Hello.javahut wrote:God... I don't know where to start.
First, I've spent a month and a half trying to solve a new problem with my PC, and in the process... rebuilding my audio PC to a 5930k from a 980x, new 32GB DDR4 RAM (from old 24GB DDR3), new SSD Samsung Pro 1TB for audio and samples (OS is and has been SSD Samsung 840 Pro 500GB), reinstalling everything from scratch. Uninstalling recently updated plugins... trying to figure out what's causing the problem. Thinking it must be a "bloated" Sonar. Purchased Reaper and started trying to learn it. Realized there's too much in Sonar's workflow I can't do without enough to spend time learning Reaper. Back to trying to figure out the problem with Sonar. Purchased server version of Nebula. All to no avail... as I continued to have the same severe audio engine drop out problem that's been plaguing me for the last month and a half continue.
Then on a whim... I uninstalled the 1.3.903 server completely... reinstalled the Pro version of 1.3.846, making sure to completely rebuild plugins, xmls, and VST registry for Sonar. And... voila! Everything back to normal.
I don't know what you guys did to 1.3.903. All I know is... I can run a metric $h|T ton of Nebula plugins in a single project without problems in 1.3.846. I can't play through a project once with less than a quarter of that amount of Nebula plugins in 1.3.903 on the server version.
So anyway... relieved that all's working again after a month and a half of problems, and several thousand $$$$ later. Nice to have a newer "upgraded" PC (though I lost my PoweCore PCI in the process).
I just hope the guys at Acustica can figure out what it is exactly that's different about 1.3.903 from 1.3.846, and can fix it. Or figure out a way to explain in English what the difference is and what we need to do to make the newer versions of Nebula work as well.
For everyone that says 1.3.903 works better? Either you have something entirely different with your system than several of us here do... or you don't really use Nebula heavily. Because there is without a doubt a HUGE difference between the two versions... and I'm using a LOT of Nebula in my projects. And this makes 2 systems I've used 1.3.903 on now that both exhibited the exact same problem with the update (one wasn't an update, but a completely new install on a completely new, modern X99 system).
Can't wait to see if I see an even bigger increase with the 1.3.846 Server version (now that I own it) over the Pro version.
But I'm really kinda worried that Acustica doesn't recognize that there's a problem. And what's different in the newer version that might be causing it to perform so very much worse than 1.3.846, in some systems at least. Is there a setting in an XML or something for the new version? Something not assembled correctly? I don't know. But I'd hate to be stuck on 1.3.846 and now never be able to upgrade again. As much trouble as this has been, and as much time and money as this has cost me, I'm afraid I'll have to abandon Nebula after all this time using it, and go back to algo plugs for everything. Please, Acustica, try to solve this problem. There definitely is one. I really hope you don't ignore it. Maybe it'll work itself out in the next update (fingers crossed).
At least I'm back in the audio business for now, and out of the technology troubleshooting business... at least for a little while.
First at all, it is very important to be careful in measurement and conclusion about those measurement in order to not draw in wrong conclusions.
9xx has several code re-witten to ensure multithreat, SEE4 and OSX 10.10 compatibility. Nebula and Acqua Effect load emulation presets and vectors using multithreat, several audio host can not handle in a efficient way this approach, and CPU cores are not synchronized correctly (Core1 CPU peak for example). In i7 v3/4/5 9xx works better with similar DSPBuffer setting than your ASIO/AC setting from 256 to 2048 values, before 9xx values around x2/x4 from ASIO/AC setting was the best setting for i7 v2 to v5.
We already test several times Sonar Producer x3e in i7 v2 and v4 and we can confirm that CPU efficiency is lower compared with other audio hosts like Reaper v4/v5b, also stability is lower.
We contacted Cakewalk and report this issue, but they did not replay us.
Please if you need more details reopen your support ticket, and sales department can refund you Nebula3 Server if you don't want/need CORE5 & CORE6 features.