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Mist001
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Slow Project Loading Time

Post by Mist001 » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:17 am

Every so often, I like to clean my PC of it's temporary files, cookies and so on and I use a program called 'Crap Cleaner' to do it. Once it's done, I restart my PC so everything's fresh.

Mixcraft opens fine without any problem but loading a project takes an exceedingly long time, in excess of 3 minutes. Is this normal?

I have exceptions for Mixcraft folders and files listed in Crap Cleaner and this one track in particular, only has one VST to be loaded (Old Skool Verb), so it's not like there's a lot of files for Mixcraft to scan.

I've provided a link to a video which I took of the process (beware! it's 3 minutes long and just a PC screen), but you can see the progress bar and what's happening.

My PC is pretty fast, (SSD, 12Gb memory, 3.2 Ghz CPU), so it's not hardware related.

Any suggestions as to how I can improve the project loading times?

Cheers.

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Re: Slow Project Loading Time

Post by jlouvar » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:28 am

I manually remove temporary files and I’ve never encountered that problem, so no it’s not normal. Here is an example of how I manually clean up my computer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3cjTqC ... x=3&t=605s
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Re: Slow Project Loading Time

Post by Acoustica Greg » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:44 am

Hi,

Yes, it's normal. Here's why:

The first time you load an audio file, Mixcraft analyzes the audio and generates a temporary peak file (.mpk file). The temporary files allow the audio file to load quickly the next time you open the project.

If you delete your temporary files, Mixcraft will have to analyze the audio and generate the peak files again.

Analyzing the audio allows Mixcraft to display the waveforms on the clips, for one thing.

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Re: Slow Project Loading Time

Post by jlouvar » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:57 am

Oops, I didn’t know that, so I stand corrected. However I’ve never encountered a 3 minute startup time. Anyway, thanks Greg for the information.
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Re: Slow Project Loading Time

Post by Acoustica Greg » Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:13 am

A lot of it would depend on the number of unique audio clips in the project, along with hard drive / processing speed.
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Re: Slow Project Loading Time

Post by Mist001 » Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:44 pm

Thanks for the replies.

Where are the Mixcraft temporary .mpk files stored? I could then add an exception to Crap Cleaner to ignore that particular folder/files since I don't want to delete anything to do with Mixcraft anyway.

Thanks.

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Re: Slow Project Loading Time

Post by Acoustica Greg » Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:47 pm

Hi,

In your Windows temp folder. You can see the exact folder in General preferences.

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Re: Slow Project Loading Time

Post by Mist001 » Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:38 pm

Found them at:

C:\Users\******\AppData\Local\Temp\Mixcraft\C\Users\*****\Desktop\Audio Visual\MY AUDIO WORK\AUDIO RECORDING\PURE ELECTRONIC\******\1

That's very handy to know so I've added them to Crap Cleaner exceptions, thanks!

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Re: Slow Project Loading Time

Post by MikeDVI » Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:31 pm

Thanks for sharing this!! I do the exact same procedure with CCleaner, and have noted the same results. Will find and add the .mpk files location on mine as well and give this a go!

Mike

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Re: Slow Project Loading Time

Post by hredthel » Fri May 15, 2020 7:53 pm

I'm currently at about 1.5 hours load time for my projects. They are about 30-65 minutes (basically entire albums in one file) with hundreds and hundreds of audio clips. I had no idea about any of this info and I am very glad I found this thread. I'm going to add the MX8 users directory to my CCleaner exceptions and see if it helps!

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Re: Slow Project Loading Time

Post by hredthel » Fri May 15, 2020 7:57 pm

Acoustica Greg wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:47 pm
Hi,

In your Windows temp folder. You can see the exact folder in General preferences.

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Can I change this directory to one of my SSD drives? My windows directory is on an M2 drive with very limited space!

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Re: Slow Project Loading Time

Post by Acoustica Greg » Mon May 18, 2020 9:20 am

Hi,

Yes, you could do that.

The temp files make subsequent loading of a project faster.

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