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Low Cpu usage DAW

Discussion in 'Recording' started by xmbzx, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. xmbzx

    xmbzx Active Member

    Hey guys Im new to Recording.org. I do have a question real quick if yall can get back to me on this, I am using Logic 9 right now and the CPU usage is so high its always crashing. Any suggestions on a great DAW that can run any Plugins/Vsts/ect. That will not crash?
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    One of the most CPU-sparing full-function DAWs is Reaper. And it's cheap.
  3. xmbzx

    xmbzx Active Member

    Now with that being said. Is there really anything significantly better/worse about it then logic 9? Is it worth the try do you think?
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Take the 30-day free trial and see how you get on. You have nothing to lose.
  5. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    On Mac Logic IS the most CPU efficient.

    Give us more details on your hardware, and software.
  6. xmbzx

    xmbzx Active Member

    Im not tryin to be rude by saying this. But if logic is the most efficient for Mac then I'm screwed. I can't have a single program running while in logic. And I still run the risk of the program telling me it's over working its self. I have a Mac book pro. With a 2.26 ghz intel core 2 duo processor. With 2gb of ram memory. So I know it's not optimized for recording. But there still should be something that works better!
  7. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    You might well need more than 2GB memory to get Logic to run better. Meanwhile, try Reaper to compare performance.
  8. xmbzx

    xmbzx Active Member

    I just loaded up reaper. I may stay with logic. Reaper is kind of confusing in ways and I don't think I'm going to get what I need out of it.
  9. xmbzx

    xmbzx Active Member

    Did you have any other suggestions though possibly? Because I also do have cubase 4. But I really don't like it at all either. Truthfully I feels it uses more CPU than logic
  10. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    As with any other DAW, Reaper is different from Logic and you can't simply navigate around it in the same way - it will require a little learning. The suggestion was to set up Reaper in a similar configuration to the way you had set Logic for one of your mixes and then look at CPU usage.

    If you really are intent on getting away from a DAW that in your case uses too much CPU and also crashes, you have to be prepared to put the effort in to evaluate other DAWs in a meaningful way.
  11. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Anytime you move away from something you are used to, there will be a bit of a learning curve and it will take some time to get comfortable.

    All DAWS do essentially the same thing - digital audio recording, processing and editing. They just use different nomenclature, different GUI's and different placements of commands, but with few exceptions, they're still the same functions across the board.

    If you're working under some kind of deadline, then yeah, it's best to stick with what you know - but what you know right now isn't working on your current platform, so you have but a few choices..

    Get into a platform that isn't as memory intensive and take the time to learn it, or upgrade your existing platform to be able to run what you know efficiently.

  12. xmbzx

    xmbzx Active Member

    Ya I completely agree and also understand. It's just hard and annoying to adjust as quick as I need to. Doesn't mean I will give up. I have a 30 day trial on it so I will try it. But the stuff I did go through with it didn't seem very user friendly at all. Actually sorta obnoxious if you will. But like I said. I need to take a closer look. I'm not gonna give it up right away haha
  13. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    Yep, more RAM, that's really not enough to run OSX efficiently.

    More info needed what version OSX and Logic are you running? Free space on your system hard drive, free space on your audio hard drive?
  14. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    The help file in Reaper is most excellent. There is an index at the back. It is not my main DAW but I purchased the physical book of the help file anyway though one could just print out the PDF and bind it yourself. Reaper will become intuitive fairly quickly proceeding in this manner. Even on my main DAW (Audition CS6) I utilize the help file more than you might think. CS6 is available for Mac as well but Reaper is the most low resource DAW of which I'm aware.

    When it comes down to the Mac physical stuff though, G-Dub is going to be your best assistance. I respect Apple but never could get past the marketing so I'm just not familiar with it.
  15. Jenson

    Jenson Active Member

    I'm using an iMac 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - 1 GB RAM OSX10.6.8 with the current version of Reaper, and it NEVER bogs down.

    Disclaimer: My track count is seldom more than 16. I use very few effects, and NO software instruments.
  16. gdoubleyou

    gdoubleyou Well-Known Member

    You could use more RAM also.

    To the OP I completed My first CD on an ancient Core Duo( thats right core duo, not core2duo) Mini, sessions were between 24- 32 tracks 24bit 44.1KHz.

    I did have to freeze several tracks during the mixing process.

    Your machine would blow my old mini out of the water, so I suspect system setup, RAM, hard drives to be your issue.
  17. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    I think we're all going to have to come up with something different in life? It truly appears that the generation of useful and almost supercomputing power is no longer necessary. Now there is a touch sensitive app for that. And we're done. The bar just keeps getting lowered. LOL and Chris thought that Christina Aguilera vocals sounded bad? Isn't this going to be an unfortunate shock in another couple of years? Chris likes surf and turf. But they're only going to be handing out those burgers pretty soon. It will be like trying to purchase leaded gasoline. Remember the cars and vehicles that needed that? I mean spaceships are now museums down here on earth. Something sounds so wrong with that? Spaceship on earth? Yeah. It's a ship taking up space on earth. And it went through a little bit of wind & fire and then George Massenburg popped out because Mick Guzowski couldn't fit through the hatch. Mick's a cool guy. I mean I believe there will always be work for those truly good and decent folks out there but the golden days... they're gone.

    People jump out of balloons at 110 miles in altitude for a rush today. Single button.
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  18. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    Xmbzx, the guys are right, you will always need to learn new softwares if you want or need to change. (for better or worse)

    Have you consider all alternatives regarding performance ? Crashes can come from bad latency, faulty drivers, bad combination of plugins, fragmented or faulty harddrive. Closing other software is a commun thing to do before using a Daw. For a computer, DAWs do some intensive work specially if you have a lot of tracks and plugins
    (I know some of my plug-insdon't like each other, we all risk bugs when the tools we use come from different creators.)

    I use my daw
  19. BobbyRose23

    BobbyRose23 Active Member

    I have an intel 2.1 ghz and 4gb ram, and that's not working with me using cubase. I am building a computer and it's so much cheaper in ways then buying one. I'm going from 4gb to 16gb of ram. Remember that stuff gets outdated quick in technology, that's why building my comp is easy to change things out and over compensate so I'm not changing things out as often.

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