Here is the Ableton Live Benchmark project file to use. Just download it, run it and see how many tracks you can get to play without having the sound start crackling up.
Make sure that you’re running 2048 Samples (or the highest available) and 48000 Sample rate.
To see the CPU performance, close all other apps you currently have running on your computer besides Ableton Live and open the Activity Monitor app.
Here’s how to use this test:
- Duplicate the only track that is used in the project.
- Duplicate as many instances of this track as you could and still be able to play the sound without any hickups.
- As soon as you can hear any difficulties in the project, delete tracks until you find that the project sounds fine. That is the amount of tracks that your system can handle in this test.
- Post your results here in this blog post comments. Please make sure to include your version number of Ableton, system (model number, year, specs).
|Computer||# of Test Tracks||Version No.|
|MacBook Pro 16” M1 Max 32GB RAM||245||11.1b5|
|MacBook Pro 13” M1 2020 16GB RAM||133||11.1b6|
|MacBook Pro 16” 2019 2.4 GHz intel core i9 32gb ram||190||11.0.11|
|Dell XPS17 (9700), 4K, 2060Max-Q, 32GB, 2TB SSD, i7-10875H||109||11.0.11|
|Scan 3XS Music production laptop, i7-10750h, 32 gb ram||153||11.0.11|
|i9-10900K PC Desktop, 64GB, 2TB SSD, RTX3080, Windows 11 Pro||184||11.0.11|
|MacBook Pro 16" 2021 M1 Pro 16GB RAM||205||11.1b6|
|MacBook Pro 16" 2021 M1 Pro (Running in Rosetta)||150||11.1b6|
|MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2014 2.6Ghz i5 8GB RAM||32||11.0.11|
|MacBook Pro 16" 2021 M1 Pro 16GB RAM||32||11.1b5|
|MacBook Air M1 8-Core||12||11.1b5|
|iMac 27 2020 i9 3,6Ghz 10-core||180||11|