Optimizing Windows 7 DAW for audio recording

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2010/11/21 13:28:02 (permalink)

Optimizing Windows 7 DAW for audio recording

I was curious as we used to do this for XP, here is a tutorial put together by Focusrite http://hackyourwindows.com/tutorial/180/How-to-optimize-your-Windows-7-PC-for-audio.html
 
This does add a couple things we did not due with XP.
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    tarsier
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    Re:Optimizing Windows 7 DAW for audio recording 2010/11/22 10:44:38 (permalink)
    Aarrgh. It's a video. Of all the stupid ways to present a LIST of optimizations. Sure, a video is good to illustrate how to do something, but you have to sit through the whole thing to get the entire list.  They should have a text list with links to videos of how to do the individual item.

    Plus, they repeat the myth that you should set your scheduler to "background services".  Noel debunked this one a while back. Leave it set to its default.

    And they suggested setting your theme to 'classic'. That's one of those things that has dubious value for Win7. If you're having trouble with Aero on, then by all means turn it off. But if you're running Sonar fine with Aero on (and I'm pretty sure Brandon's, Seth's, and Robin's demos all have Aero on) then leave it.
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    Re:Optimizing Windows 7 DAW for audio recording 2010/11/24 11:23:35 (permalink)
    i didn't watch the vid, but the only thing i've done to w7 specifically for audio is to keep my vst folder outside the "program files" hive...

    list of stuff
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    Re:Optimizing Windows 7 DAW for audio recording 2010/11/24 11:28:08 (permalink)
    Yeah, the thing about Aero is that it's more or less entirely offloaded to the graphics hardware. It'll make no odds whatsoever to DAW performance on any even half-decent system.

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    Re:Optimizing Windows 7 DAW for audio recording 2010/12/01 13:49:01 (permalink)
    pwal


    i didn't watch the vid, but the only thing i've done to w7 specifically for audio is to keep my vst folder outside the "program files" hive...


    I did not know to do this.
    Could someone explain the benefit of moving the vst folder somewhere besides "program files"

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    Re:Optimizing Windows 7 DAW for audio recording 2010/12/06 10:52:16 (permalink)
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    Aarrgh. It's a video. Of all the stupid ways to present a LIST of optimizations. Sure, a video is good to illustrate how to do something, but you have to sit through the whole thing to get the entire list.  They should have a text list with links to videos of how to do the individual item.

    Plus, they repeat the myth that you should set your scheduler to "background services".  Noel debunked this one a while back. Leave it set to its default.

    And they suggested setting your theme to 'classic'. That's one of those things that has dubious value for Win7. If you're having trouble with Aero on, then by all means turn it off. But if you're running Sonar fine with Aero on (and I'm pretty sure Brandon's, Seth's, and Robin's demos all have Aero on) then leave it.
     
    Hmmm, for novice users I would think a more demonstrated "how to" would be welcome, however for us more seasoned vets I can see how a vid may be overstepping the boundries.
     
    Taking this a step further I have also discovered the use of themes in Win 7.  You can access this by right clicking on the desktop and choosing "preferences" this is the old properties area.  You can have themes set up with on board audio/sounds set on, or set off.
     
    This may be helpful to those that use their DAW for more than just a studio.
     
    Hope this helps some....sorry if I didn't include a link to a video for the nubile.

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    Re:Optimizing Windows 7 DAW for audio recording 2010/12/06 12:20:53 (permalink)
    I recorded a live Christmas Concert on Saturday night and when I do these gigs I always like a back up system running. So I grabbed my little Asus 1000HE netbook ( don't laugh, it worked flawlessly) and installed the drivers for my M Audio Fast track Pro. The netbook runs XP SP3 . Now this comuter is my main internet, office, presentation, download, e-mail. watch movies, playback at live gigs and god only knows what I've got in there etc. I defragged it, that's all.
    I ran dpclat and of course things were ugly, So I did only 2 things, shut off wireless, disabled battery managment and bingo, in the green steady as a rock. Occasional yellow spike.

    So bottom line is even a pathetically small CPU with min RAM will work fine without fuss. For laptops it's that battery management for sure.
    A while back I re did the OS on my DAW. After the fresh install I ran dpclat and it was down at the bottom in the green. This was XP SP3 so not sure how W7 would fair with it's added bloat ware. I used to shut off a bunch of processes now I see no need to. Just system restore which I've never used anyhow. 
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