Hello, I have been struggling with a very annoying problem for many months - when loading a session containing Soundtoys plugins, the session hangs for about 20 seconds when it is detected on a track (Insert, FX Track, Group Track). Ample Sound instruments also take a long time to load. All the others such as Waves, Softube, FabFilter, Valhalla, iZotope, PSP and many others load without any problems.
It looks like:
This only happens the first time. When I close the session (not Cubase) and reload, it’s very fast. Many weeks of conversations with Soundtoys support did not help (including the installation of a new version). Windows 10 was also reinstalled.
And after many attempts, when I disabled the LAN card in the BIOS - the problem was solved! Now the sessions with Soundtoys loads in 2-3 seconds. Only no LAN means no Internet, so it makes no sense
I tried removing all network drives - no helps. I deleted network profiles - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles - with no effect. And also this - HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Map Network Drive MRU. Also no effect.
For a while, when I removed all network drives from the system and changed to another router, opening Cubase for a few times was OK, but then the problem returned. It’s the same on WiFi. The only thing that helps is disabling the LAN in the BIOS or disabling the driver in the device manager (ASUS STRIX X299 E GAMING).
Even if it worked, it’s not a solution! I have been using network drives for the Back Up and Upload directory since 2008 and I don’t want to give it up.
On my Lenovo old laptop from 2014 (i7-4702MQ, 16 GB RAM) with identical software (Win 10 22H2, Pace 5.9.0, SoundToys 126.96.36.19934) there are no problems, everything works super smoothly BUT I don’t use here the physical iLok2 key - I keep the license on the PC (second license available for use).
The -h option will write a dmp file in case of an application hang. This might kick in too early sometimes, in case some action takes a little longer. Feel free to skip the “-h” option, if you are only up for fetching crashes.
The option -e will catch exceptions and the option -t terminations of the application.
Prodump is now monitoring the Cubase/Nuendo process and will write a crash log, in case Cubase/Nuendo crashes or hangs. Perform the action that causes Cubase/Nuendo to crash and send us the generated crash dmp.
ZIP and share the DMP file via Dropbox or a similar service, please.
I did an experiment - I transferred all licenses from iLok2 to PC (those that were transferable, i.e. most of them) and the effect is the same. And I disconnected the iLok. So the iLok2 key is working properly.
Only disconnecting the LAN helps (as before).
Support Soundtoys wrote:
“If you’re currently using iLok to handle any other plugin licenses, please make sure that you are running the most up to date versions of these other plugins. My understanding is that older versions may be using outdated calls to iLok’s servers, which can lead to conflicts.”
I always have plugins in the latest possible version.
iLok support recommended reinstalling iLok License Manager and uninstalling the antivirus software for a while.
Does anyone know what the connection is between disconnecting the network and slow loading of plugins such as Soundtoys or Ample Sound (it’s possible that other plugins and instruments may also get stuck while loading)?
Maybe there really is a problem with network drives?