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Thread Mac mini, 18i20 and logic performwnce problems

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rtintera

rtintera

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1 Posted on 07/05/2014 at 16:09:18
I have a quad core Mac mini with an ssd drive, 16 gb ram, running latest version if Logic Pro x with a focusrite scsrlett 18i20. Before I updated my hard drive to ssd I used to get an overload hard drive error. Now for the most part it runs smoothly but it does get frustrating. If I try to load a plugin while the music is playing, it opens with an exclamation point and I have to stop the music before the change will take place. Also, I have reason to believe that some of my automation changes aren't taking place immediately or plugin parameter changes. So some problems I think I fixed, when I run through the song again, I over or under compensated. I believe it has to do with logic not liking the 18i20 drivers.the CPU monitor never gets above 30%. I have also worked with ableton and never had these problems but I like logic better than ableton. Any idea how to fix this?
Mike Levine

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2 Posted on 07/07/2014 at 07:56:58
Hmm. I'd be curious to hear if the folks from Focusrite have any insight into this.
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If I try to load a plugin while the music is playing, it opens with an exclamation point and I have to stop the music before the change will take place.

I have noticed that on a lot of DAWs, trying to load a plug-in on while the transport is playing is a recipe for problems. I've had many crashes in Pro Tools when trying to do that. It's definitely safer to stop the transport first, then load the plug-in. Of course, when you're in the middle of mixing and really focused on what you're doing, it's difficult to remember that sometimes.
David_Focusrite

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3 Posted on 07/10/2014 at 18:03:37
Hi rtintera,

Sorry to hear that you are having some issues. Maybe I can help out a bit! The issue seems to be more DAW related since you are also having some issues with Automation and plugin parameters. Typically when adding plugins, stoping playback first is a good idea like what was previously posted. If your session is a bit larger, increasing your buffer size may help during playback as well even if you have a good amount a ram like the 16gb you currently do. A good way to test if the Scarlett 18i20 drivers are a factor, is to set the Audio Output Device of your DAW to "Built In-Output" and add a plugin during playback. If the issue persists, then you know it is the DAW. However, if it does not please contact us directly here : https://us.focusrite.com/answerbase/contact and we will be happy to help you! Hope this helps shed some light.
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