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I have recently installed the demo version of Studio One 4 Pro, swithched from Cubase 5.5.3. Yeah, I know I should have updated a long time ago, but I feel so familiar with the interface in CB5 and I haven't (until now) seen any reason to update.

My plan is to try Studio One 4 Pro and Cubase 10 (as soon as they release the trial), and then decide wich I will buy and continue to use.

I have huge problems with the timing in Studio One, it seems like the midi signal isn't syncing correct between the instrument tracks and I have until now only used VST instruments.

I don't get the same problem at all if I start a similar project in CB 5. I use many different VSTi's but not excessively many at the same time. At most I have used 15 - 20 on a big orchestral arrangement, that was no problem in Cubase 5.

I'm using Roland Cloud, EastWest Composer Cloud and Toontrack Superior Drummer 2 now, I also have Native Instruments Komplete 9 but it's not installed at the moment.

I think the problem is in the CPU usage, when I look at the performance meter in Studio One some of my VSTi's use a lot of CPU. The strange thing is that when I use the same plugins in Cubase 5 they use far from the same amount of CPU. Both DAW's and plugins are 64 bit.

The instruments I especially have problems with is some of the Roland Cloud instruments (especially System-8 wich is known for huge CPU load, but also SXR Keyboards and JV-1080) and Mai Tai, the only of the built in VSTi I've tried so far in Studio One. When I use the pulsating/arp sounds in SRX Keyboards or JV-1080, even the internal arp in the plugins is out of sync.

When loading the same Roland Cloud plugins in Cubase 5 I don't get near the CPU usage. I don't have the exact numbers now, but aprox, if Cubase uses 50% CPU Studio One uses 90 - 100% with the same VSTi's loaded and the same arrangement playing.

Correct me if I'm wrong, I can't load and try the performance of Mai Tai in Cubase (?) but the Roland Cloud instruments uses much less CPU.

My computer specs:
CPU: i5-2500K 3,30 GHz
Ram: 16 Gb
Drives:
System Disk: 120 Gb SSD
Production Disk (only used for audio recordings): 2 Tb 7200 RPM
Second System disk (used for large software installations that don't fit on the SSD) : 1 Tb 7200 RPM
Sample Libraries: 4 Tb 7200 RPM USB 3 disk
OS: Win10 Home Version 1803
Audio Interface: Roland Edirol M-16DX (will soon be replaced with a Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2)

Do you have any suggestions what I can do to improve the performance?

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by scottyo7 on Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:40 am
It could be your PC is overloading? :(

But check these too:
-'Quantize' settings. Adjusts from whole to 1/64 notes and affects resolution and where notes start/stop. Ensure your "Edit" window is expanded to get that resolution too.
-Ensure 'Snap' (left of blue arrow in pic below) is off which affects note placement also.

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Lastly, read this link about your Studio One settings to help out with heavy loading VI's and if needed, search and review more info on YouTube.

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