MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)
2.8 GHz Intel Core i7
16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
(AMD Radeon R9 M370X 2048 MB Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB- graphix cards).
This is maxed out for this MBP. I’ve had PC’s, PowMac G5’s, maxed IMACS, and a handful of MBP’s through the years. For sure all of them struggle with large track counts and many VST/AU’s but Ableton is always the weak factor no matter the machine. I use alot of plugins in my productions and my track counts are usually between 35 and 50 although as of recent I’m working on scaling back.
I use AU’s in Live most of the time but sometimes I opt for VST’s because they work better. In fact some AU’s are missing some of their functionality in Live (Waves SSL Comp broken VU meter for instance and wonky random missing preset lists on other AU’s, even though they are installed in the right folder). I monitor my RAM quite often and clear RAM caches before every session. My audio buffer is usually set to 512 or more right from the start because although Live gives the option of a low 32 samples buffer rate, that won’t really work for anything I do (and is comical to me). Maybe podcasts or talk-over dubs on 1 file lol.
Live’s database. Hmmm, that is interesting. That should only matter if accessing the database during playback. Otherwise that’s funny coding. I’ll do some reading on it though. I’m pretty much there with you on current updates. I’m running Live 9.7.5
So I normally do get the crash/recovery prompt but it’s not fullproof. It will just restore the file sometimes with half the project data missing. This is the most frustrating part of working with Live. It’s inherent random bugginess and its been existent in every version of Live since 6 , no matter the machine.
Yeah I do freeze everything (and resample alot) but sometimes if I’m in creative mode I’m just rolling and forgetting to save or freeze. That’s a big beef I have with Live too. Other DAW’s now will prompt you before a crash (Logic X, Bitwig are 2) pre-empting a loss of data. This would not be difficult to code into Live and honestly it’s just because they continue to put all development into it as a performance machine. I know it was designed by DJ’s for performance in the beginning, but it has grown into much more than that. I feel seriously neglected as a producer when every single update and version come out and the same production issues are present. I would give Bitwig a try but I’ve been over taking the time and setback of learning yet another DAW for awhile now unless absolutely necessary.
Well after proofreading my post here I’ve decided to write Ableton myself with all my gripes lol. It really is an amazing production tool that IMO far surpasses any other DAW in speed and efficiency (when composing and writing), but with that being said, if I continue to experience the same issues with version 10, I’m out. I’ll just learn to be ok with getting my ideas going in Logic. It may not be the fastest but it’s definitely the most stable.