Originally Posted by Joe Porto
Doing this will reserve a processor for OS related tasks.
I tried this and it didn't seem to help.
However, I called apple and they told me how to do a clean reinstall of lion.
Several blogs and websites I looked at mislead me into thinking I needed a thumb drive or a way to burn a DVD of lion in order to do this, but all of those sites are dead wrong. I think that was the case when lion first came out, but not anymore.
The first thing I did when I finished the clean install was to install an NFR of Ableton live 8. (I worked at a major retailer and got all this shit for free. I'm really lucky) I have to say, Ableton runs flawlessly. No matter what I do, I can't get the CPU meter to spike and I don't hear any artifacts.
I'm kind of afraid to even bother installing logic again (and to the person who was asking, I was running 9.1.7, but I will try 9.1.6 if I do reinstall it)...I will have to install DP however since at least 95% of my projects were in DP. I will report back when i get around to reinstalling DP, but for now it appears my problem is sort of solved. (ableton has everything I need for my current gig).
Either I was running a DAW that hates my computer, or something was totally screwed up in my OS and doing a clean reinstall of Lion restored my performance. The latter seems hard to believe since the computer is only a month or two old. I'm also going to hold off on all the games and whatnot that I got from the app store...work is more important right now and anything I can do to keep this thing performing at tip-top, I will do.
Once again, I truly appreciate the help and suggestions from everyone. Thanks!