I built a new PC for the studio last year (so obviously, it’s already starting to crawl), and I’m having random issues with Cubase 8 Elements. There are some patches in Halion SE and the Hypnotic Dance VSTs - mostly pads - which are completely unusable as they drive the VST performance up into the red and everything glitches. It doesn’t seem to follow a pattern - in some projects, simply using a single Izotope plug-in on a vocal track (I use Nectar 2) will send the performance meter from about 20% right up to the top, and in other projects I can have Nectar running on 3 or 4 vocal tracks at once quite happily. Cubase will often crash repeatedly on attempting to load some projects, and then work for no apparent reason (although then it sometimes waits to crash until I’m either about to shut down, or about to save a project I’ve been working on).
I took some advice from a post on the Steinberg knowledgebase regarding the use of Automap, and spent an evening uninstalling it, removing all the Automap .dll files, then reinstalling and reconfiguring it (how did I not know that Novation have finally released a config setup for Cubase 8?!), but that did nothing. I’ve also followed the advice on a sticky thread on here about inserting a word into the Registry, which has made a very minor difference to how long Cubase takes to start up.
So, I’m thinking of a minor hardware upgrade tweak. The trouble is that I’m not really a PC tech wizard - I can build one, obviously, but there are so many things which to my logical mind are counterintuitive about the way that Windows PCs work that I don’t really know the best way to make a decent improvement in performance. Which is likely to give me the most mileage per pound - a RAM increase from 8G to 16G, or a new processor? Might actually allowing Windows 7 to upgrade itself to Windows 10 help at all?
My current system is as follows:
Cubase 8 Elements.
Windows 7 (64-bit)
AsRock FM2A78 Motherboard
AMD A10 7700K 3,4GHz Quad core processor
8G Corsair DDR3 1600MHz RAM.
Any advice gratefully received…