Hello Laurence, Strophoid & Marcus,
I’m having similar problems and wondered if I’ve got everything set up Ok.
I ran Cubase LE on an old Dell laptop for years and while understandably limited I knew these limitations and acted accordingly, but I’ve now treated myself to a brand new Macbook Pro and Cubase 7.
I’ve never had such a well equipped set up yet I’m having problems with constant CPU overload due to “audio drop-outs” even with no audio tracks and just an uncomplicated drum track (via GA), a bassline (Novation Basstation), one Padshop part, one Retrologue part and some very simple Halion Sonic SE textures.
My set up is: Cubase 7 which I’m running at 24bit 48KHz,
My Macbook Pro is the 13" late December 2012 version (OSX Mountain Lion, 2.5GHz intel core i5 with 4 GB 1600MHz DDR3)
And a Focusrite Scarlett18i6 interface. I’m only using instruments/plug ins included in the bundle at the moment so there’s no ‘third-party’ issues to mess things up.
It has been suggested that I need more RAM - while I’m sure that would improve things for a more complicated arrangement, surely my set up should cope with a simple 4 minute pop song, hence I think the problem lies with me, or at least something I’m either doing or not doing.