So I am slowly understanding this system. What exactly do audio ports do and what is the most efficient number to have? I am running a single quad-core computer with 16Gb of memory. Right now I have it set to 24 ports but I am crashing pretty regularly. So far I am only taking the stereo out of each instance so do I need all those other audio ports and are they affecting my CPU load?
Part of what I am also going to change is the buffers - I have had them set to 0, I am going to try 1. Also, since I am attempting to open 4 instances and I have a quad-core computer, I suppose my thread count should be 1? I would like to have an instance open for each of the following: strings, brass, woodwinds, and harp-mallets. Then I am running Kontakt 4 with percussion and other soft-synths as well. What might be an optimum setting to try?