After my previous post discussing a move back to Cubase from Logic, but expressing my concern with latency and running very low buffers on a Mac, I’m now using Cubase 6 and am determined to get the best possible performance I can out of it.
I am concerned that I am getting the “CPU Overload / Audio drop-out detected” message already… my current project has three tracks:
Virtual instrument running Kontakt - using Native Instruments Studio Drummer on this track, to record some drum parts using my Roland V-Drum kit as the input device.
Acoustic piano (audio) track, with compression (the standard compressor that comes with Cubase 6)
One MIDI track, sending data to an external synth (my Prophet 08, in this case).
So we’re not looking at a very complex project at all!
Here is some other info that may help diagnose the problem:
- I am using a RME UFX interface, over USB
- I have set the buffer at 64 samples, to get low-latency performance for inputting the drum track (virtual instrument, as above)
- My Mac is a Mac Pro Quad 2.66, with 12 GB of RAM
- I have tried using “constrain delay compensation”, but this turns of the drum compression.
So we’re looking at a very very small project, with only a couple of effects running. Admittedly I am using a very low buffer, but with only one VST, one audio and a MIDI track, this should really not be a problem!
What I am hoping for is some advice from other Mac users regarding any of the Cubase 6 preferences I may be able to tweak in order to get better performance at this low latency.
I am really concerned that as the project gets more complex, I will have even more of these error messages and won’t be able to keep working.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have!