Re: How to handle bigger projects?
You could try "freezing" tracks. That applies all the effects and processing to a track then inserts a copy of the resulting audio into the track and switches off all the fx on the track. Which means those plugins are not longer using cpu resources. To revert the track to the state it was before frozen so you can work on it again just unfreeze it.
It slows down working a bit because of the time needed to freeze or unfreeze tracks, but it was pretty much essential in the days before modern multi-core fast cpus.
Other than that, a faster cpu is probably the way to go. The faster the better, and personally I'd go for Intel rather than AMD though that might just be my prejudice, the last time I used AMD cpus was many years ago when they were better performers than Intel. Probably back when cpus had just the one core.....
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