I recently created a new song on 6.5 for a collection that I’ve been working on. To ensure consistency, I decided that I wanted to go back to the other (4) songs and start “porting them” to 6.5 (64-bit) from 4.5.2 (32-bit).
“Porting them” includes a few steps:
- Open the project in 6.5 and resave it.
- Since I didn’t install all of the 32-bit VSTs that I had under 4.5.2, I convert the plug-ins to newer versions (64-bit when possible).
- Re-render MIDI tracks as audio and replace the audio clip on the original track to not disturb automation, inserts, and routings to group channels.
- Re-balance track volumes using automation if needed. (Typically not much is needed here.)
- Mixdown to MP3.
I own Komplete 8 (64-bit), which provides the majority of the VSTs.
My VSTs mappings for moving from 4.5.2 to 6.5 are:
NI Kontakt 3 -> NI Kontakt 5
Kuassa Amplifikation One and Creme -> NI Guitar Rig 5
GSi VB3 -> NI Vintage Organs
NI Battery 3 (32-bit) -> NI Battery 3 (64-bit)
Celemony Melodyne (32-bit) -> Celemony Melodyne (64-bit)
BlueCat’s Freeware Plug-ins (32-bit) -> BlueCat’s Freeware Plug-ins (64-bit)
I do occasionally still use Magneto (because I’m waiting for Little Radiator to be ported to 64-bit), but other than that there should be no 32-bit plug-ins in use.
On the first song I tried to port, I forgot to remove the Kuassa plug-in. On final mixdown (step 5) I received a lot of cascading message boxes around 53% saying that a pure virtual function call had been attempted. (Being a former C++ programmer, I know this is a serious thing.)
Realizing that I still had Kuassa in use, I killed Cubase, shutdown / restart, and restarted Cubase. I then replaced Kuassa with Guitar Rig, powered down the VSTs (Guitar Rig, Kontakt 5 and Battery 3) since I had audio versions of all MIDI tracks, and attempted to mixdown again. This time at 49% I received the “Cubase has entered a serious error” message, but the computer was completely frozen. I couldn’t launch Task Manager. Pressing the Windows key did nothing. Pressing the power button did not commence the shutdown process either. I had to press and hold the button for power off without shutting down.
Unfortunately, there was no log file created in C:\Program Files\Steinberg\Cubase 6 so I can’t attach it. Worse, Cubase no longer starts now.
I am running Windows 7 64-bit with 8G of RAM. I have a 250G (C:) and 500G (F:) internal hard drive. Cubase runs off of C: (which has 48.5G free) while the NI sample libraries are installed on F: (which has 305G free).
Please note that the song that I created from scratch last week, which also uses Guitar Rig, Kontakt, and Battery had no issues at all (during usage or mixdown) so I know the installation was good.
Thoughts on how to proceed?