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Part VII: Appendices > Lightening the Load

Lightening the Load

There are several tricks you can use to free up CPU resources. One of the biggest is to make sure that when you run SONAR you only run SONAR. Other open applications consume processor cycles and memory that SONAR could be using on your music, so close them all. Anti-virus programs, especially the ones that continually scan for harmful activity, tend to "distract" the hard disk and wreck great performances, so turn them off before starting SONAR. Look at your System Tray at the right end of your Windows Task Bar—if you've got more than a couple of icons there, you're wasting valuable system resources that SONAR needs. Disable as many of them as you can.

Using File-based Effects

When you use Process, Apply Audio Effects (remember "Applying Audio Effects" from Chapter 18?) to "print" your effects to the audio clips, you eliminate the need to run processors on those tracks. Similarly, any processing you apply from the Audio Effects context menu are part of the audio clips themselves and require no CPU resources during playback.


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