Windows Optimization - Optional Settings

The Windows operating system settings in this section generally improve overall system performance when DAW software is used with UAD-2 devices. These settings are unrelated to UAD-2 hardware performance when used without DAW software (for example, as a live input effects processor with Console).

Note: The overall performance of a Windows computer system varies due to its system components (such as the processor, memory, chipset, motherboard, etc). Therefore the recommendations in this section are more likely to impact the performance of slower systems more than faster systems.

For Windows 11 users, please view the video below as well:

 

Disable Computer Sleep

System sleep is compatible with UAD-2 Thunderbolt devices, however, disabling sleep when using DAW software is generally recommended. Disabling system sleep is required if using a UAD-2 FireWire device. To disable computer system sleep:

1. Go to: Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options. The Power Options window opens.

2. In the Power Options window:

a. Select the High performance option.
b. Click the Change plan settings link for the High performance option. The Edit Plan Settings window opens.

3. In the Edit Plan Settings window:

a. Select Never from the Turn off the display drop menu(s).
b. Select Never from the Put the computer to sleep drop menu(s).

4. Click the Save changes button to activate the settings.

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Correct setting shown – Sleep disabled in Edit Plan Settings

 

Optimize Windows Power Options

Follow the steps below to prevent Windows from spinning down the hard disk and throttling processor performance.

Go to: Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options. The Power Options window opens.

In the Power Options window:

1. Select the High performance option.

2. Click the Change plan settings link for the High performance option. The Edit Plan Settings window opens.

3. Click the Change advanced power settings link. The Advanced settings tab appears in a new Power Options window.

4. In the Advanced settings tab in the Power Options window:

Click "+" next to Hard disk

a. Click "+" next to Turn off hard disk after
b. Set Turn off hard disk option(s) to Never

Click "+" next to Processor power management

a. Click "+" next to Minimum processor state*
b. Set the Minimum processor state(s) to 100%

5. Click the Apply button to activate the settings.

*Note: Some systems may not display "Minimum processor state" option. In this case, disable the Intel SpeedStep option in the system BIOS instead (if available) using instructions provided by the computer manufacturer.

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Power Options – Turn off hard disk: Never

  

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Power Options – Minimum processor state: 100%


Disable Screen Saver

Screen Saver activity can interrupt signal processing. For optimum performance when recording, disable the Screen Saver when using a DAW.

Windows 10

1. Launch Settings and select Personalization, and then Lock screen.

2. In the Lock screen section, click Screen saver settings. The Screen Saver Settings window will open.

3. Select (None) from the Screen saver drop menu.

4. Click the Apply button to activate the setting.

Windows 11

1. Launch Settings and click the hamburger (the three lines in the top left of the window).

2. Go to Personalization and select Lock screen.

3. In the Lock screen section, select Screen saver. The Screen Saver Settings window will open. 

4. Select (None) from the Screen saver drop menu.

5. Click the Apply button to activate the setting.

 

General Windows Optimizations 

These optimizations may help overall computer system and DAW software performance.

Note: These items are not directly related to, nor required for, UAD-2 hardware functionality.

  • Implement all system tuning tips recommended by the DAW software manufacturer.
  • Run Windows Update to ensure the latest Windows software is installed.
  • Disable Windows Update before using DAW software so it doesn’t run in the background.
  • Close all programs that run in the background such as third-party anti-virus software, instant messaging, disk maintenance, and other background processes. Note: Reactivate anti-virus software before connecting to the Internet.
  • Disable all unnecessary system startup items.
  • When recording with a notebook computer, use the AC power adapter.
  • To reduce background processing, remove unwanted programs such as those installed with preconfigured computers (aka “bloatware”). Alternately, install a fresh installation of a stock version of Microsoft Windows to accomplish the same result.

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