Topic: Babyface/TotalMix FX Locking Up
I purchased a Snow Edition Babyface back at the beginning of this year, and up until now, it's been excellent. I use it for mic/guitar recordings, as well as a headphone amp for a pair of AKGs.
However, about a month ago it started locking up on me. What happens is: I'll plug it in, and it'll work fine for about five to ten minutes. Then, regardless of whether or not I'm listening to music, TotalMix FX's line levels (even the meters I'm not using) will spike briefly, and then freeze. If music is playing when this occurs, it cuts out. The only way to stop this freeze is to unplug the Babyface. Once I do that, TotalMix FX returns to normal. (The rest of Windows does not freeze, though I've had videos lock up on me. Either on Youtube or in a media player, etc.) When I plug it back in, the same thing happens again. Only it doesn't take as long as it did initially. Sometimes it happens within a minute.
Here are a few screenshots:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v691/ … 44_042.jpg (Plugged in, no activity)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v691/ … 58_440.jpg (Normal operation)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v691/ … 42_787.jpg (Frozen, and note that even the echo effect's meter spiked despite the fact that it wasn't enabled)
I'm using a year old Windows 7 64-bit machine that I built late last year. It runs without a hitch, and has the latest Windows updates.
The Babyface is running the latest firmware update, which is 201, and the driver version is 1.025. I've tried reverting back to the firmware from the install disk that came with the unit, which was 186 (I think, going off of the top of my head), but it didn't make a difference. If I remember correctly, I don't think I even ever tried updating it until it started giving me trouble.
If it matters, I leave it plugged in to my computer all the time, but sometimes I do disconnect it (if I power down the PC, for example).
Also, I use a single USB cable. But I've tried different ones, including the double ended one that was supplied with the Babyface for extra power if necessary. It didn't make a difference though. I've also tried the various USB ports on the back of my rig. No change.
I've tried adjusting the buffer size from 48 samples (where I normally keep it) to 1024. No difference.
I don't believe the Babyface hardware is dying, but who knows.
If anyone knows of a solution, or can help, I'd truly appreciate it.