6 Must Use Settings to Optimize DAW Performance.

Tricks and tricks for an improved & faster Digital Audio Work Station.

Howdy SEA Fans, Welcome to another tiptuesday blog post and today we are discussing various tips on how to improve the efficiency of your DAW.

Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is quite inevitable in today’s world of music production, musicians and sound engineers completely rely on these DAW’s to realize extensive multitrack recordings and mixdowns.

Many audio giants have launched their DAW’s, bundled with features as per engineers needs to fulfill their creative works.

As more and more engineers bank on DAW’s, cracks, dropouts or even complete crashes of the DAW definitely disturbs the creativity, the workflow and ultimately the entire production.

In order to avoid the havoc that can ruin your production, you have to act early and make necessary tweaks to your system as well as to the DAW for optimal performance.

Whichever DAW you use, you need to apply some optimization techniques which we are discussing today like adjusting the buffer size, disabling unwanted system services, disable unused plugins so that there will be no unexpected crackdowns and in this article were shed light on those optimization techniques.

DAW and operating system settings are among the key factors that ensure smooth running software in addition to the computing power of the system which we are using.
Here are the key factors to watch out for when you feel that your DAW’s performance is getting limited.

1. Adjust Buffer Size
The adjustment of the Buffer Size brings two advantages, on the one hand in the recording, on the other hand in the mixdown.
Those who operate their recordings without external hardware monitoring will have to deal with more or less long latency, depending on the audio interface used.
These are created by the so-called audio buffer: a small area of ??main memory that the DAW needs to compute audio data before it is played back. The smaller the buffer, the lower the latency.
The buffer can be adapted to the current situation in any DAW. Therefore, it makes sense to bring it down before each recording session – values ??between 64 and 256 provide acceptable latencies for current systems to work without cracking or dropping.

When mixing a song and extensive projects with many plug-ins it is the other way around.
Through much-used effect and instrument plug-ins faster dropouts and crackers occur here because the DAW – in simple terms – must load much larger amounts of data in the buffer.
The larger the buffer, the more audio data sets can be processed. So if you are through with the recording sessions and are editing or mixing down, you are welcome to screw up the buffer – values ??between 1.024 and 2.048 are not uncommon.
Now, the question of how to proceed, if one drives extensive projects with many plug-ins and still wants to make recordings with low latencies, justifiably arises.

In this case, you should rather create separate projects.

2. Create separate projects
Especially when recording misfires and crackers are just as little use as long latencies.

Therefore, it is worth exporting the current project as a stereo file and creating a separate project for the recording session.
In this, only the exported audio file should be played. As a result, the DAW requires fewer resources again, so you can downsize the buffer – as described in point 1 – for the recording session again.
So you hear your previous arrangement while recording, without having to do without plug-ins, and yet you can record latency-free!
You can then import the shots you are carrying out in this project into your original, extensive project. Instead of adjusting the audio buffer and creating new projects, you can also …

3. Disable plug-ins
Many producers are already screwing in the sound of the tracks while arranging.
Many plug-in calculations, parameter automation and live calculated edits such as pitch and timing corrections can cause the DAW to stutter.
And that, although the buffer may already be set to the maximum. In this case, one should consider whether one or the other sound generator or effect can be disabled unless it contributes significantly to the overall sound or recognition value of the song.
If you absolutely do not want to give up your plug-ins, you can instead render tracks.

4. Clean up the plug-in folder
This tip speeds up less the performance of the playing than the startup of your software.
For example, some DAWs check the plug-in folder for newly added instruments and effects at each startup. In this case, the fewer effects and sound generators are in the plug-in folder, the faster the DAW launch.
In the course of time, you like to collect some useful tools and try out many demos.
Do you really need them all?
If you want to disconnect from one or the other plug-in, first close the DAW before uninstalling effects or sound generators or removing them from the plug-in folder.

5. Update software
Apart from a current operating system, especially DAW, plug-ins and the driver of audio and MIDI hardware should be up to date.
In addition to feature enhancements, updates also often improve performance and stability.
Some software offers automatic update notifications, while others do not.
So it pays to occasionally check out the vendor sites and Authorization Manager apps.

6. Disable system services
A DAW has to share the computing power of the computer with many other programs and services.

And while some are not needed during production, they require a certain amount of memory, processor and graphics power from the computer.

Of course, important services should remain enabled (for example, antivirus software).
Nevertheless, programs that have nothing to do with your production or the stability and security of the operating system must be closed.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are usually not very much in need during recording and mixdown as “not always obvious background services”, such as Windows ‘sidebar, tiles or macOS’ mission control, active corners or messages.

Disabling such services before DAW launch leaves you with more processing power for production.

Apart from the performance, an optimized DAW workflow also decides for successful sessions in a DAW.

Hope you have found the above-discussed topic useful and don’t forget to share your thoughts on the article as comments below.

You are also welcome to share a comment, any other DAW Optimization Tips, other than those discussed above, which you would like to share with the blog readers.

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