Hello. I have a rather large film scoring template set up with Cubase and VEPro. My specs are:
Mac Pro 5,1
OSX Yosemite 10.10.5
128 GB Ram
4 SSD sample drives (6Gb OWC Mercury Extreme Pro) in USB 3 enclosures connected via USB 3 PCI cards
Vienna Ensemble Pro 6.0.15264
My template size is about 80 GB loaded in to ram (I have Kontakt’s preload buffer size set to the maximum, 240 kb). With this template in Cubase, I cannot compose at a buffer size lower than 1024 without getting pops and clicks. I have a drum controller which I would like to use for recording performances, as well as a weighted keyboard which I prefer to use for recording certain piano performances. This is just not possible at my current buffer size.
I watched the video about real time performance vs. CPU performance in the thread stickied at the top of this forum, and I am led to believe the bottleneck in my system is my Profire 610, whose drivers have not been updated by m-audio since 2014.
However, before I go and buy an RME interface (which I’ve read is an excellent choice for low latency performance), I want to make sure that it would actually make a noticeable difference in my ability to record midi performances at a relatively low latency (128-256) with my current template.
Is my template just too large to get a noticeable performance difference with a newer audio interface, or should I go ahead and get the RME to achieve lower latency midi performance without the pops and clicks?
Thanks for your input.