I’ve been fighting with the error that reports something like “Disk cannot keep up with Adour”. It is very frustrating because Ardour will be tracking fine and just seem to randomly quit and give me a dialog with this error.
All I’m doing with Ardour (so far) is tracking the band in rehearsal with a Yeti USB mic in stereo mode. I will record our originals in rehearsals, then, after rehearsal, clean up the tracks, eq, Jamin, reverb, and export for conversion to MP3 files to burn on a disk and listen to in the car. This has been a great tool for developing our original songs.
For now, I’ve adjusted my workflow and am using Audacity to track. I set this up with a fresh Ubuntu 12.4 install and tried it last rehearsal with no disk writing issues. It’s not convenient since I then have to export the tracks from Audacity and the import them into Ardour to do my tweaking.
I have to say that I am super impressed with Ardour and have learned a ton since starting to work with it about 6 months ago. Also, I really want to resolve the issue I have so I can do everything in Ardour. I also have thoughts about doing some more formal recordings of the band as I learn more. So, I am going to post a bunch of info on my set up and what I have tried to resolve it in case someone in the community thinks they know where I have screwed up or overlooked the solution. . . .
My hardware: Second hand Dell Latitude E6400, Core duo - 2.67, 2G ram, 180G (or so) HD. Yeti USB mic. And that’s about it. Pretty basic set-up.
OS: I have tried Ubuntu Studio (10.10), DreamStudio (11.4), and currently running the current AVLinux.
I have the drive partitioned with OSs on small partitions and one large partition used for project files.
Now, I know a laptop with a USB interface with a single HD for both the OS and the project files is not the ideal set-up, but, remember, all I’m doing to live recording of one stereo track.
I tried using a 8G flash drive for the project files because I read one claim that vibration from the music can cause the HD to get confused (specifically, parking due to sensing of vibration) and respond more slowly. Switching to the flash drive did not resolve the issue.
I’ve tried adjusting the CPU scaling control based on a suggestion from the IRC. No luck.
I’ve tried multiple Linux implementations (see above) with no luck.
I’ve adjusted Jack settings multiple times. For what I’m doing, I don’t care about latency so I have used fairly conservative settings. My latest settings were 512/3.
I’ve probably missed some things I have tried but I can’t think of them now.
Am I missing something fundamental? Is the error message misleading me to some extent?
I would be happy to provide additional troubleshooting details.