Experiencing frequent crashes, high cpu use while using multiple versions of Cubase READ THIS
Especially when you have multiple versions of Cubase installed like me, and upgraded over time.
The problem(s) I was experiencing:
High cpu-use, crashes, hanging on exit, long startup and loading time of Cubase 8.5.30,
and a very subtle "dullness"or “cheapness”, “lack of open sound” kind of sound quality.
What I found as a 100% working solution to all this (that has been bothering me for a long time, using Cubase…):
Don’t just delete the preferences of" a version of Cubase" you are having troubles with:
example: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Steinberg\Cubase 8.5
But delete the whole steinberg folder, this one:
(do make a backup first please…)
To test if you have a problem that is solved by above actions you will have to make a “live recording” of your stereo out while recording an input signal.
I myself can do this by creating a digital loop in my sound card, sending the L-R mix there, and then choosing this looped input as the source for a stereo track. (mute it in the mixer or you will get feedback!)
open a new file,
create a mono track routed to L-R,
Create a stereo track, assign the looped L-R mix to it as input, mute it in the mixer.
Record something (heeeeeee) with a mike.
Now put the recorded stereo mix out of phase, and try to find the point where it cancels with the Cubase mix by adjusting the delay in the inspector. If everything is OK, it should “null” perfect at the right delay setting. (use pan law 0db in project settings to get a perfect “null”, all other settings do not null 100% (bug?))
In my case, this was not possible, I always ended up with a constant changing, chorusing kind of sound. Which is weird, because everything is on the same digital clock.
After deleting the above mentioned folder and rebuilding my setup, this problem was gone.
Also, Cubase starts a lot quicker, loading time of projects is greatly reduced, and cpu use is less than 20% than what it was before. Biggest bonus however: it sounds completely different, like going from a demo studio to a very expensive one…
So it all comes down to something in the “steinberg folder” that was messing up my setup big time…
I use three computers, they all had this problem, and the solution worked on all of them.
Problem (finaly) solved for me, hope this post helps others.
Oh and one other thing, on my computer disabeling “Hyper-threading” greatly improved the “realtime” CPU-performance.