I’m a bit shocked. Okay, the project is a test project where I added reference track, I use SpectraLayers to split voice and music, and have some added instruments to make my own accompaniment. I saved this project in June using version 11.0.20 and it is 249 MB big. Now I opened and saved it with version 11.0.40 and no changes. Saved the same big. Then I open another project and activate it so the first project goes in background (inactive). Okay, I close active project and then do “Save As…” on that first, inactive big project. Guess what size it was saved! 0.9 MB. I close that project and reopen it and all is working as expected. How is it possible? (explanation bellow)
Yes, I know - SpectraLayers use new technology and stores external wav filses to ARA folder. It means that these split channels are not stored in Cubase project file (.CPR). Right?
So maybe .CPR file is like Microsoft Word .DOC file that contains everything your grandma said for last 30 years? No!
I’m also working with Adobe Indesign, so there’s the same - if I want to store clean and small project, I should “Save As…” and it becomes much smaller than working version. I didn’t check what’s inside in low level.
So I opened that big Cubase project file with fileviewer and what I saw? First two percents of file contains Cubase information and the last two percents have something similar like plugin information. But between are the 98% of nothing. It’s filled with zeroes. For what?
Please if you have a little time to jump into this sandbox, check your projects - open, save as (is there difference?), open second project, activate, close, save first project that is inactive etc. I’m pretty sure it’s not the Windows nor computer fault.
The result - opening and saving cleaned project is significantly faster. I just tried this method on another projects.
Please comment this and give your test results!
P.S. I know, written a bit haotic, but I’m rapidly test projects now. I remember that with 9.5 project sizes was much smaller. So something is going wrong for years.
P.S.2. I post the same in Facebook’s group “Cubase Users” - https://www.facebook.com/groups/238809986890692/posts/1080061436098872/
P.S.3. Maybe this issue is only because of using SpectraLayers?