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Daw Optimazation Tips & Tweaks For Windows 7?
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zoobooboozoo
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Hey all.

I got quite a lot of tweaking info for a DAW that runs on Windows 7 on the internet,
and especially from a few guides by PreSonus,

but there are some contradictions between some of the info so I wanted to ask:
What's the best, most reliable and most updated tips about tweaking and optimizing Windows 7 for a DAW?

Thanks in Advance, ZBBZ.
matthewgorman
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The only thing I can contribute is the steps that I take. Been running S1 on Win 7 since day 1. My DAW pc is dual purpose for work, so I am limited in what I can do to it. However, S1 runs fantastic on this laptop so I really don't need to do much more. Here is what I do to set up for recording:

Go to MSCONFIG. On the services tab, check box to hide all MS services, then I stop all services. Then, rt click "My Computer", and select properties. Go to Advanced settings, then the advanced tab, and select performance. Set visual effects for "Best Performance", then under advanced set for "Background Services". The last thing I do is select the "Audio Processing" power profile from the Presonus site.

That is all of the optimizing that I do. With that, my Lenovo is able to run at a buffer of 64, and I rarely see the processor get above 10%, and that is with up to 15 tracks or so of audio recording at once.
Matt

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General Lee
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Best optimization is simply to have a powerful computer and lots of memory. That's quite accessible in this day and age. My Quad Core/8GB machine is already a couple of years old, but still has more than enough horse power to run Studio One 2.5, and all the plugins/software instruments I could ever wish to use for standard pop/jazz/country projects. I've tried all the tweaks and have found that the gains from them are virtually non-existent as far as any noticeable gains are concerned. About the only one I really bother with anymore is the "background services" one. The one thing I would recommend is the use of SSDs for instrument samples. Speeds up the loading of project considerably...

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I think...therefore I use Studio One...
seamus mulligan
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Turn off prefetch, suprfetch, and indexing (especially on SSD)
Turn off power management (in the bios and in the OS)
In the bios use S1 sleep state
Make sure the port you're using for your interface isn't going to sleep (usb, firewire, ect...)
Set a low IRQ for your audio interface if possible
Use windows basic theme
Kill UAC
Disable the onboard soundcard and any HDMI audio devices.
Disable USB3.0 if your using a USB interface
Turn off ALL software auto-update startup items with msconfig
Turn off autorun
Turn off all realtime anivirus scanners, use only on-demand
Turn off all wireless networking while recording (including bluetooth)


I like to use a program called rt7lite to streamline windows before I ever install it.




Seamus Mulligan
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brent mosher
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General Lee wrote:Best optimization is simply to have a powerful computer and lots of memory. That's quite accessible in this day and age. My Quad Core/8GB machine is already a couple of years old, but still has more than enough horse power to run Studio One 2.5, and all the plugins/software instruments I could ever wish to use for standard pop/jazz/country projects. I've tried all the tweaks and have found that the gains from them are virtually non-existent as far as any noticeable gains are concerned. About the only one I really bother with anymore is the "background services" one. The one thing I would recommend is the use of SSDs for instrument samples. Speeds up the loading of project considerably...


I agree with this. I have Windows 7 and run S1 Pro with an internet connection. I've got four anti-virus programs always running. Never a problem. SSDs are great if you can afford them, they do help launch times, but I don't think they effect performance that much.
 
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