I tried looking for answers to the following questions and couldn’t find them (of course, I apologize if I just didn’t look hard enough). I have an first generation i5 (I think it’s 2.66 GHz) 27" iMac with 16 GB RAM running Mac OS X 10.7 and I am encountering issues with performance in Cubase 6.0.6. I am working with a lot of VST instruments and plug-ins (>26 instances) and performance is definitely increased when I freeze a lot of the tracks. However, I feel like having a computer that can almost edit full HD video, it shouldn’t be crashing and freezing as much.
Currently, Cubase is running in 32-bit mode (I have to see why but it isn’t at 64-bit mode), would it make a difference to be running at 64-bit mode when using all these plug-ins given the i5 processor I have? I have also been monitoring my RAM usage and it seems I have even at the worst case scenario, I still have 9 GB RAM unused. Is there a way to increase the RAM usage? I’ve read that there is some cap to Cubase’ RAM usage (something around 3-4GB).
Again, sorry if these are already answered elsewhere and if possible, please give me some background about your system because I think my processor might perform dramatically different than let’s say a new generation i7.