New, need advice about software

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by Maks Lavrov, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Maks Lavrov

    Maks Lavrov Active Member

    Hey, I'm brand new here and am glad I found this place. My question is this: I record on cubase 6 and after my upgrade from cubase studio 5, I started getting a lot of CPU overload. I have a dual core desktop and know that that could be the case. However, I'm not much of a techie when it comes to this kind of stuff so I came here for advice. Can I upgrade my processor or am I better off buying a new CPU?
     
  2. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Are you using C6 64bit or 32bit?
    What type of computer and OS?
    Not much info?
     
  3. Maks Lavrov

    Maks Lavrov Active Member

    I have a Dell Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 Bit, Intel core duo (E7500 @ 2.93 GHz, no clue what that stands for) and 8 GB of ram
     
  4. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    That doesn't seem like a terrible computer..
    Are you using C6 in 64bit mode?
    Have you streamlned your Dell for audio?
    Do you use a separate internal drive for recording your tracks?
    What are you using for an interface for recording audio into C6?
     
  5. Maks Lavrov

    Maks Lavrov Active Member

    Yeah C6 is in 64bit. I have not streamlned for audio, but could you elaborate? Sorry just joined the forum and haven't been able to talk recording much so the lingo is a bit rusty. I record through a little tascam US-122. That's pretty much what I started with and have not upgraded yet. I have a mackie profx12 mixer that I use, but I also send that through the tascam into C6. Most of the time, it's just directly into the interface and into C6.
     
  6. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    If you do a search for "optimizing Windows 7 for audio recording" either online or in here you should find a tutorial and websites that give you settings you should check and use to make the computer run smoother and faster for recording audio. You have plenty of RAM and the speed of your CPU is plenty fast.
    The main choke point will usually be your hardrives (HDD). Do you have a secondary drive setup for audio?
    Very few computers record audio very well using only one HDD.
    In the best scenario you would have your primary HDD (C:) with the OS (Win7) and all of your application like C6 etc but a secondary internal HDD (D:) for recording the audio which in C6 is the location where you create a project and store all of the audio wav files, images, edits and the main cpr file.
    The reason for two separate drives is because the CPU struggles switching back and forth running the OS, C6 and then streaming audio files all onto the same drive. All fighting for time and space.
    It bogs the entire system down and causes delays trying to do all of that from 1 HDD.
    Having a second drive creates another "channel" for the CPU to use to run the task of streaming audio to one HDD while executing all of the routines for Windows and Cubase on the primary drive in a more streamline fashion.
     
  7. Maks Lavrov

    Maks Lavrov Active Member

    Thanks man! I'm going to try and set it up first see how it turns out. And I'll deffinitely look into an extra HDD
     
  8. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Here's the website for Black Viper's Windows 7 mods. He has a "Safe" Registry editor that will modify your registry for you. I'm assuming this is for a laptop as well. Make sure you are recording to a separate drive whether internal or external. This does make a huge difference. In Windows priority should be given to background services.
    Control panel/System/ Advanced system settings/Advanced Tab/ Performance/Settings/ Background services.

    On an older CPU like yours these revisions should make a decent difference however, to be honest, my installation is pretty well stock with the exception of the background services settings. Make sure you are using the correct ASIO drivers in Cubase. And, just for the sake of doing so, scan your hard drive for viruses and trojans. I personally just use Microsoft Security Essentials. It works quite well and is updated regularly. It's light on the cpu and more reliable than some of those paid for programs like Neuton and McFarley.
     

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