So, I was waiting for Cubase 9 to see if they optimized the engine and overall performance. Unfortunately no.
I began to experiment with the idea and huge benefits of a Disable/Enable orchestral template. However, Cubase simply cannot have more than about 50 or so Kontakt instances on Mac. The minute I get to about 53 to 55 instances, Cubase’s realtime peak goes crazy and the system becomes unusable.
At about 50 instances, the performance meter sits at about 40-45% on my 2010 8core Mac pro (2.4). The moment I exceed 53 or so Kontakt instances, the performance meter gets slammed in red.
As a test, I went to Reaper, and was able to load 158 instances of Kontakt! I ran out of Ram, and couldn’t test to load more. But at 158 instrument-loaded instances of Kontakt, Reapers performance meter was idling at 14%!
This is insanely frustrating. No doubt, Cubase is my favorite DAW. But performance differences of this magnitude will definitely make it very difficult to justify staying with Steinberg.
Here is a user who has an identical problem on Windows: