I just loaded up my system with sample power. I have been recording mostly audio, real instruments, the last few years. Sadly I have a medical problem (MS) that is slowly stealing sensitivity from my hands, so my guitar and bass playing has gone from serviceable to pretty lame lately. But my ears and brain are fine, so I can still compose. The sampled instruments for Kontakt, Halion and Toontracks are inspiring.
My system is fully adequate to record mostly straight audio. Now with a bunch of sample technology, VST Occupancy is creeping up (about 60%) and RAM usage (under 64 Bit Win 7) is high. I have an Intel Quad system about 3 years old and 16GB RAM. I have hardly started my projects and RAM use was 13GB yesterday.
It’s not too expensive, say $250, to go to 32 GB. But will that do it?
I would like ask everyone who has been in this situation: What kind of system upgrades are really effective to improve VST performance in Cubase 6/7?