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#442680 - 12/04/17 08:12 PM [RealBand] Forced to ditch PTW - RB convert
Garth Bird Offline

Registered: 06/16/17
Posts: 30
Loc: Perth, Australia
Just purchased an Irig Keys midi controller.
Found bad latency when building a song midi file in Power Tracks 2016.
Tried ASIO but unable to play and record at same time.

Bit the bullet and tried RealBand 2018 with its WAS driver.
Wow!! Play and record works fine with almost undetectable latency on the keys input.

Thanks Jeff and all at PG Music.

Windows 10 Workstation PC and laptop. BB2018 Ultraplus.
Casio Arranger keyboard. Yamaha stage piano. Various guitars. Audacity. Irig Keys Controller.

#442695 - 12/05/17 12:47 AM [RealBand] Re: Forced to ditch PTW - RB convert [Re: Garth Bird]
VideoTrack Offline

Registered: 06/05/12
Posts: 7914
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Thanks for relating your findings. Yes the WAS driver is a very welcome addition.

BIAB, RB 2018(Audiophile), Sonar Platinum, Izotope Prod. Bundle, Roland RD-1000, Synthogy Ivory, Kontakt, Focusrite 18i20, KetronSD2, KorgX3R, RodeNGT2, AM802mixer, NS40M Studio Monitors, Pioneer Active Mons, AKG K271 Studio H'phones

#444771 - 12/13/17 12:21 AM [RealBand] Re: Forced to ditch PTW - RB convert [Re: Garth Bird]
jazzmammal Offline

Registered: 06/08/05
Posts: 6448
Loc: Redondo Beach, Ca.
Glad RB is working for you but there's no problem with PT, all you missed is checking the box "ASIO always on" in the audio drivers window. Do that and you can hear and record at the same time. It's the same thing with RB if you use ASIO but as you found out WAS is just as good.

Biab/RB latest build, Win 10 64 bit, Intel 4770, 256 Gig SSD, 16 Gigs Ram, Roland Sonic Cell, Kurzweil PC3, Hammond SK1, Korg PA1XPro, Garritan JABB, Hypercanvas, Sampletank 3, more.

#448071 - 12/30/17 12:42 PM [RealBand] Re: Forced to ditch PTW - RB convert [Re: jazzmammal]
silvertones Offline

Registered: 05/13/03
Posts: 7178
I play 4 days a week and prefer PT. Less resources etc. More stable.
Create songs in RB.
ESI Gigaport HD+
Lenovo Turion II /4 Gig Ram/ Win7x64
15.6" Monitor
"The only Band is a Real Band"


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