I can’t see that this has been discussed before, but please direct me if this is a known issue or work as designed.
I have a project with some lead and backing vocals on several tracks being comped using the track lanes function. After comping I touch up the vocals with Melodyne to adjust pitch and timing, on the same track without rendering to a new track, which works well enough. However, the ARA-folder becomes gigantic compared to the audio material it is editing.
The vocal takes total around 1.5GB in total and in general I have 5 takes per track over numerous tracks. Naturally, I can only use 1 take per track in total, so that takes the effective use of vocal tracks down to around 300mb (1500/5). The way I understand Melodyne, is that it makes a copy “seamlessly” through the ARA protocol, which I then edit using Melodyne in Cubase. So, I can accept that the ARA folder becomes as big as the audio I’m editing (300mb) plus some overhead, let’s be generous and make it an even 400mb. But the ARA-folder is 10GB! 25 times the size of what I would expect. Maybe I can accept that it copies all audio on all track lanes, which then, with the overhead would take it to 2GB (400mb x 5 lanes). That is still just 20% of the current folder size. So, why does it need to create a 10GB folder from 300mb material? (Also, why are the file names in the ARA-folder gibberish, so there is no way to work out what file belongs to what take? It makes the fault finding mission a lot harder.)
Is this a known issue or is it working as designed? If the latter what can I do to avoid these massive folders in future projects.
Oh, also, it seems like the very large ARA-folder is making the project very sluggish. It has no trouble actually playing the project but struggles with updating the screen and simple things like open a folder track or even stopping playback of a project. I can take a minute for the project to actually respond to other commands again after stopping playback, showing me a nice little spinning wheel instead of my mouse pointer.
Any good ideas on this subject?