Playback issues...

Hello!

I am currently running Finale 2012, VDL 2.5 and Kontakt player 2.  I am running it on an HP laptop, 2.10 GHz, and 3GB Ram. I am running VDL in stand-alone mode with Finale through the program ";LoopBe"; to connect it all together and it all works great for me.  Some of you may think i'm weird/crazy for running it in stand-alone mode but i have tried and tried to set it up as a plug-in and it just won't work. I have a friend who has been into MIDI for over 12 years and who also uses finale and VDL, so he showed me this simple setup. 

ANYWAY back to the problem. Like i said, it runs great but a lot of the time the playback is pretty stinkin' choppy, especially if i have a full winter percussion score set up.  I have adjusted the latency in Kontakt Player 2 MANY times and it seems to not make a difference at all. :( Is there anyway i can fix this?  Also i was told that if i downloaded the program ASIO4ALL and used it during playback, it would run a lot smoother....so i downloaded it and have no idea how to hook it up to all of this.

So my questions are:
--What are ways to solve choppy playback?
--Would a USB Sound card help this? If so, what kind?
--Is ASIO4ALL even a good idea/will it even help? And if so, how do i set it up?

I appreciate any help i can get!
And sorry of such a long explanation! Just trying to be specific! lol
-Thomas
[quote author=Jim Casella link=topic=4553.msg23624#msg23624 date=1360778332]
The ASIO4All workaround is definitely not typically an ideal working environment. Ideally, you'd be using an audio interface that supports ASIO or WASAPI natively.

If you're running a more current system that supports 64bit, I'd also highly recommend using Kontakt 5 and consider increasing your RAM. Even replacing KP2 with Kontakt 5 should make a big difference since it's a much more robust version of Kontakt and you won't have to fiddle with DFD settings anymore.

If you decide to make the switch to K5, it might be a good idea to consider updating your VDL library to 2.5.5. It's designed to work best with Kontakt 4 or 5.

Choppiness does happen on large scores if your system isn't powerful enough to keep up. Things that usually help are (in order):
1) Non-consumer Audio Interface
2) Plenty of available RAM (especially if running a 64 bit environment)
3) Faster processor
4) Faster hard drive or switch to SSD. Most laptop HDs only spin at 5400rpm.
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I downloaded Kontakt 5 and everytime i use it, after about 10-15 minutes or so, this message pops up (the pic i attached below) and Kontakt crashes. 

what do i do?

The ASIO4All workaround is definitely not typically an ideal working environment. Ideally, you'd be using an audio interface that supports ASIO or WASAPI natively.

If you're running a more current system that supports 64bit, I'd also highly recommend using Kontakt 5 and consider increasing your RAM. Even replacing KP2 with Kontakt 5 should make a big difference since it's a much more robust version of Kontakt and you won't have to fiddle with DFD settings anymore.

If you decide to make the switch to K5, it might be a good idea to consider updating your VDL library to 2.5.5. It's designed to work best with Kontakt 4 or 5.

Choppiness does happen on large scores if your system isn't powerful enough to keep up. Things that usually help are (in order):
1) Non-consumer Audio Interface
2) Plenty of available RAM (especially if running a 64 bit environment)
3) Faster processor
4) Faster hard drive or switch to SSD. Most laptop HDs only spin at 5400rpm.
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