Hi everyone. Just wondered if I could ask for some advice.
I’ve finally upgraded my PC and have purchased a custom built pro audio system.
Here is the spec:
i9 9900k (running at stock for now, will overclock later if needed)
Be quiet! Dark Rock PRO 4 cooler
My audio interface is my older 1st gen Scarlet 6i6. I only need one mic input. Everything else is ‘in the box’.
The PC has been tweaked by the company and optimised for music, and I’ve done a few of my own Windows tweaks (the usual ones regarding power etc), but something seems very off with my performance in Cubase 10.
In Latencymon, the PC is shown as being capable of handling audio, and all the bars are small and green after running the test repeatedly for 10 minutes at a time. Not spikes or blips.
In CPU-Z all cores and threads are showing, and when I check the CPU temp, it’s happily running at 28-32 degs. All good.
In Cubase, multi-core is checked, Asio Guard is set to normal.
The only software installed on the SSD is Cubase 10 Pro and my Komplete 12 U Collectors Edition and all my fx plugins etc.
The thing is, while I’m not getting any spikes or drop outs, my performance in Cubase 10 Pro seems quite poor…on par with what I was getting with my 10 year old PC before I upgraded - so given that the PC is brand new, completely up to date with drivers and firmware and meant for large projects, I’m beginning to wonder if my older Scarlet 6i6 Asio drivers are wonky and causing issues.
For example, last night I made a very small project: 3 x Kontakt instances (piano, bass, drum kit) and a pad loaded up in Hive. Straight away my performance meter was almost at half-way along, and got worse when I added a couple of Pro Q3s. When I raised the buffer, nothing changed. When I upped the Asio guard to high, nothing changed.
Interestingly, no matter what sample rate I choose, I only have the same few buffer settings to chose from the control panel (max 1024) so something seems weird. I’m sure I should have more options.
I really don’t want to start bouncing to audio on such a small project - that was the whole reason I upgraded from my 10 year old Win 7 dinosaur!
So basically, I can only wonder if my older Focusrite Scarlet 6i6 first gen and it’s latest driver is letting the system down.
Unfortunately, Focusrite don’t hold older drivers on their site for me to confirm this, but after a streeful few days trying find an answer, I’m looking at buying either the Steinberg UR242 or a Native Instruments interface to see if either of those work better.
Just wondered what anyone else thought? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! I truly don’t think it’s anything to do with the PC. It’s running cool, quiet and is amazingly fast…but surely I should be getting better performance than this…
Thanks for reading!