Tips for controlling cpu usage...with plugins

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by geeknik, Aug 11, 2005.

  1. geeknik

    geeknik Guest


    I am going to be mixing a project next week that will have around 24 tracks. The main plugs I want to use are some waves stuff, drumagog, brick wall, sonitus compressors, eqs, and reverb. I have been running reverb through an effects send and individually adjusting the effects bus on each track...but the compression will need to be on several individual tracks, and I have been putting a little on the entire mix. What are some suggestions on keeping my CPU usage at a minimum.

    I am running MSI K8T-NEO2 with AMD 64 3000+, 1GB of Ram DDR400 dual channel, 120GB WD IDE driver 7200RPM...Sonar 4...tascam fw-1884, and behringer ADA8000 for inputs.
  2. Derm

    Derm Guest

    If Sonar 4 has a "Freeze" function ( I think it does) you can use this to reduce CPU overhead
  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    With that setup, I doubt you'll have to worry about it.
  4. geeknik

    geeknik Guest

    I've already had a couple of dropouts...but I haven't noticed any clicks and pops in my mixdowns really. How exactly does the freeze function work? It does have it.
  5. Derm

    Derm Guest

    The freeze function is a temporary ( or permanent if you like ) bounce of any track with its plug ins. For example if you had a guitar track and you added chorus, delay & distortion plug ins, the freeze function overwrites the guitar track with all the fx mixed in.With a VSTi you can save Ram by freezing the track and then removing the VSTi. You are a left with an audio track that is much lighter on your system. If at any time you decide there is maybe too much distortion o your guitar track, you can unfreeze and edit before freezing again
  6. Derm

    Derm Guest

    Also if your computer has other non music uses, you should disable them to free up resources, printers, anti virus etc.
  7. geeknik

    geeknik Guest

    Thanks for that explaination. The computer is a strict daw...everything else is disabled.
  8. aztec

    aztec Guest

    Maybe your problem is caused by denormalisation, some of the waves plugins are known to have such issues.

    Have a look (Dead Link Removed)
    and maybe download and try normalizer, see if you get less overall cpu usage.

    You can also visit and read some of their tuning/tweaks there.

    Take care

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