Despite having what should be a great system (AMD Ryzen 9 5950X 16-Core Processor 3.40 GHz with 128Gb RAM), I keep getting performance issues with maxed out performance meters, peaks from nowhere, audible glitches …and all of this can suddenly happen without much warning. One day, a work-in-progress is going well, the next I’m in glitch hell.
Quick background: Having been ill for many years and away from my music, I returned to my first love and went 100% ‘In-The-Box’, investing in a decent system that could do both my music projects and video work.
However, before too long I was getting performance peaks that ruined the writing/production experience…
(Just to be clear, this is for music projects only, no video is involved .i.e. my systems resources are dedicated to my music production and not drained elsewhere)
I know I can ‘render in place’ or freeze tracks, but surely the spec of my system would allow me to write a whole piece without having to resort too quickly to such things…?
But hey, maybe I was simply being too ambitious with MIDI and VST tracks, so I saved up and invested in Vienna Ensemble Pro. Initially, I had one license and ran it on the same machine and yes, performance improved …kinda. But as I got more into it, I quickly hit this same maxing out… so I bought another license for VEP and put it on my laptop, sharing VST effects and instruments between the two.
And yet, here I am today with a project that has once again suddenly glitched into the depths of hell despite working fine for a while.
My investigations have had me remove plugins, strip back projects track by track and still I get glitches. This time with one weird difference… the random audio glitches can be heard but the performance meters stay around 50-60% …and the glitches can even be heard in the quiet part of the song when few tracks are playing.
So… Have I managed to invest in a system that is incompatible with Cubase? Am I expecting too much of Cubase to run a good number of MIDI/VST tracks without having to render in place? Should my template file sit at 50%+ on the performance meter before I have even entered a single note?
Please help - I’m pulling out what little hair I have left on my head and might have to resort to my armpits next!
Thanks in advance