what does the volume meter at the top right of Vital look like when you bang on your keys? it could be that the presets you’re using are a bit too loud and are hard clipping at the sound card. a solution could be to turn down the volume at the top right of Vital if that meter is turning red and save the preset. I think Vital could use a limiter option for the main output for this reason.
imho this definitely is not a “musical” overdrive distortion but definitely a cpu overload
to me that’s the classic cpu crackle
what you can do is:
a) obviously a newer stromger system
b) increase audio-buffer sizes
the more buffer the more latency (not funny to play in realtime) but the more time the cpu has for processing the less crackle
c) decrease kHz samplerate
for example 96kHz is a lot more demanding than 44.1
i’m a mac guy - so i can’t help you with wintel tipps
I just downloaded the ASIO4ALL driver today and that seems to be doing the trick along with lowering the sample rate and increasing the buffer.
Looks like I’m out of the woods with this issue and the problem is solved.
Thanks for your help everyone!
Now I’ve got to try and get the hang of using Reaper.
Audacity seemed a lot more straight forward in terms of selecting, copying/pasting, repeating track segments to complete songs etc but I’m sure I’ll figure out the nuances of Reaper once I get certain settings working like I’ve become accustomed and familiarize myself with the basics,
Being able to incorporate VSTs is opening up a whole new world.