I’m having quite severe disk cache overload issues and was looking for a bit of help in troubleshooting, or with regards to any remedial action I can take.
Here’s my set up:
ASUS P8H67 - Intel H67 Chipset
INTEL i5 2500 Sandy Bridge - Quad 3.3Ghz
16Gb DDR III 1333Mhz
1000GB SATA 7200RPM *2
Cubase 6.07 64bit
Steinberg UR28m (@ high buffer while mixing, latest drivers)
I have a project with ~ 50 mono audio tracks, one VSTi, 4 group tracks and about 6 FX tracks (4 reverbs and two delays). I have frozen ALL of the tracks (for now).
The system and project drives are separate internal drives, both fully defragmented and both 90%+ free. Any samples are on a further external hard drive.
When I play the project, at times, the disk cache spiking is causing the audio to glitch to the point where it’s unusable or, in some cases, crash the project.
CPU usage is pretty steady at around 20-25% and RAM usage at about 3GB.
I’ve run some disk error checking against the drives and there doesn’t appear to be an issue there.
Is there any other action I can take? Is there any benefit in backing up the project to the external drive just checking if the read/write from/to it shows the same behaviour?
I’ve also tried increasing the disk preload in Cubase, but it seems to make things worse (some tracks play back, other don’t etc – it seems quite erratic!).