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09-04-2017, 01:51 PM
Hi, I need someone help to use Reaper with M-Track interface.

My gears HW/SW:
PC Desktop Windows10, Intel Core i7 6700K 4 GHz, 16 GB RAM
M-Audio M-Track
Reaper v 5.40

ASIO Buffer Size = 256 sample (tried also with 512)
sample rate = 44100, block size = 256

in recording phase if I select in ASIO4ALL WDM Device List both MTrack IN and MTrack OUT, the recorded track has wrong timing and some overlapped sounds
if I deselect MTrack OUT recording is OK

in playback phase (MTrack OUT selected in ASIO WDM Device list), it's ok if I don't select MTrack IN, but in this way I cannot add tracks.
If I select during playback also MTrack IN, the playback runs in bursts, and not in continuos way, so not usable when I want to have multitrack recording.

It's an headache.
Someone can give advice?

PS : with the same HW and Audacity everything runs without any issues, but I strongly would like to be able to use Reaper

09-05-2017, 12:36 AM
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Audacity doesnt use ASIO as far as I know.
Why are you using ASIO4ALL, a known problem area? Is there no current M-Track ASIO driver?
Alternatively try WASAPI - gotta be better than ASIO4ALL

09-05-2017, 02:52 PM
Thanks for your answers.
Correct, Audacity does not use ASIO.
Effectively M-Audio suggests to use for my M-Track the driver called MTrackQuad.
At the end everything is working!!
I made some comparison.

1) ASIO4ALL driver (with 512 buffer, 256 cause the burst I had) seems the worst in term of latency (11/16ms) and stability of the system. Do not know why but my system has some crashes.
2) MTrackQuad ASIO Driver, block size 256, better latency (8,1/8,1ms), no issues
3) WASAPI in Exclusive mode, block size 256, better latency (5,8/11ms), no issues

I will do some further tests on 2) and 3) to try to understand which is really better, if any.I think I'm going to buy my Reaper license.

Thanks again

09-05-2017, 11:13 PM
To give you a better understanding, ASIO4ALL is a wrapper that fools your computer (and of course Reaper or any other DAW) into thinking wave out or asimilar is a true ASIO audio format. It is a complete kludge and is to be avoided unless you have no alternative.
And like I said, WASAPI will gwenwerally givwe you far better, more reliable results if you have no proper ASIO device.

Have fun!