I have been using Cubase for years and never have I had to change anything regarding ASIO-Guard. It’s always been on its default setting until now.
I’m on MacOS Catalina 10.15.5 on a 2017 5k iMac i7 Quad-core with 40 GB of RAM and I have felt quite a spike in audio load processing since updating to Cubase Pro 10.5.
I know ASIO-Guard has something to do with realtime performance or something but hear me out…
I have ASIO-Guard set to its default Normal setting.
If I have, say, 10 VST instruments. Let’s say Spire for example. If one of those instruments is record-enabled, the performance meter is quite high (while all 10 instruments are playing simultaneously)
If I record-enable all 10 of those instruments, the performance meter goes down to about half.
If I record-enable none of the instruments, the meter goes down slightly more.
Now here’s where I get confused…
When I deactivate ASIO-Guard, the meter stays down about the same as if I had nothing record-enabled, regardless of what is record-enabled. In other words, I get better performance with ASIO-Guard deactivated.
Is this normal? Should I keep ASIO-Guard off then?