I am posting this in case anyone has any suggestions for getting Cubase10 to perform reasonably on a MacPro. Right now I am getting poor performance to the point that the product is really not usable for me.
I have been doing a lot of disciplined performance testing lately with LogicPro, Cubase10 and Vienna Ensemble Pro. In all cases, Cubase10 is performing so badly that I stopped testing it. I finally came back and did some tests of just Cubase without VEP involved, and still just as bad.
I have a test project with around 100 midi instrument tracks, each one feeding VSL instrument, and MirPro used for reverb. Nothing else.
On LogicPro I have this same configuration, same tracks, same music.
I measured average CPU usage of the computer every 3 seconds for a 3 min period of time, playing through the same section of music.
LogicPro uses 25% average cpu. Cubase10 uses 3x that amount and cannot play more then 30 seconds of music without dropping and glitching and eventually halting audio. Cubase is basically unable to play the project through.
With less than 50 tracks it seems to work on on my mac, but over 50, I’m afraid that something in the way cubase10 is coded is simply not performing anywhere even close to what LogicPro is able to do on the same computer with the same tracks.
Any suggestions to improve performance?
The Mac is 2012 5,1 MacPro, which is still very commonly found in the Apple community. Part of me is wondering if Cubase is using newer CPU instructions because most windows users are on newer CPU’s, but somehow this is making the mac version on the cheese grater run poorly. Just a wild guess though.
Kind of a bummer, I was hoping to try out Cubase more, but this feels like a waste of time if it can’t play 100 tracks like everyone else.