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PT 2018 + Mojave 10.14.4 + Turbo Boost Switcher Performance Consoles
Old 3rd April 2019
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PT 2018 + Mojave 10.14.4 + Turbo Boost Switcher Performance

Anyone on Mac dealing with routine playback errors on PT 2018, even at low cpu demand, if you haven’t tried Turbo Boost Switcher App, it could be life changing as it was for me. I run an archaic BLA XB 002 rack on a 6-core 2018 MBP (and a 2011 quad MBP before that), but that interface has caused intermittent errors and excessive heating since PT11 and I’ve worked around it for the love of the sound. I recently discovered that with turbo boost disabled via turbo boost switcher app, I’m now running decent sized sessions (~100 total tracks of VIs, audio & auxes) at 75 degrees C (instead of 95C on the verge of a meltdown), fans just barely ramping up and playback errors have ceased to exist. I was even recording audio last night with high latency fx plugs, 2-buss & master channel processing in a 96khz, 32-bit float session with 64 sample buffer with no hiccups - an absolute impossibility a day prior that I was only attempting to figure out if I was just imagining the improvement. I wasn’t imagining...most solid performance I’ve had in awhile.

I don’t know how I didn’t find that turbo boost switcher app earlier, but having wished I’d found it 5 years ago, I wanted to post about it in the event I can help someone else going mad trying to figure out wth is wrong with their system.

Important to note that I also found slight improvements at lower buffer settings in the latest Mojave update (10.14.4) which specifies “improves performance of audio interfaces” in the notes. I know Mojave isn’t “qualified” by avid, so make this move at your own risk.
Old 4 weeks ago
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I'm another happy camper using Turbo Boost Switcher. It's actually changed the way I work, completely.

I use to own a 2010 Mac Pro 12 core, solid machine, but I thought it was time for a change. 5 months ago, Apple introduced the Mac mini 6 core i7, 32 GB ram and after seeing the benchmarks and hearing all the hoopla, I decided to give it a go. I also run PT 2018 and Vienna Ensemble Pro. I do some orchestral work so VEP really comes in handy. When I'd load a full and Vi intense session, the MM would hit temps between 88C and 98C and even hitting 100C during playback. I couldn't believe how hot the mini was getting but it never throttled. I just hated the idea that it kept hitting 100C so I recently asked some of the MacRumors members, if I purchased a eGPU, would this take some of the heat away. I got a few thumbs up but someone had suggested I try TBS and disable TB. As you mentioned in your post, it really is life changing. Playing back sessions that use to hit 100C, now doesn't go past 80C. Most times it hovers around 70 to 75C. This is huge.

I also noticed that PT handles even better when TB is disabled. The whole thing just runs smoothly, even with Mojave 10.14.4. Btw, the member who suggested TBS did mention that there was a trade off when using TBS and I'd have less CPU power but all I've noticed is that I may have lost 5-6% power. The whole system is a big improvement! I now have TB disabled all the time, no matter what I do.
Old 1 week ago
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Thanks for the tip. I am having these issues and test driving the pro version now. Looks pretty promising....

Gracias for taking the time to post!
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