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CPU going spastic.

Discussion in 'Recording' started by miks, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. miks

    miks Guest

    hey guys im using RME FF800 with Cubase sx3. Everything was going fine but now when i playback my audio files my cpu usage goes to about 50-60% which starts to click on the audio. im running my latency at 48ms but when i increase it even to 100ms the problem is still there which makes it impossible to track a song .

    Ive defraged my hard drive as it said i should but the problem is still there. Is there anything i can do apart from reinstalling Windows to fix my problem?

    thanks guys
  2. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    Why would re-installing Windows fix the problem?

    How many audio tracks do you have? Are you using lots of plug-ins/effects?

    If you can bump up the milliseconds to a point where the snap, crackle and pop stops, that could mean that you have too much going on.
    If so, you may want to freeze or mix down some of the tracks to release some of the pressure off of your CPU.

    The only alternative would be to increase your processing power.
  3. miks

    miks Guest


    Ive got 2 1G hard drives, AMD 3200+ processor. I was running 1 vocal and 1 guitar track when this thing started to occur. Izotope plugin just crapped itself. I analyzed my computer and it said to defrag it so i did but still no solution.

    This is why i want to re-install windows. I believe the problem started occuring when i upgraded to SX 3.12
  4. Nirvalica

    Nirvalica Guest

    2 1 gb hd's? theres no way....thats less than an ipod nano.... do you mean ram sticks? and the processor is ok, but not the best for hard work. i have the 3500, which is better, but if you want to and can, get something like the dual core AMD X2's. that'd be atleast a $500 upgrade though, plus a new motherboard.
  5. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    Is that (2) 1gig hard drives? Gotta be a typo, right?

    With only 2 tracks you shouln't be having any problems at all. Are you using the ASIO drivers for the RME?

    Try completely removing the plug-in from the project and see if there is a difference. If so, it could be the plug-in.
  6. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    There has been problems with certain vst plugins and cubase, though there are some plugins that just use up horrendous amounts of cpu power. I'm assuming you're using the effects as sends whenever you can and not just running all your effects as inserts. Re. the weirdness with certain plugins: there is a vst "fix" out there which seems to tame the problem. Do a search at cubase.com. It may have something to do with dc offset though, I'm not entirely sure and may be talking out of my butthole right now. I used cubase for quite a while but have since dumped it. Too many issues. (yes my software was legit. Dongle and all.) I just found there are so many bugs due to the copy protection. Having a dongle really makes things complicated. In a way, I think this is where Protools has it right. Tieing their software to proprietary hardware saves them some headaches in regards to copy protection.
  7. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    $ .02

    so what did you change??? any way to roll back his preferences??? could that help??
  8. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Doing a rollback should be easy enough. Just go to the uninstall menu in the Windows add/remove programs list in settings/control panel.
  9. roguescout

    roguescout Guest

    I sure hope he isn't trying to record to the same drive that Cubase is on.

    Izotope Ozone can be very power hungry though.

    Make sure you have the latest firmware and driver from RME.

    Make sure you go to http://www.musicxp.net to verify your machine is optimized for audio.

    48ms latency with FF800? Something seems funky. Do you have the DDS turned on in the Fireface settings? Also make sure your Firewire card is not sharing its IRQ with anything else. I'd reinstall Cubase before I'd reinstall the OS.

    While I have used SX3 with my FF800 with ok results, since buying Samp Pro I haven't touched it. I'm in DAW heaven now.
  10. gnarr

    gnarr Guest

    I would guess the problem is that you harddrive is running in pio mode. Check the ATA/SATA controller properties in device manager. If the disk IS running in PIO mode, that could be becouse it has bad sectors or a faulty head. So you might want to backup your things.

    good luck

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