Here's a little tip for everyone out there,
The virus connects via USB as we all know,
But...... USB has a flaw.
Unlike Firewire, USB shares its bandwidth with all the other ports on the same card. (eg. PCI Card)
For a while when I first got my TI it was great, but when I had a good few parts playing together I was experiencing dropouts, I'm sure everyone has had this issue and its a pain in the arse.
The thing is that if you have, say, your TI, USB audio interface, Midi keyboard, and any other USB connectable devices hooked up to your computer together, they are all going to be sharing the same amount of bandwidth between them (if of course those ports all lead to the same card).
Something I did which really helped the performance of my TI, was to buy additional USB2 ports for my PC in the form of a PCI Card, just for my virus. Some might say that's a bit extreme, why should you have to do such a thing in the first place? Unfortunately, its the nature of USB.
USB devices cant take all the bandwidth for themselves unlike firewire, which is a real shame and hopefully will be sorted out when USB3 is available.
Anyway, I bought myself a USB2 x 5 and Firewire x 2 port PCI Card, and I can say that I am getting the utmost power from my TI beause it is the only thing I have connected to that card at the moment.
And for a measly price of about £6 for the extra ports I think that's quite good really. That money could of easily been spent on fags or booze.
If you have the extra PCI slots to play with that's always a good option to bear in mind if your virus is always kicking up a fuss when you load that 3rd, 4th or even 5th part into your tune.