Currently I’m demoing 112db’s Big Blue Compressor and Big Blue Limiter and I ran in to some trouble when using the 64 bit versions in 64 bit Cubase (same goes for the 64bit version of their Redline Reverb).
When opening the editor (GUI) of Big Blue Compressor, Big Blue Limiter and Redline Reverb in a project with a big memory footprint (>2.5GB) the plugins will cause Cubase to make an error and eventually crashes the DAW.
I’ve contacted the developers (112db) and received some great support. Unfortunately they can’t seem to reproduce the crash I experience. So we decided to open a thread here to see if any other Cubase users are affected or if this problem is system specific (system specs in my sig).
So please, if someone uses these VST’s, would you be so kind to do the following test.
Thanks in advance!
Reproducible steps (important to exactly follow these steps):
- Open a project with a high memory footprint (e.g. >2.5 GB, be sure not to stress your system and keep some headroom in your memory usage to avoid crashes caused by heavy system load).
- Be sure the Big Blue Limiter or Compressor isn’t or was already present in the project.
- Load the Big Blue Limiter or Compressor in an empty non-used insert.
- Enter the editor (GUI) of the plugin
Result on my system is a repeating crash (see the videos below).
If it doesn’t crash on your system with the test above it would be very much appreciated it you could drop a line + your systems specs and OS.
The interesting thing is, when I open the Big Blue Limiter or Compressor in an already used slot (by another plugin), it won’t crash the daw.
Another interesting fact is: When I use the 32 bit version (jBridged) the behaviour is normal, so without crashes. When I use the 32 bit version with Cubase’s bit bridge the DAW doesn’t crash either, but the GUI is blank (behaviour we know from Cubase’s 64 to 32 bit bridge).
So it seems it has something to do with Big Blue Compressor, Limiter and Redline Reverb’s 64 bit instance in combination with (high) memory usage in Cubase.
I’ve shot some videos of the behaviour.
112db Big Blue Compressor in Cubase - Crash in unused insert (the video shows Cubase 6.5.2 version, but currently the behaviour on 6.5.3 is the same)
When I use the Big Blue Compressor or Limiter in another 64 bit host (Machine) with a high memory footprint, it wont crash the host.
When I use the 64 bit version in a Cubase project with a lower footprint (<1.9 GB) the VST doesn’t cause the DAW to crash when opening the GUI (3rd video).
Other plugins never lead to crashes in Cubase projects on my system.
Cubase doesn’t write any info in the Cubase6.LOG, in fact the log file isn’t available in my C:\Program Files\Steinberg\Cubase 6\ directory