I’ve written about this before but for some reason Cubase is completely unusable on one of my machines. Here are the specs:
i7 6700K CPU
Gygabite GA-Z170X-G3 motherboard
Nvidia GTX 750TI
Intel onboard graphics
Avid Eleven Rack
The main issue is that as soon as I press play on any Cubase project the ASIO meter goes nuts with spikes and dropouts. This behavior is isolated to Cubase only. I also use Studio One, Pro Tools and Reaper, and they all work flawlessly, they are all up to date but even the older versions worked great.
I have tried disabling hyper threading, all configurations of ASIO guard, all sample rates/buffer combinations, varying project sizes, turning on/off drivers and components, installing Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, using Cubase 7.5, 8.5 and 9. Cubase 7.5 has the least amount of these issues, but it’s still not stable. I also tried with and without the Nvidia card, and I tied the updated Nvidia drivers, with no difference in performance. These issues are the same regardless of which audio interface I use.
In Studio One and Reaper I made sure to include the Steinberg plugins just so the playing field is level. In my test project Reaper was steady at 26%, S1 at 40% and Cubase was around 50% when it wasn’t spiking all over the place.
The only thing that helps is installing MacOS on this machine, which I would be ok with if Cubase’s video performance in MacOS was acceptable to any degree.
I honestly have no clue whatsoever what is wrong with this combination of hardware and Cubase, I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s unusable, there’s no way to record any audio without constant dropouts, playback is not smooth and it’s just riddled with problems. I’ve been trying to figure this out for a year now while using my backup DAW as my main, but it’s time I figured this out once and for all.