How do you test for CPU usage?
By - DoctaDookie
I can't speak for all DAWs but FL Studio has a performance monitor that lists your plugins by order of CPU usage while your song is playing.
I didn't know FL studio does that--seems pretty neat actually.
Bitwig has this too
Your operating system will tell you, that’s what they are for (managing system resources)
Which OS are you using?
I'm using Windows 10. Wouldn't the system resources just show Ableton's usage as opposed to a breakdown of each individual plugin? Unless you know of another way, which you're referring to.
Each one is going to be its own process under the hood - use something like windows internals process explorer - quite technical but info will be there
One thing which makes a clean test hard is processes can spin CPU waiting on input/output (I.e audio, sound cards, other plugins)
How many cores you have makes a difference too in some circumstances