Constantly running out of CPU on a powerhouse gaming laptop

Hey guys,

 

I got a new Lenovo YP510p from an insurance claim after my 2012 Macbook got fried by a power surge. Its a proper powerhouse laptop, with 1tb data, i7 quad core processor and 12gb ram. However, ableton performs worse on this laptop than it did on my old mac. For instance the current project I'm working on has 10 midi tracks each with a one shot drum sample, an audio track with a sample and two kontakt tracks, on 512 buffer size and its already at 80-100% cpu and keeps lagging out. Even when I freeze and flatten the two kontakt tracks its still around 75%.

 

I also get zero latency on an empty project, but ive got more than a couple tracks I get really bad latency, rendering recording impossible. I'm using Asio4all as my driver (MME/Directx is proper buggy), and I've enabled multi-core processor support.

 

Literally haven't been able to really work on a track since getting this laptop and it is driving me batshit. Does anyone have any clue whats up and what I can do to sort it out? Obviously somethings going very wrong! I'm assuming for one reason or another ableton's using only a fraction of the resources available.

 

EDIT - Should have said, whenever I try and use Ableton/record, its though an Alesis IO2 express interface.

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hypnotoadmk 1 year ago | 0 comments

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  • mcbpete
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    I think your bottleneck is the internal sound card trying to maintain such a low latency. Look into getting yourself an external audio interface (that supports 'proper' ASIO rather than the ASIO4ALL workaround) and you should notice a significant performance boost - and no doubt better sound quality for your recording too (internal sound cards are quite electrically noisy)

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  • hypnotoadmk
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    I have an external audio interface, thats what I'm using? Its an Alesis IO2 express (not exactly the best I know).

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  • mcbpete
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    Ah apologies, usually ASIO4ALL is to give ASIO support to those cards (mainly onboard devices) that don't have it (hence the name of the app !). Really surprised an external device has to use that for the ASIO driver, is it moderately old ?

    1 year ago | 1 comment

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