We are very glad that the Cubasis team has managed to fulfil a long-term user request, to release Cubasis for Android smartphones and tablets.
Please note that the overall performance of Cubasis depends on various factors, such as the processor, disk speed, available disk space and RAM of your device in use, as well as the engine buffering setting, and the number of tracks, instruments and effects used in your project.
A few observations:
• Older devices obviously reach their limits substantially sooner than current generation models
• CPU-demanding instruments and/or effects significantly increase the system load and decrease the responsiveness
• Running multiple apps in parallel can increase the system load drastically
• Low values for Engine Buffering (located under Setup/Audio) can aggravate the problem, while higher values can help to reduce the system load (but increase the latency).
If you encounter problems, we recommend to open the “System Info” (last tab in the inspector), and start the project playback.
Here, if you encounter DSP spikes, read on to learn how to easily get around these issues.
Cubasis offers many options and possibilities to avoid performance problems:
• Choose a higher Engine Buffering value in the setup
• Update your device to the latest Android OS. For example, Android 10 might solve issues that exist on a device running Android 9.
• Close all apps by swiping them away in the app switcher
• Reboot your Android smartphone or tablet from time to time
• Try using Cubasis while charging your device. Some devices decrease CPU speed to save battery power when they are not connected to a charger.
• Use Track Freeze to render CPU/DSP demanding instrument and/or effect plug-in tracks into audio tracks
• Where possible, insert effect plug-ins as send effects, to use a single plug-in for multiple tracks
• Reduce the number of instruments and/or effect plug-ins used in the project
• When using Micrologue, reduce its polyphony
• Try to switch Studio Quality (under Setup / Audio) on (and maybe off again), this resets the audio engine and can lead to better performance on some devices.
• If you experience stuttering while scrolling in the arranger, enable Low Waveform Quality under Setup / Arranger.
• Make sure there are several GB (ideally more than 20%) of free disk space available. Disk performance is reduced if the disk space is close to full
• Find a good balance of instruments and sounds that does not stress the CPU too much
We hope these steps are helpful to keep the performance of your Android device powerful, while putting your focus on making great music with Cubasis!