Audio file example (recorded on an iPhone pointed at my studio monitors):
This is an Apogee Quartet set to 256 samples, 7ms latency. Mac Pro 8-core 2.66GHz, 16GB RAM. Kontakt is the only VST in use on this project, eating up 4.6GB or RAM only. As I start to bump up samples to 384, the problem diminishes noticeably. Here I thought my machine could handle this—guess not! And the Apogee Quartet manual recommends 128 samples, which was even worse!
So am I delusional that my system should be able to handle 128 or 256 samples smoothly?