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 compressor, EQ, reverb etc, and we have for example 20 tracks to mix then.. these plugins will ‘eat’ much of memory usage.
If your RAM size is below 16 Gb maybe you will often having trouble wit your Mac clicking, lag or even worse your DAW software freezing.
This is things you can do to optimize your Mac OS performance for working with Digital Audio Workstation software, by tweaking your Mac setting, so it can run ‘smoothly.’
Disable automatic updates
Open System Preferences go to > App Store > Uncheck 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.
Disable computer sleep
Go to System Preferences > Energy Saver > Set computer sleep to Never.
Also uncheck Put hard disk to sleep when possible.
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 Mac OS Sierra.. I know you love Siri but it’s better to disable Siri while 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 running Mac OS Sierra the terminal command has removed, but it will automatically running in the background.
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.
- 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 Dshboard and notification centre.
- Unplug unused hardware.
- 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.
Okay! Maybe I will update this post next time if I’ve found new tricks. Anyway! 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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