Audio Interface for Best ASIO Performance

Hello All,

I’m looking for guidance on an ASIO problem. Here in the issue, I’ve got a fairly big orchestral template (about 35 tracks) that I’m running in Cubase 6 on a Mac running OSX 10.6.8. My Mac Pro has plenty of horse power to for the job (8 Core 2.66 Ghz with 24 GB of RAM). Plus I run most of my VSTs from a custom PC running Vienna Ensemble Pro. My Mac reads 17GB free RAM when my template is loaded. My problem is my ASIO meter in Cubase is going nuts and I’m getting pops in my audio even with the buffer set to 512. I use an M-Audio FastTrack Pro as my audio interface.

Is it time to upgrade the interface? Any suggestions on what I can do to improve the ASIO performance?

Quick Summary.
Mac Pro 8 Core 2.66 GHz
24 BG Ram
OSX 10.6.8
Cubase 6
M-Audio Fast Track Pro Audio Interface
Buffer Set to 512
ASIO Meter going Nuts



Maybe this could be helpful.


Clicks/Pops During Playback

First, if you have changed your driver midway through a project, please set Cubase to your original driver.
This often causes clicks and delays during playback.

Confirm that you are using the driver recommended by your hardware manufacturer. Otherwise use the ASIO4ALL driver, which is free at >> . Set it up by navigating to Devices>Device Setup>VST Audio System. At the top you can choose your driver.

You should also raise the latency slider to 2048 samples in your driver’s control panel and see if that helps.

Please run this on your system: >
It is safe and free; I have run it on my own computer.

Also check this out for optimizing your Windows: > > … Optimizing

For Mac: >

Other ways:
(Remove CPU hungry VSTi’s
(Change USB ports
(Stop running background tasks
(Use a powered USB hub or connect directly to a computer

If none of this fixes it, most likely it’s time for a new computer.

-from our Forum Knowledgebase.

or better yet this.


Yes get rid of this card :wink: since i spend a bit on an “older” pci RME card i am happy.

All tuning and settings tricks didn^t worl for me and i needed maudio FTP to run with 1024 buffer or more.

Greetz Bassbase