Hi, I’m currently working on a project and I’m having some issues with the audio dropping out on a few tracks and my Disk Cache maxing out. It seems a bit weird that it’s doing this because my PC has fairly decent specs and the project isn’t crammed full of VSTs… I recently tried to optimize my PC for music production using this guide - https://www.steinberg.net/en/support/knowledgebase_new/show_details/kb_show/optimizing-windows-for-daws.html because my CPU meter in Cubase has always maxed out with what i feel is very little going on in the project in terms of what my PC should be able to handle, but I reverted the settings back to how they were because I noticed little difference, apart from a louder PC… (If it’s of any help, I disabled Hyperthreading, Speedstep and C-State to no avail).
My PC specs are:
Windows 7 64 bit
Intel Core i7 870 @2.93GHz
1 500GB HDD
1 1TB HDD (Dedicated to my audio files and projects) - I think both my HDDs run at 7200RPM
Soundcard: Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 - I’m using the Focusrite driver, pretty sure it’s the latest update. I’ve also got my buffer length set to 19ms, which is pretty much as far as I can go on the settings.
My DAW and Project specs:
Cubase 7.5.20 64 bit
Project that I’m having problems in has 54 Tracks.
-4 cases of Steinberg’s Compressor
-11 cases of Fabfilter’s Pro-C
-9 cases of Fabfilter’s Pro-Q
-3 cases of Fabfilter’s Saturn
-5 cases of Fabfilter’s Simplon
-1 case of FM8
-1 case of Groove Agent SE
-1 case of Izotope’s Nectar 2
-1 case of Steinberg’s Magneto II
-3 cases of Massive
-2 cases of Steinberg’s Multiband Compressor
-1 case of Steinberg’s REVelation
-1 cases of Steinberg’s Roomworks
-1 case of Voxengo SPAN
-1 case of Rob Papen’s SubBoomBass
-3 cases of D16’s Toraverb
&-1 case of Sugarbyte’s WOW2 filter
I did have a few other things running with some CPU intensive stuff like Kontakt and Guitar Rig, but I bounced these down to audio. That bought my CPU down to about 50% when idle, but didn’t affect my Disk Cache readings or the audio dropouts.
I did also notice my sample rate was set to 88200 in my driver settings, I tried to see if changing it to 44100 would make a difference, but Cubase crashes before I can finish converting my audio files.
Also, I dunno if this makes any difference, but I’ve had my PC since about 2010 and I’ve never connected it to the internet, just to be safe. Would there maybe be some Windows updates that I need that could be affecting this?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.