First Aid Instructions if Glitchy Playback in the Studio
Since the Studio isn't running inside a Flash plugin anymore, we are facing many more dependencies that can potentially lower the experience in terms of performance. To rule out common issues, here is a list of things to check before getting too frustrated:
First Things First
- Install the latest stable version of Chrome. You can check your current version by typing chrome://settings/help into the address bar.
- Close any browser tabs you don't need.
- Run the Studio in incognito mode to prevent extensions from creating possible interferences.
- Quit background software like Skype, WhatsApp, Dropbox, Slack, etc.
- Check for CPU intensive, unnecessary processes in your Task Manager (Windows) or Activity Monitor (Mac).
- Free up space on your hard disk if your machine is running out of it.
- Reduce your browser's window if you have a very high screen resolution.
- Try the Support >> Help >> Audiotool Booster
- Support >> Help >> WebGL pitfalls and how to fix them
The Way You Build Your Track
Arrangements can often contain inefficient effect chains where a bunch of devices could just be removed or merged without altering the final sound. Ideally you should not bother, but every device on the desktop takes valuable CPU time. Here are some tips:
- Combinations of Stereo-Detune and Stereo-Enhancer can often be merged into one.
- Compressors can make you believe that the sound is more powerful. Try bypassing them to see if they are really necessary. Sometimes just increasing the volume achieves the same effect.
- The Heisenberg can be very CPU intensive. Try to minimise their amount in your arrangement or, if you don't need any Heisenberg specific feature, use the less CPU intensive Pulverisateur to create your sound.
- Quantum as a multi-band compressor is mainly used for mastering and to alter the dynamic of specific frequency bands in complex sounds. If you do not need these features, replace it with Gravity, which needs way less CPU.
- When using Curve, switch off the filters you don't need.
- Switch off the spectrum analyser in Quantum and Curve once you've adjusted their settings.
- If a particular effect or chain of effects is used by several sounds, connect it to a mixer as a send/return effects chain instead of duplicating and inserting it after each sound.
- Make your arrangement compact. Long cables need more pixels to be drawn.
- When working on parts of a big arrangement, deactivate any timeline tracks that you don't need to hear.
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