On Windows 10 systems, the installation of Ableton Live can cause performance issues in Cubase and Nuendo that might appear as dropouts even while the general load is low.
The specific cause is still being investigated, but the problem seems to be related to the ReWire component of Live.
Please note that the audio performance depends on many factors. However, for troubleshooting purposes, a possible influence of Live on Cubase/Nuendo can be ruled out by following these steps:
- Close all programs.
- Navigate to this folder: C:\ProgramData\Ableton\Live 9 Suite\Program
ProgramData is a hidden folder. Here is a simple way to access it:
- Press the Windows logo key + R simultaneously to open the 'Run' command prompt.
- In the command line of the 'Run' window, enter this shortcut: %programdata%
- Hide the file 'Ableton Live Engine.dll', for example by renaming it to 'Ableton Live Engine hidden'.
- Start Cubase or Nuendo.
Important: By renaming the file Live loses all ReWire functions!
Of course, this workaround can easily be revoked. As soon as the file gets back its original name, ReWire is available in Live again.