Thanks for the welcome, Paul! I really appreciate all of your prompt responses.
@dhj, the wiring was just straight from the audio interface guitar in, into its stereo outs (monitored by headphones). I tried 44100, as well as 48000 sample rate, trying many different buffer sizes with each. It does seem to be the case that it is only happening with the Focusrite driver, although I didn’t experiment enough with Asio4all to know for sure there were no dropouts.
After reading your question about other devices running audio software @pianopaul, it gave me the idea to try disabling the Focusrite speakers as a windows playback device. There are also the settings “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device,” and “Give exclusive mode applications priority,” which I thought I had disabled earlier, but they were checked so I disabled them again. I just tried playing both my midi keyboard and guitar again in GP4 (48000 and 192 buffer), and did not notice any dropouts! So either that has greatly reduced them, or eliminated them! I wish I had posted to this forum sooner! Any idea what is going on here? Are there any other steps I should take to prevent this from happening?
Ah okay, yes it seems like there are very limited options on Windows if it is not built in to your device. For now I have no need to use multiple applications with my interface, just having GP4 working is all I need! I will try to route between GP4 and VCVRack, as well as Reaper for recording, but I am not sure if I will need a multi-client driver for that. I just got the interface last month, so I should have the latest driver. I just re-installed it though, just to be sure. Thanks!
Ah, I thought it was familiar! Somehow it reverted or I did not save it somehow. I went as far as to disable the device from that control panel entirely. It seems to be much more stable now, thankfully.
Yes, thank you so much for providing that resource. I’ve found it very helpful. I’m not sure how many others have had the same issue as me, but it might be helpful to include some info about the symptoms, and the fact that the settings may revert.
Ah thank you yes! I have heard about this. The focusrite interface also has a “loopback” function that enables inputs from cpu audio, I will also explore that as an option when I get to that point in setting things up.
This is always a good idea as allowing Windows to use your audio device for system sounds at the same time you’re playing is really NEVER a good idea for many reasons, including device overloading which you most likely experienced because Windows used your audio interface.