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Chapter 12.  Mixer and Channel Settings - Pg. 267

Optimizing Projects After Processing When you process several files using offline processes, a number of additional files are created on your hard disk in the Edit folder. These files are necessary to preserve the original audio clip intact while providing the option to change an applied process. For example, as described earlier in this chapter, you can change the settings of a process, or with Cubase SX, you can also change the parameters or replace a process with another process. For each offline process line created in the Offline Process History dialog box of a selected object, there exists an equal number of processed files representing the portion of this object that has been processed on your hard disk. This makes it very convenient, but you should also realize that asking Cubase to move back and forth from one file to another and managing several tracks with multiple edited portions costs you in overall performance. If you start noticing that your performance meter for the CPU or the hard disk starts to creep up, causing Cubase to feel slow or unresponsive, you should consider performing the following steps to help get things back to a more fluid working environment: Use the Save Project to New Folder option in the File menu. When Cubase prompts you to enter a name for the new project's version, make sure to check all the options in the Save to Folder Options dialog box (see Figure 10.20). The Minimize Audio Files option will copy only the used portions of audio files used from the Pool in the Project to the new folder. For example, if you've only used 30 seconds of a 2-minute recording, only this 30 seconds will be copied over. The Freeze Edits renders a new version of the audio events with all the edits currently found in the Offline Process History dialog box for each event that has been processed up until now, while the Remove Unused Files option will not save events that are not used in the Project, even if they are found in the Pool. Figure 10.20 The Save to Folder Options dialog box. CHAPTER 10 If you don't want to save your entire project to a new folder, you can select audio events that contain the most editing done through offline processes and choose the Freeze Edits from the Audio menu. Cubase asks you if you want to create a new file or replace the existing one. Choose the appropriate option. Either way, this improves the performance because Cubase doesn't have to skip from one file to another. Make sure that your disk is defragmented regularly to avoid slowing down your computer because of inefficient disk reading caused by fragmented files.