How to Increase Your DAW’s Performance
Posted on 24/09/2015
Have you ever found your DAW is struggling to perform as well as it should? Do you keep getting messages saying “Out of Virtual Memory” when loading VST’s? If yes then follow these steps to allocate more processing power to your DAW. This is for Windows PC’s.
Give your DAW priority.
Step 1: Open up your DAW
Step 2: Right click on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen (where all the programs are shown) and select ‘Start Task Manager’
Step 3: Click on the ‘Processes’ tab and locate your DAW in the list.
Step 4: Right click on your DAW’s process and under ‘Set Priority’ change this to ‘High’
Increase Virtual Memory
Step 1: Go to Control Panel, click ‘System and Security’, then click ‘System’
Step 2: On the left side click on ‘Advanced System Settings’
Step 3: Click on the ‘Advanced’ tab and click ‘Settings’ next to Performance
Step 4: Click on the ‘Advanced’ tab and click ‘Change’ next to Virtual Memory
Step 5: De-tick ‘Automatically manage paging file size for all drives’
Step 6: Next to ‘Custom Size’ increase the value here – This uses your hard drives memory and creates virtual RAM from it. Do not set this value very high or else you wont have any hard drive space left. The general rule is 1.5x your physical RAM, so if you have 8gb RAM installed, set the minimum virtual RAM to 12000.
Click ok and you should be good to go!