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Posted on Sun, Mar 07 2021 11:57
by Schnarro
Joined on Sun, Feb 03 2019, Germany, Posts 3

Hey gals & guys,

this is not a question, more a problem I tried to solve for weeks now & I solved it finally. I thought, some of you might suffer the same pain, so I want to share some experience I gathered out of it.

The Problem was, that my Slave-PC (Win10) got more and more laggy the more EW Players I opened up in VEP 7 until it completly got stuck (while the CPU- and RAM-usage is totally fine).

My framework was the following:

  • Master PC (Win10)
    • Sequencer
    • Several Effect-Plugins
    • Graphics Card (PCI-E Slot)
  • Slave PC (Win10)
    • Five less complex libraries
    • VI Symphonic Cube (more complex)
    • Onboard Graphics Card

Now I started to include EW Stormdrum 3, a more complex library (different microphone positions etc.) into my template. And the more Play Engines i opened the more my Slave-PC was getting laggy until I had to wait for about 2 minutes from click to result.

First I created one channel per instrument and it got stuck after a while, so I thought using the multi output (Play Engine) might solve the problem (less players to open). So I insert a Play Engine channel, stacked up 8 instruments and routed them to AUX-channels (in VEP). But at about the same amount of instruments i put into the template, my Slave-PC froze. I tried several routing chains and stuff. But I realized, two things:

  • Although my template was frozen, in my sequencer the sounds came up with almost no latency, as it should be, when I played my MIDI keyboard.
  • If I open other windows/programs on my slave machine, they work flawlessly. To cut it short:

Opening the BIOS (on the slave machine) & assigning the onboard graphics some fixed amount of RAM did the trick. The standard preference was "AUTO", which is almost always a bad state for any preference, if you ask me. ;-)

Hopefully it helped in some way.

Stay healthy & creative!

Win10 2004 | i9-9900k | 64GB RAM | M.2 1TB EVO+ | Focusrite Saffire PRO 26 I/O | VEP 7 | VIP 2.5
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