what exact CC version? all the numbers please
PC performance while running:
looks about right
insert my music in the designated location, the push play. Almost instantly it drops to like 2 FPS and the audio gets really slowed down as well.
Ae can't give a real time playback (hit play and watch without calculating first) for layers with effects without caching first, so you should manage expectations. it needs to calculate the effects or whatever you got there. if the audio is slowed down because of not real time playback you can press here under preferences. this is my default
other then that keep in mind Ae is rarely real-time. what you can do is set your preview panel to a setting that suits your workflow. for me it's this.
it caches the frame, it turns green, not I can playback by pressing again over the green cached frames.
my spacebar settings are for already cached frames so it can play instantly provided that the bar is green (frames are cached) and no Audio.
read here and find which settings suits you. the latest version offers more preview flexibility than ever:
if you still have trouble try to focus on what exactly is the problem and give specific details: how long is your composition, what resolution, which effects etc/
Thanks, I appreciate it. When I get home I will definately try this. In the mean time it is 2015.3 i believe. Version 13.8.1