assist.

Moved this from Feature Request to Questions.
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answered Mar 12, 2018 by robertgray3 (42,610 points)
An option for a short (10 ms?) fade in or fade out for audio tracks on playback stop or start would be very welcome.
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answered Mar 17, 2018 by danielbayer (2,980 points)
For me Studio One also produces pops/clicks when I activate/deactivate plugins or Solo mode on  a channel. This is very annoying and really should not happen with a DAW.
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answered Mar 19, 2018 by jonnylipsham (14,860 points)
This, to me, sounds like a RAM/CPU processing issue, not a DAW problem. I have used Studio One since v.2.6 and never encountered this problem at all, and I am a pro user, using it for 16-18 hours per day.
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answered Mar 19, 2018 by basmeijer (6,450 points)
I can hardly think of a lack of RAM or CPU on a system equiped with 16GB / i7 4-core. I have never heard this issue with Logic, ProTools, Reaper and other DAW applications since I have been running these from the 90's onwards on many-many systems with WAY less memory or CPU power. Or what you mean is that Studio One can only run smooth if you have an outstanding system performance available, which is unclear what this would be.

I also experienced the similair behaviour on a much older iMac 2-core with 4 GB. With a single track this is OK, with multiple tracks "tick tack toe...".
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answered Mar 25, 2018 by robertgray3 (42,610 points)

I'm on board for fade outs on playback stop if we don't already have this but after reading a little more of your issues something jumped out at me.

You said the problem wasn't there with 1 track but was there with more tracks. That does sound suspiciously like an issue beyond track fade outs, as you said it is exacerbated by multiple tracks. basmeijer, I think you should create a tiny test project where you can demonstrate this behavior and use a loopback and another DAW  to record the monitoring output of your interface. REAPER's pretty lightweight and you mentioned it before, so that might work for this. Then if you file a support ticket with the test project, and maybe a screencap with LICE Cap or something like it to show what the circumstances of the spikes are, then that would give support more to go off.

Good luck!

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answered Mar 28, 2021 by Annibale Hexe (4,660 points)
Same issue here ! I thought it was a show page related problem (when moving from one section to another) until I realized that I have it everywhere.