I updated my studio recently and am in the process of updating a couple hundred Cubase projects. I’m also backing each project up to reorganize things and to purge orphaned audio files dating back to Cubase 8. It’s tedious but long overdue.
Here’s the problem I’m running into: When I load a project, update it, back it up, and then close Cubase, everything works fine. However, when I perform those operations on three or more projects in succession - that is, without closing Cubase in-between - Cubase gets wonky. Symptoms are different each time but all appear to relate to memory failures. Sometimes, a VSTi throws a memory error while loading samples. Sometimes, Cubase displays a memory error or a routine function, like the “Save As…” dialog will stop functioning. If I ignore the symptoms and continue on, Cubase eventually crashes or Windows throws a BSOD with the stop code, “Memory Management.” Sometimes, restarting Cubase is enough to clear minor symptoms up. Other times, a system reboot is required.
I reported this to Steinberg US Support and, to their credit, they were prompt and responsive. But, when they saw my BSOD screen capture, they dismissed it as a Windows or hardware problem, explaining that Cubase couldn’t throw a BSOD like that. I respect their evaluation but find it difficult to accept, given that Cubase is the only program that exhibits these problems and only when used in the specific manner I described. Personally, I suspect a memory leak. But, again, I could be wrong. Fortunately, we can easily verify it.
If anybody has a moment, could you please try this simple test and report your findings:
- Launch Cubase 11
- Load a project - a small project is probably fine, but for comparison, most of my projects are quick riffs that incorporate just a couple of MIDI and audio tracks, a guitar amp sim, convolution reverb, and a delay. Many incorporate a piano or other sample-heavy VSTi, but not all.
- Backup the project
- Close the project (but not Cubase)
- Repeat Steps 2-4 for 6+ projects
I typically see problems after the third or fourth project (on a very powerful computer). Again, the symptoms are inconsistent, so simply watch for anything screwy. And if it doesn’t stop you, press on - if my assumptions are correct, things will get worse. I can’t seem to get beyond six projects without a crash or a mandatory reboot.
Any assistance is greatly appreciated!