Today, I created a project in Sonar X3 at 96kHz with multiple VSTs and multiple instances of Kontakt 5 with multiple instruments within each K5.
I also had a number of audio tracks, lots of VST plugin effects, fx tracks, groups, sends etc
In total, I have 194 tracks, and X3’s performance meter was around 50-55% - no dropouts, no crackles, nothing.
I then tried to replicate the same in Cubase 7.5.40 and came totally stuck after track 59.
By track 32 , the Cubase performance meter was alread at around 80%, with crackles, pops and dropouts.
It’s even worse in 8 Pro.
What is causing this? Is it Cubase?
When the SONAR performance meter shows about 55%, the Windows resource meter shows CPU usage of around 34% at it’s highest. Yet there are no audio dropouts, crackles, pops etc
Yet, when Cubase performance meter is showing around 90%, the Windows resource meter shows CPU usage of around 23%, and the audio is full of crackles and pops and dropout. That’s a huge difference.
There seems to be a lot of under-utilized processing power in Cubase. What on Earth is going on?
I am still waiting for replies from Steinberg. I have been waiting since January. I sent other support requests in Feb and this month. Nothing.
What do I do?
Do I try another audio interface to see if that’s somehow problematic or a bottleneck with Cubase?
Or a better graphics card? (I really don’t like the fact that Cubase 8 requires Windows Aero.)
Or, after all this time and money, do I have to move to Sonar or another DAW?