I’m a newcomer to these forums, but I’ve been using Cubase for quite a while. I recently upgraded to the full retail Cubase 6.5.
I’ve got a fairly decent PC …
Intel i7 920 Processor
Foxconn Flaming Blade Motherboard
8GB RAM DDR3
1 TB 7200 HD (split into partitions)
WINDOWS 7 64 bit
My Audio interface is a Firewire Focusrite Saffire 14 (with latest drivers installed).
Cubase runs perfectly fine, no crashes etc. My CPU meter can handle loads of plug ins, tracks. My only problem is that when I have a project with about 25- 30 tracks of audio the Disk Cache Overload meter starts spiking on playback.
Usually it’ll play it fine for about a minute then it’ll slowly start to creep up until I get stuttering and dropouts.
I’ve experimented and if I reduce the tracks to say 20, it’ll play fine. 25 and above seems to be it’s limit.
Btw these tracks have no plug ins inserted, just plain audio going to a seperate group track.
I’ve increased the disc preload to 6 seconds and it’s still happening. I also increased the buffer on the interface from it’s standard 512 to 1024 and although the cashe overload improved a bit, it also made latency unbareable for recording.
So I’m wondering what the solution would be? I’ve looked at de-fragging the HD, but windows says its 0% fragged.
Would you guys recommend buying an external hard drive? Right now I have one internal HD which is split into two partitions. C:/ houses my programs, windows 7/Cubase etc and D:/ is where I save my cubase sessions and other documents. Could this be causing a problem?
Any advice would be REALLY appreciated! Thanks in advance.