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CPU usage - Logic vs. ProTools
Last post Tue, May 14 2013 by Cyril Blanc, 4 replies.
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Posted on Tue, May 07 2013 21:51
by shmorrell
Joined on Thu, Dec 11 2003, Los Angeles, Posts 27

Hi all - I am considering moving from Logic 9.18 to ProTools 10.3x for my main DAW. I have a pretty extensive orch. template spread across 2 computers (main and slave) which requires 10 instances of VEPro. I have begun to setup my template in ProTools but I noticed immediately that once I load it all up the CPU usage is just about double in PT (according to Activity Monitor in OS X). This is just "idling" ie. not playing any notes. 

Is ProTools lame in this area, or is Logic just really efficient?

I have 11 gb of RAM, running OS 10.68


Posted on Wed, May 08 2013 19:19
by wms
Joined on Tue, Aug 24 2010, Posts 5
shmorrell wrote:

Is ProTools lame in this area, or is Logic just really efficient?

Depends on your point of view but yes, Logic is far more efficient than PT in particular for virtual instruments, and seems to be quite a bit more efficient than the other mac DAWs. PT 11 ships in a few weeks and they claim much improved cpu use, but we'll have to wait and see how it compares to other apps at that point.
Posted on Fri, May 10 2013 21:18
by thedr
Joined on Tue, Feb 23 2010, Posts 38
Just remember PT 11 is also Mountain Lion only and AAX only.
Posted on Tue, May 14 2013 04:49
by Cyril Blanc
Joined on Thu, Dec 19 2002, Paris France, Posts 2658

Logic + VSL had the same problem a few years ago

MacPro 2010 12 core 2.93 ghz 64 GB Mac OS X 10.11 2722 Rocket Raid Sata III card with 8 x ssd
VSL lib on a Raid 0 of 4 x 256 GB ssd Sata III - Raid 0 of 4 x 64 GB for other libs
System on a 1 TB ssd
Audio Motu PCI system 84 ins / 64 outs
Kbd : P80 Yamaha, S88 and S25 Komplete Kontrol, DX7
I-Controls Pro, 2xMidi expression pedals
Synth : many....
Macbook pro Retina 2.7 ghz 16 GB
Mac Mini server 10.10 (server EyeTV, Itunes, WEB, and Backup )
Logic X , Dorico, Band In A Box, ORB Composer
VSL : MIR PRO, Appassionata Strings I, Solo strings , Wind and Brass Complete, Dimension Brass, Overdrive
Kontakt, Omnisphere, QLSO, QLSC, CS 80, Arturia V5, Maximo, Realivox Blue. CS 80 V3, The Orchestra, Art Conductor 5, Genesis Children Choir, Lunaris, Lacrimosa

Final Cut pro
Camera full HD
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