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Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:04 am
by Acoustica Greg
If you're having trouble with computer lagging and high CPU use, check out this video:

Optimize Your Computer For Use With Mixcraft

Use this topic to post about any good computer optimization tips you've come across.

Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:58 am
by gypsy101
I'll post more later but for now-
to lower CPU usage always remember to freeze any non-working tracks. :wink:

Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:11 pm
by Acoustica Greg
Some plugins are really CPU-hungry. For example, the Pultronic Tube EQ effect is like that. Try to notice which plugins are adding a lot of CPU load and then you can freeze those tracks, use the CPU-intensive plugin sparingly, or find alternatives.

Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:16 pm
by outteh
If you use an external audio interface disable your on board sound card. If you need to leave your on-board sound card enabled, disable any audio enhancements that it may use such as EQ or Surround Sound emulation.

Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:45 am
by gypsy101
my original thread w/ vids-
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=14103

Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:05 pm
by outteh
Found this little advice sheet on WIn 7 tweaking for best audio performance. Some of the tips are pretty common knowledge but there are some that are a bit more advanced if you want to give them a try.

http://www.sweetwater.com/sweetcare/downloads/Windows_7_Optimization_Guide.pdf

Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:34 pm
by gypsy101
outteh wrote:Found this little advice sheet on WIn 7 tweaking for best audio performance. Some of the tips are pretty common knowledge but there are some that are a bit more advanced if you want to give them a try.

http://www.sweetwater.com/sweetcare/downloads/Windows_7_Optimization_Guide.pdf


they also have that for XP & Vista. :wink:

Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 1:58 pm
by MikeDVI
I just used this on my system. Works perfectly!! Thanks for the link!!

Mike

Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:12 pm
by outteh
Super! Glad it helped - wish we had some more tips especially with audio interface trouibleshooting - that appears to be most folks biggest issue when things go wrong. :)

Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:18 am
by gypsy101
outteh wrote:Super! Glad it helped - wish we had some more tips especially with audio interface trouibleshooting - that appears to be most folks biggest issue when things go wrong. :)


tip o' tha day-don't buy Behringer. :lol:

Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:54 am
by gypsy101
if your DAW computer is hooked to the internet-
turn off ALL automatic updates,especially JAVA & Adobe
run full system anti-virus scans @ least once a week.
also run the same scans w/ the comp in SAFEMODE.

use more than 1 anti-virus program for scans but not @ the same time.
Avast & AVG are both free.
also use something like Regcure or CCleaner to clean/repair your registry often.

one more thing- a lot of malicious junk comes w/ free vst's.be aware of how you download them.
use "save as" or manual download in most cases & check every progress screen to make sure the extra junk boxes are not checked.

Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:52 pm
by clavguy
these are certainly all great tips.. but I am not so sure that RegClean etc are anything to write home about. I consider them more malware than anything else.. You install them and then you cant get them out.

Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:35 am
by Mark Bliss
Interesting discovery, kind of fits in on this subject.

While working on a large project right at the limits of my resources - In this example 25+ stems on my laptop, no effects inserts or clips, playing smoothly. I added a track to see how it fit in, and it seemed to push me over the limit, and began exhibiting the typical resource overload behavior. But since the track worked I imported it into the project folder and saved the project, and playback went back to as before, playing smooth as could be!

Point is, that at the edge of resource limitations, in this case probably HD r/w speed limitations, Having all the stems in the project folder instead of scattered about on your HD might help get that last little bit of performance out of your system.

Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 4:31 am
by gypsy101
mbliss wrote:Interesting discovery, kind of fits in on this subject.

While working on a large project right at the limits of my resources - In this example 25+ stems on my laptop, no effects inserts or clips, playing smoothly. I added a track to see how it fit in, and it seemed to push me over the limit, and began exhibiting the typical resource overload behavior. But since the track worked I imported it into the project folder and saved the project, and playback went back to as before, playing smooth as could be!

Point is, that at the edge of resource limitations, in this case probably HD r/w speed limitations, Having all the stems in the project folder instead of scattered about on your HD might help get that last little bit of performance out of your system.


never thought of that. I have one tune that is driving me crazy w/ overload @ just one 30 second guitar solo. I was thinking (since it's Shred sim) either do it over w/ my regular rig or drop all the fx,duplicate the track,delete the original,then add the fx back in to see if it's just a quirk in that instance.

I'm not freezing anything on that song again- :roll:
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=15077

Re: Optimize your PC for Mixcraft!

Posted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:12 am
by outteh
So the resource issue occurred during track creation, but went away after it was recorded and saved. How did you get through the time you were creating the track?