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Frequently asked questionsAudio and MIDI FAQs ► Patching an effect into SONAR causes a dropout

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Use the Bounce to clips command to mix down clips that contain a lot of edits (clip effects, automation, AudioSnap, etc). Doing so will decrease the amount of data your system has to process simultaneously. For details, see Bouncing to clips.
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Open the C:\Cakewalk Projects\Picture Cache folder and delete its contents (do not delete the folder itself). Doing so will free up disk space so SONAR may perform more efficiently.
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Go to Edit > Preferences > Audio - Configuration File.
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In the Properties list, scroll down to the property named ExtraPluginBufs.
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Change the value of ExtraPluginBufs to 1.
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Click OK to close the Preferences dialog box, then try to insert the effect that caused the dropout.
If you still experience a dropout, change the value of ExtraPluginBufs to 2. Continue to double the value of this variable until you reach 128 (4, 8, 16, 32, etc.). If a value of 128 does not fix the problem, it is time to try something else. For more information about potential dropout causes, see Dropouts and other audio problems.
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