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Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

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dougc
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Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Postby dougc » Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:03 am

I have found that using the 32bit instead of 64 in Mixcraft 7 Pro
makes a huge difference. I was using bout 65 to 75% usage on
my CPU and system with the 64bit. Using 32bit I can have a ton
of effects going on 6 tracks and on my master with only
pushing about 35% usage. I have 5gig of ram on my PC.


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Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Postby gypsy101 » Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:23 am

this part may be "controversial" for some.
if running a Windows based 32 bit system the most Windows will show is 3.5gb of RAM although you may have more installed. here is a way to unlock more-
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/unlock-64g ... pae-patch/

http://www.unawave.de/windows-7-tipps/3 ... ml?lang=EN

a more technical version-
http://superuser.com/questions/67444/is ... windows-os

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Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Postby ruhestrom » Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:44 pm

dougc wrote:I have found that using the 32bit instead of 64 in Mixcraft 7 Pro
makes a huge difference. I was using bout 65 to 75% usage on
my CPU and system with the 64bit. Using 32bit I can have a ton
of effects going on 6 tracks and on my master with only
pushing about 35% usage. I have 5gig of ram on my PC.


i´m at 12 tracks on my current project, with in average 4 effects on each, and the system starts to peak into the 45-50% marks. The song is about 5:20 long at moment, most of the tracks are guitars adn drums ... Using the 64bit version on my

AMD FX4100 (better per-core performance than many "better" processors, except for the 8000er series really)
8GB 1333 DDR3 Ram
Realtek HD audio (stock onboard)
Windows 10 64bit

it works for me, if it starts to run "unsober" i just mix a few down which usually makes room for more :)

thinking about a better sound card (built in), but i´m unsure if it will make much difference performance wise

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Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Postby Starship Krupa » Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:21 pm

I tried to go with the 64-bit version, but the performance is so much better in the 32-bit version that I've pretty much abandoned it.

The big issue seems to be overhead from the VST wrapper. Acoustica just ship too many 32-bit plugs for me to be able to use the 64-bit program.

No problem, the 32-bit version does everything I want it to do on my aging Core 2 Quad!
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Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Postby jflemmingjr » Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:23 am

I have a question to any who can answer. Im not a computer guru and I am still kind of learning but Im looking onto getting this desktop CPU and this is what it comes with. How do you think it will work with Mixcraft 7 Pro? I know it will be better than I have now but Im going for a CPU that will use less CPU resaources. The one I have now isnt that great.
Operating System • Windows 10 Home
Processor • AMD A6-7310 Quad-Core Accelerated Processor
• Quad-Core Processor Speed • 2.00GHz
Cache • 2MB L2 Cache
Memory • 6GB PC3-12800 DDR3L-1600 SDRAM memory 1x4GB and 1x2GB (expandable to 16GB)
Hard Drive • 1TB 7200RPM Serial ATA hard drive
Optical Drive(s) • Ultra Slim Tray SuperMulti DVD Burner
• Write: 8x max DVD±R SL, 6x max DVD±R DL, 8x max DVD+RW, 6x max DVD-RW, 5x max DVD-RAM, 24x max CD-R, 10x max CD-RW
• Read: 8x max DVD-ROM/±R (SL/DL), 8x max DVD±RW, 5x max DVD-RAM, 24x max CD-ROM/R/RW
• Data transfer rates up to 3,600 KB/s (CD read/write) and 10,800 KB/s (DVD read/write)
Video Graphics • AMD Radeon™ R4 Graphics
• Up to 3328MB Total Available Graphics Memory as allocated by Windows 10
Network Interface • 10/100/1000 Base-T Network

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Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Postby FranklinNewhart » Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:07 pm

A program on your computer called Resource Monitor is a good tool. You can suspend a lot of un-needed processes and then save the profile as a file. Before you start Mixcraft just open Resource Monitor and load your profile and all the un-needed resources are gone. if you do need those resources after you exit Mixcraft then default settings can be restores in Resource Monitor.

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Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Postby tkres » Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:15 am

Have noticed in 64 bit Win 7 / Mixcraft 7 64 for a track multi with 2 64 bit VSTi 's and 1 32 bit VSTi' running there will be 2 or 3 instances of Mixcraft 32 bit VST host running in process manager that appear to hang around degrading performance even after closing the 32 bit VSTi instance .Now check every time after opening anything requiring the 32 bit
wrapper. Seems OK with a clean session

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Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Postby mjmclane » Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:17 pm

Microsoft reports that Win 10 Creators Update has a "gaming mode" that optimizes the computer so that systems resources are focused on the gaming app and minimizes superfluous background activities. Will this have any positives for Mixcraft?

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Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Postby Acoustica Greg » Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:22 pm

mjmclane wrote:Microsoft reports that Win 10 Creators Update has a "gaming mode" that optimizes the computer so that systems resources are focused on the gaming app and minimizes superfluous background activities. Will this have any positives for Mixcraft?


Hi,

Sounds like it should. Laptops especially can have issues where they are optimized to prolong battery life instead of provide high performance.

Greg
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Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Postby JsinOwl » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:52 am

I've been using this site for years to figure out which Windows services can be disabled without causing any issues:

http://www.blackviper.com/service-configurations/

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Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Postby MXCRFT864 » Tue May 02, 2017 7:17 am

Another major improvement to using any DAW is to use at least a second hard drive (internal or external) for recording audio and storing your projects. And using yet another drive to store your loops/samples is good too if you have a large sample library.

Otherwise, you're slowing things down by making one hard drive run the OS, DAW, access plugins, stream audio (read) and record audio (write) at the same time. It takes more time with all that back and forth to different sectors on the same disc.
Mixcraft 8 Pro 64-Bit on Dell Optiplex 755 with 2.83Ghz Xeon Quadcore 8) and 8GB RAM. Windows 7 64-Bit.

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Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Postby Acoustica Greg » Tue May 02, 2017 8:42 am

MXCRFT864 wrote:Another major improvement to using any DAW is to use at least a second hard drive (internal or external) for recording audio and storing your projects. And using yet another drive to store your loops/samples is good too if you have a large sample library.

Otherwise, you're slowing things down by making one hard drive run the OS, DAW, access plugins, stream audio (read) and record audio (write) at the same time. It takes more time with all that back and forth to different sectors on the same disc.


But you'd better be sure they are fast drives. A slow hard drive, or a slow hard drive interface, can really impede performance.
Mixcraft 8 - The Musician's DAW
Give it a try here: http://acoustica.com/mixcraft/
Check out our Mixcraft University video tutorials.

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Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Postby Ian Craig » Wed May 10, 2017 6:40 pm

Thanks Gypsy101 and JsinOwl for providing the links. I've finally got Mixcraft 8 working properly after months of endless crashes and support isssues. Cheers :D
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Mixcraft 8 Pro Studio Build 418 (64bit)
AMD Ryzen Core 3.0 GHz,
2TB SSD etc, 40GB RAM,
Windows 10 Professional
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (1st Gen, USB2).

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Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Postby Acoustica Greg » Thu May 11, 2017 8:49 am

Ian Craig wrote:Thanks Gypsy101 and JsinOwl for providing the links. I've finally got Mixcraft 8 working properly after months of endless crashes and support isssues. Cheers :D


Hi,

Did you find any particular culprit, or was it a variety of things?

Greg
Mixcraft 8 - The Musician's DAW
Give it a try here: http://acoustica.com/mixcraft/
Check out our Mixcraft University video tutorials.


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