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HELP PLEASE! Pro Tools Sytem Usage 100% = 1/2 of my CPU power Dynamics Plugins
Old 29th September 2016
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HELP PLEASE! Pro Tools Sytem Usage 100% = 1/2 of my CPU power

I recently started using Acustica's Aqua plugins and am needing every ounce of power out of my processor. Inside of Pro Tools, my System Usage meter spikes and claims it's using 75-100% with just a single plugin, yet when I open my Task Manager, my processor is only at 40-45%, or less.

Does Pro Tools only utilize 1/2 of my actual processing power?

CPU Total meter is 75-100%, even when my Processor say it's at 40%
Memory meter is only ever at 25% max
Disk meter is only ever at 30-40% max

System Details:
Windows 8.1 x64
Pro Tools 12.6 HD Software
3.7 ghz processor
32g ram
2xSSD raid 0 main drive

This system is pretty fast, but for some reason Pro Tools is not liking how I have my OS set up or something. Has anyone seen this behavior before, or is it normal that Pro Tools maxes out its system usage meter at less than half of your actual processing power?

What is the rest of my system doing? Should I take off Background Services under the Processor Scheduling?

The Aqua Plugs are amazing, but from what I've read, it seems I should be able to get more instances of these plugins in my sessions.
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