Thanks SO much for taking the time to test that Robert very much appreciated :)
Sounds like you have exactly the same issue but as low latency monitoring doesn't work you've turned it off. Low latency monitoring when tracking Maschine drum parts is pretty important to me unfortunately :(
I bought the Presonus StudioLive 32 (awesome and recommended btw! - 32 channels of USB audio at very low latency) When tracking a live band I set the buffer a little higher and monitor through the desk so again dropout protection is switched off otherwise I get dropouts when record enabling multiple drum tracks.
This is all still a little mind blowing though when you consider what's going on under the hood. To provide context I find on my typical projects:
A. Dropout protection OFF:
ALL tracks and plugins, VST instruments (often 30+ tracks tons of CPU intensive plugins + 3-4 Kontakt instances!)
ALL tracks running at a VERY low latency and low buffer of 64 samples
Result: Works fine on my 6 core :)
B. Dropout protection ON:
ALL tracks in the session are now running at a massively increased buffer size of 2000+ samples taking a massive load of the CPU
Record enable a SINGLE track so just one track now runs under low latency monitoring at 64 samples(remember this works fine with ALL tracks running at 64 samples not just one!)
Result: Performance meter hits 100% and dropouts occur :(
There should theoretically be a lot more headroom with this feature on to run a single VST instrument on one of the cores.
Presonus hopefully can find a way make this run more efficiently with low latency monitoring of instruments ON. Of course it's a challenging feature to get right but I'm not looking for miracles, my feature request is simply to improve efficiency a bit to make it more workable on a heavily loaded session for two these two main scenarios:
-Drum tracking (ability to record enable a reasonable number of tracks without dropouts)
-VST instruments like Kontakt/Maschine (ability to record at least one instrument with LLM without dropouts)
I'll try disabling Console 1 plugins too that might help but it's not a very helpful workaround lol!
I'm with you though S1 is too good a DAW in every other way so I'll just work round this by using less plugins, enabling/disabling plugins where required and bouncing tracks to audio.
I'm hoping they improve this feature so it works with LLM as it would be a complete game changer for me in terms of S1 workflow!
Thanks again for taking the time to test this, the useful suggestions and the additional info!