Hello dear SSP community,
I’ve spent a lot of time with the SSP, creating instruments and patches that can be controlled by
CV over USB.
You can use VCV Rack, FL Studio’s CV controller, Ableton’s CV tools or my personal favourite, Bitwig’s “The Grid” to stream CV, Gates and Triggers to your SSP and control your patches. It’s crazy to have that amount of control over your CV, and to be able to save sets of CV modulation as quick as on a computer.
It’s an extremely versatile and inspiring sort of workflow; You can switch through SSP presets and your set of CV modulation will affect it in unwanted ways; or you can switch through your CV modulation presets on your PC, sending entirely new data to your SSP with one click of your mouse.
As wonderful as this setup is, and in my opinion, groundbreaking; as frustrating it is when reality kicks in.
I cannot get clean audio over USB streaming on the SSP at all. There is always clicks/pops/glitches. I do need to run more tests, using older SSP firmware; but I’m pretty sure this has to do with Windows and drivers.
I have tried DAW Reaper, FL Studio, Ableton and Bitwig. I have tried drivers WASAPI, Asio4All, FlexAsio, Asio2WASAPI, AsioLink, Jack Audio…
The way I test for pops and clicks: I use Reaper, and choose WASAPI audio driver. Or use Bitwig and choose Asio4All/FlexAsio.
I send a sinewave to the masterchannel of my DAW. Per default, master channel of any DAW is going to the Inputs of the SSP channel 1-2 if SSP is selected as Input device.
Then on the SSP, you route inputs 1-2 to your preferred output; in my case I use SSP Out 7-8. These two channels then go into a simple monitor knob which goes to my speakers, no software needed.
I get 20-30 seconds of click free audio streaming at max, even with WASAPI on 2048 buffersize. This is quite concerning, and I have lived with that pop for a while now, like, a year. There is always a loud pop coming around the corner.
If you don’t send an ongoing sinewave, but only bursts of sinewaves, the audio clicks are less frequent. Still, one click per minute is in my opinion too much.
I cannot imagine how complicated the world of audio is, and thus I might not know enough - but for an enduser, the SSP and Windows are a problem, they won’t get along.
So, my question to you, the Windows users that own an SSP: Can you confirm my problem?
Have you managed to use any DAW with any driver out there to get clean audio over USB streaming?
Or you, dear Mac users, did you have a flawless experience using the Coreaudio driver?