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16th June 2011
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Live issues, do i need an A.I.?

Hi, ableton's been crashing on me like crazy recently. Anytime i try add more than few instances of a VST, it's down for the count. It basically starts clicking and hissing, CPU usage gets to around 64% and while i can still save, audio dies. Now I'm running it on a brand new MacBook Pro with the Intel Core i7 so that makes me sad...

One thing i did notice is that if i jump from my crashed Live to lets say a video player, the audio in the video player is also dead. Is it my soundcard that's the problem? sounds like it. Can anyone else hazard a guess?

So based on my assumption I thought I might get a audio interface. The Tascam US122 MKII seems ok. Any thoughts?

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yeah ableton does start spazzing out when you get past 60/70% having a proper audio interface will take a bit of strain off the computer, firewire will take more strain off the cpu than a usb interface not sure if you have a firewire plug though on the MBP.

what speed hard drive do you have? you need 7200rpm for audio work. also are you on the latest update of ableton?
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I second the HD question. I had that problem when trying to run on the internal 5400rpm drive on a macbook which I don't normally do. Use another dedicated drive (i.e. not the OS drive) or upgrade your hard drive to 7200rpm. A 7200 drive allowed to run the OS and large sessions with no problems. I use Live a lot and it doesn't give out on me until after 95% CPU useage, then it sounds like stuttering death.
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thanks for the feedback. i think i might just lash out and buy an SSD. remove the useless dvd drive and pop it in there... Having done a bit of pocking around the interweb, it seems the 7200rpm doesn't get that much faster, and in some cases, performs slower!
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