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Part VII: Appendices > The CPU and Disk Meters

The CPU and Disk Meters

In the lower right corner of the SONAR window, there are two meters that have absolutely nothing to do with audio amplitude. The CPU meter tells you how much of your CPU's attention is currently being utilized, and the Disk meter tells you how much of your hard disk's read and write capacity is currently being utilized. If either meter hits 100%, SONAR will stop. Once that happens, you need to do something to free up resources.

Every virtual instrument and plug-in effect you assign will cause the CPU meter to increase. Every audio track you record or play will send the Disk meter higher. Use these meters as a guide to managing your resources. If your CPU meter is almost maxed out, you're not going to have any luck firing up another soft synth, and if your Disk meter is close to 100%, you're going to want to do something to fix that before you try to record a six-piece horn section and end up crashing every few measures.


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