Drastic CPU Problems with Live 9.1 on a Mac Pro 4.1 with Mavericks

Hi,

I bought a Mac Pro 4.1 with 8 cores and 16gb RAM to improve my overall Performance. (had a mid 2011 i5 iMac before). But instead of working faster I recognize vast CPU and Latency problems: Instruments and Effects take much more CPU power now. I have over 20% CPU usage with just 8 Tracks whereas with my old iMac i was around 7%. When the CPU Load is over 25% I get nasty clicks or pops and I have to reduce the latency of my Fireface 800. 

Working with for example Kontakt 5 is not possible. One instance of Kontakt 5 with on loaded Studio Drummer Kit takes the CPU to 23-25%!

It seems to be a problem of Ableton because my CPU Analysing tool shows me a maximum of 2-6%  overall CPU Usage.

Thanks for your help!

 

Best Regards

addi307

 

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addi307 1 year ago | 1 comment

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  • SteamEngenius
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    Hey there,

    Check for something called "Intel Speed Step", and make sure it is disabled. This is a power saving feature that seems to dynamically mess with the CPU frequency.

    I have a new system with a Core i7 4790-K, but it couldn't even handle the projects that ran on my older system, which is probably only half as powerful. But after disabling the "Speed Step", all my sets ran perfectly with my new setup.

    This is a Windows system, so it is possible this won't apply to you. I had to disable the setting in my BIOS. Still, I really hope this helps you out... I know your pain!

    7 days ago | 1 comment
  • camron122
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    SAME ISSUE ughhh no help from apple lets hope ableton can respond #UNSTABLETON 

    9 months ago | 0 comments
  • mcbpete
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    Looks like there's a few mentions of CPU fixes regarding third party plugins in the 9.1.3 beta builds: https://www.ableton.com/en/articles/live-9-beta-release-notes/

    So hopefully the next stable version will sort things for you both

    9 months ago | 0 comments
  • manuelbella
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    hallo, igot the same problem on win 7 x 64 after i installed the official 9.1.3 x64 version..

    please solve it ASAP, you solve one problem and create other problems.. grrrrrrr.

     

    7 months ago | 0 comments
  • manuelbella
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    whattaaa Fxxxk.. i uninstalled 9.1.3 then installed 9.1.2... but when i autorize online it replace in automatic with crap 9.1.3..

    i have to instal cracked 9.1.2???

    whattaFuxxx i need to work without spikes and glitches..

    i got 6 core I7 and 32gb ram ..

     

    7 months ago | 0 comments
  • Nachey
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    Ableton shouls take care about CPU or many people could start to change of DAW. This is unacceptable

     
    7 months ago | 0 comments
  • JJ Deviation
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    Running 64-bit version of Ableton helped me with Kontakt 5 on newest (Haswell) MacBook Pro (Kontakt 4 seems to make it unstable)

    (I'm on 9.1.4  I don't know what 9.1.5 improves)

    4 months ago | 0 comments
  • [daw] Ableton staff
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    Hi all, 

    Please make sure to read through the steps provided in the following articles, covering Live's CPU meter, avoiding crackles / dropouts and reducing CPU load in Live: 

    https://www.ableton.com/en/articles/why-does-lives-cpu-meter-show-different-load-activity-monitor/

    https://www.ableton.com/en/articles/how-avoid-crackles-and-drop-outs/

    https://www.ableton.com/en/articles/reduce-cpu-load/

    At this point we are not aware of a general CPU usage issue with recent Live versions, but of course we also see the issues reported by some users and take them very seriously.

    In our experience it makes most sense to look at these cases individually, so if the steps mentioned in the articles above could not improve the situation, please get in touch with our support staff: 

    https://www.ableton.com/en/help/contact-support/

    Make sure to include a status report ( help -> get support ) so we can have a look at your system specs. 

    Best, 

    David

    4 months ago | 0 comments
  • RhinoInRio
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    @ David:

    The above didn't help me. I get these enormous spikes in the Live CPU/disk indicator with glitches and drop outs. Everything is good at 10 - 20 % then all of a sudden 80- 85% for no apparent reason, and then back to 15%.  This never happened before. I am also not running many tracks, maybe 8 - 10. Sometimes I play the song and all is good and sometimes the same song starts freaking out with out having done anything to it. What's going on? It definitely is not my Mac.

    6 hours ago | 0 comments

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