As you know using PC or Mac for running DAW is take a lot of memory usages especially in mixing section. We may need to use ton of plugins to capture sound that we wanted.
If in every single track we using plugins such as Compressor, EQ, Reverb etc. And we have for example 20 tracks to mix, then.. these plugins will ‘eat’ very very much of your computer memory usage.
If your RAM size is below 16 Gb, maybe you will often having trouble with your Mac clicking, lag or even worse your DAW software freezing.
So! this is things you can try to do to optimize your Mac OS performance for working with Digital Audio Workstation software. By tweaking your Mac setting, so it can run ‘smoothly’ even with a minimum RAM on it.
Disable automatic updates
Open System Preferences go to > App Store > uncheck for ‘Automatically check for updates‘
It will stoping your Mac OS automatically check for software updates in the background, so always remember to check for updates manually.
Or, alternatively you can only uncheck for ‘Download newly available updates in the background’ and let ‘Automatically check for updates’ leave it on checked.
Disable Computer Sleep
Go to System Preferences > Energy Saver > Set computer sleep to Never.
Also uncheck Put hard disk to sleep when possible. Important! by doing this may make your hard disk get hotter. So! if you are not using your Mac for recording instead using it for general use, always remember to check it back.
Remove Start Up Items
In System Preferences go to > User & Groups > Choose your account > Login items and remove all Start up items by click on them and then clicking (-) button.
Turn Off Time Machine
Go to Time Machine setting in System Preferences and turn off Back Up Automatically.
Don’t forget to occasionally you Back Up manually with Time Machine and than turn it off again when you done.
Turn Off Firewall
Still in System Preferences go to Security & Privacy settings > Firewall and turn it off.
You always can turn it on again while not Recording or Mixing.
If you running macOS Sierra or newer macOS .. I know you love Siri but it’s better to disable Siri while you are recording.
To temporary disable Siri open Siri setting in System Preferences > Uncheck ‘Enable Siri’
Repair Disk Permission
In Mac OS X El Capitan you will not found Repair disk permission feature in Disk Utility but you still can repair disk permission using Terminal command.
Here is the command
If you are running Yosemite and previouse version of Mac OS you can just open Disk Utilities in Application > Utilities and run Repair Disk Permission.
If you running macOS Sierra the terminal command has removed, but it will automatically running in the background. So you don’t have to worry about it 🙂
- Turn off Airport while recording is a wise choice.
- Also turn off bluetooth if you are not using Bluetooth keyboard or mouse.
- Close unnecessary application while recording or mixing.
- Remove unnecessary widgets in Dashboard and Notification Centre.
- Update your Audio Interface driver to the latest version.
Okay! above are things we can do to optimizing Mac OS for Digital Audio Workstation performance that we can apply, however consider to upgrade your RAM if your Mac have RAM below 8 gb in size.
For ‘safe’ and avoid your DAW software freeze glitch etc having 8 gb above installed is really recommended.
So if what we have is computer with only 4 or 8 GB Memory then maybe tweaking these settings can help a bit the computers to ‘breath’.
You know.. a Professional studios usually have high spec computer “God’s computer spec”, so don’t compare your computer with them! just saying.
It’s better to start work with computer and gear that we already have to start recording a demo! practice to mixing our own song! while saving money to buy a better gear in the future.
Anyway! Maybe I will update this post next time if I’ve found new “tricks.” Until then, if you have a better suggestion, method or if there something I missed please let me know in comment below. Thanks! 🙂
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