Optimize your Mac or Windows system for audio/DJ-ing

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An optimized system allows for better performance, stability and lower latency. If you're doing any kind of real-time audio, video, karaoke work it's a good idea to optimize your Mac or Windows machine.

Common optimizations

This refers to both Mac and Windows systems

  • make sure your machine meets at least the minimum requirement to run FutureDecks
  • make sure the laptop is ventilated and cool enough (it should not get hot, just warm) when you use FutureDecks; otherwise when the processor is very hot it automatically reduces it's speed and operates slower
  • don't run unnecessary software (even in the background)
  • disable High-Quality Time Stretching (Master Tempo) in FutureDecks if you have a slow machine

Mac OSX optimization

A Mac is already pretty optimized by Apple for audio so there is not much you can do:

  • some MacBook Pros have two video cards. One of them is built into the processor and it's the slower one (but consumes very little battery) and the other one is of a discrete type and much faster (either ATI or NVidia). For best performance use the more powerful one. You can enable it by going to System Preferences -> Energy Saver -> Graphics -> Higher Performance
  • repair disk permissions (see [1])

Windows optimization