Use Balanced Cables. Not really an optimisation tips, but this one is important all the same. If your mixer and audio interface supports them, use balanced cables. These will reduce noise along the audio chain. Get enough RAM. Work out what you want to do and then get enough ram to support this. I would consider 8 gig as the bare minimum these days. If you are going to use VST synths that use large libraries, then consider 16 gig, or even 32 gig. Get SSD Disks. SSD drives have come down in price and have become more reliable. If you can, put everything on SSD and just have your spindle disk for external backup. Having content of SSDs can decrease load times for the sampled content. Disable Intel Speedstep. You can either do this in your BIOS (some call it EIST, check your motherboard manual) or in the Windows 10 power settings. Start + Run > control powercfg.cpl,,1 Set Minimum and Maximum processor state to 100% Disable C-States (optional). Some motherboards will perform better for a DAW if C-States are disabled in the BIOS. If you are getting random clicks and pops here and there, give this a try and see if it fixes it. I did find in my case it did. To see how you do this, check with your motherboard manual. Disable USB Power Saving. This is also done in the power settings. Start + Run > control powercfg.cpl,,1 USB Selective suspend settings to Disabled This prevents USB devices like Audio Interface and USB controllers from going off line and they are not used for a while. Another option is to go into device manager and for any USB root hub, deselect the power management option to “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” Start + Run > devmgmt.msc NVidia card owners. Disable power saving on these cards. Nvidia Control Panel > 3D Settings > Manage 3D Settings. Set Power Management Mode to “Prefer maximum Performance” Access Nvidia Control Panel by right clicking blank area on desktop. Update Drivers (and Manually). Keep all of your hardware drivers up to date - including your network and GPU drivers. Tell Windows Updates never to touch drivers. There are two ways to do this. Here is how: 1) Group Policy. Start + Run gpedit.msc (if on WIndows 10 Pro) Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update. Set “Do not include drivers with Windows Update” to enabled 2) Registry. Start + Run regedit (if on WIndows 10 Home) Goto HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Add the key WindowsUpdate In that key add the DWORD item ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate and set it to 1 Set Performance Options for Best Performance. Open up Visual Effects in Performance Options and enable: Adjust for Best Performance. Start + run systempropertiesperformance Turn off Core Parking. Core Parking is a feature that can set your cores to idle based on current utilisation. For a DAW you would want to disable Core Parking to ensure optimum performance for your DAW at all times. ParkControl is a piece of software that can do this for you. Running Antivirus software? If you are running any anti-virus software (which you should be if your DAW PC is online), set relevant folder exceptions so that your DAW program and content directories are not included in any scans. Check your anti-virus for instructions specific to your anti-virus software as to how to do this. About ASIO4ALL. Try to avoid having ASIO4ALL on your DAW PC at all - even if not actually used. ASIO4ALL is simply a WDM driver placed in an ASIO wrapper to look like they are in ASIO mode to any DAW. If your audio interface comes with native ASIO drivers, then it’s best to use these.
DAW Optimisation Tips