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(28 replies, posted in Dakota:User Forum)

The 16 bit recording worked fine as soon as I backed off from the 24 bit settings that I had been using with XP. I record through a Mackie 8-bus mixer feeding 8 analog channels into a Behringer ADA8000 8 channel A/D-D/A converter that operates at 24 bits. The ADA sends 8 digital channels via ADAT lightpipe to Dakota. Dakota also sends 8 digital channels to the ADA, which is how the ADA gets its sync. Sonar 8.5 is running the show on my PC which has an Intel i7 processor.

Some of these things may be obvious, but: make sure you have the Windows 7 x64 Dakota driver, and that all your hardware and software settings are compatible. Get all posible user's manuals, troubleshooting guides, forum posts, etc. that apply to your hardware and software, and dig through them for clues. There are a large number of settings, some of which are hidden, that can screw things up.

It's very easy to miss the one tweak out of 20 that fixes the problem, and unfortunately I don't know what that would be in your case. With some persistent sleuthing you should be able to nail it eventually.

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(28 replies, posted in Dakota:User Forum)

I made the switch to Windows 7 x64 and have installed the corresponding beta driver for Dakota. It works well for 16 bit recording, but any attempt to record at 24 bits produces a blast of ugly noise. My A/D converters operate at 24 bits, so I'd like to be able to record at that resolution. 24 bit recording worked fine under Windows XP and the XP driver, but I'm not going back to that. Since I can still record at 16 bits, this isn't a show stopper, but it's a thorn in my side. I know there was a warning about possible problems with 24 bit recording, and I suppose that's it. If this gets fixed, I'd like to know about it right away.

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(28 replies, posted in Dakota:User Forum)

I'd like to add myself to the list of those willing to pay for a Dakota Windows 7 driver. My Dakota has worked flawlessly for many years now. I need to move to Windows 7 soon, but I don't want to pay $400 or more for a Windows 7 compatible alternative to Dakota. I've been waiting for it, but can't wait much longer. If I could get a clue as to when I can expect a windows 7 driver to become available, I could wait for it a little longer. I would really like to stick with the Dakota.