BTW: I am running on a 2 year old iMac with 8GB memory and 800gB free disc space.
Koz- to answer your questions.
In other words, Headphone Out and Stereo Line-In.
You inadvertently encountered an alternate troubleshooting technique. Can you make it worse or change it? Answer: Yes.
The MIDI thing may have been a red herring. I’m now back to lots of small skips.
Describe how you’re listening. Built-in iMac speakers? Headphones? External sound system? USB sound device?
Mostly headphones plugged into the headphone jack because I can hear what I’m editing best this way.
Guess at the number of seconds in the gap and the approximate spacing.
They generally sound like the length of a pop from a vinyl recording, sometimes a little longer. One time substantially longer. At first I thought it was an artifact from “Click Repair”, but on replay there is nothing there.
Audacity > Preferences > Devices > Playback: Built-In Output.
That’s what mine says. What’s yours?
Yup, that’s what mine says.
Go > Utilities > Activity Monitor > Title CPU > view: My Processes.
Import or load any stereo audio show into Audacity and set it to continuous play, Shift-SpaceBar. Bring Activity Monitor to the front and make sure it says My Processes. Click the %CPU column.
Capture the Monitor Window, Shift-Command-4 and draw a box around the window. Post the picture here. Enclosed is what mine looks like. Yes it’s unusual. I had a zip process crash and it left “ditto” pounding 99% of one processor. Note that Audacity is playing my clip with 18% of one processor (yours will not look exactly like this).
We’ve been looking for someone who can reliably get it to break so we can figure out what’s gone wrong. Are you up for this? You have to promise if you accidentally fix it, you post what you did.
I get it pretty reliably. So here’s my latest data point. I just loaded my last transcription to get the screen capture of the Activity Monitor, and it has not skipped at all. When I played it back after immediately recording it, it was chock full of skips. There may be something related to the amount data in memory, playback following a recording, … I will have to investigate this further, trying different process sequences. I’ll also try to capture the activity monitor when it’s actually skipping.
I am aware some people have had success reloading Mavericks. Since that is a 3-4 hour process, it will have to wait for a snow day.
I tried 50 msec buffer size. No difference.