Pro Tools ran out of CPU power. Try de-activating or removing Native plug-ins. (AAE-9173)

Pro Tools ran out of CPU power. Try de-activating or removing Native plug-ins. (AAE-9173) I have updated to Pro Tools 11.1.2 and started noticing more of the AAE-9173 errors. I wasn't sure what was causing it exactly but I knew that it was related to CPU power as the error states "Pro Tools ran out of CPU power. Try de-activating or removing Native plug-ins. (AAE-9173)". After some further online research, I noticed a lot of people saying it is a Pro Tools Update issue. I was working in a very CPU heavy session and looked up what was running in the activity monitor on the Mac. I noticed a few things running that were hanging in the back. I quit that running task and ran "Clean My Mac". Then I went ahead and repaired the disk permission of the main OS drive in disk utility. Although the OS version I'm running is 10.9.2, a lot of the optimizations provided by Avid for 10.8 will do the trick. I did a restart and followed the steps provided by Avid below:

If you encounter this error message (AAE-9173) try the following:

  • Go to Window>System Usage and check the CPU usage meter. If the meter is around 80% or higher you may be pushing the CPU too hard causing the error message. If this is the case, then systematically inactivating Native plug-ins to find the most CPU intensive one then inactivating, replacing with a less CPU intensive plug-in, or printing the processed audio to a new track then inactivating the original track, may help.
  • With Pro Tools 11, try enabling Dynamic Plug-In Processing in the Playback Engine.
  • Ensure that your system has been optimized according to the Pro Tools optimization guide for your system.