In the last two days, Ableton Live crashed on me 3 times in 2 completely unrelated projects. Every time, the Ableton track recovery did not work with regard to the parameters of at least one plugin. I have some ideas which plugins might be causing it due the fact that these are not recovered after crashes, but it’s more than one, and they are all high quality made by most trusted developers, still being developed and so on. My fav drum plugin is among those, but I won’t name names for now
But what can you do about it? I don’t want to stop using the plugins that might cause it, so i just try to save regularly. But even then, as has been noted in a different thread, in some rare cases Ableton crashes also seem to take down project files (no idea how that works, maybe they are already broken when saved, but it seems to happen like that). With regard to switching to another DAW, I had better experiences with Bitwig, but I even made the plugin crash protection crash once. And I miss some Ableton stuff in Bitwig, so I keep coming back to Live and just try to save regularly… but somehow I don’t remember having that many and frequent crashes when using Live or Reason a few years ago…
So what are your experiences with DAWs crashing, how does it affect your workflow and DAW/plugin selection, how are you trying to minimize the frequency of crashes and how do you cope when it happens? ^^
How often does your DAW crash?
- Never. It’s solid.
- Maybe once in a full moon when I try something really crazy.
- Somewhat regularly, but not in every project or session.
- In every session or project at least once.