The key to a successful performance is not all about your technical skills. To deliver a flawless set you need to be equipped with a robust and reliable workstation as well. There is no guarantee that technology will not fail, but there are some recommendations to reduce the risks. Here, we run through 9 effective tricks to optimize PC or Mac for DJing.
1. Upgrade the RAM
Upgrade your RAM and you can instantly take advantage of the increased performance capabilities of your system. Make sure there is an extra slot and that you know the model of RAM, otherwise it won’t be recognized. If you are not familiar or have some doubts, it’s best to entrust this job to professionals.
2. Upgrade to SSD
Upgraded SSD will increase the writing and reading speed of your tracks. This will reduce the time it takes to copy new tracks onto your workstation, as well as analyze and playback in your digital audio workstation (DAW) or virtual DJ software.
3. Scan for Malware and Viruses
Make sure your machine is equipped with antivirus software and do regular scans. Serious infections might corrupt your workstation and you might lose all your data if you happen not to back up it regularly.
4. Disable Other Apps
Pay attention to RAM-consuming apps that might downgrade your performance. For example, it’s better not to leave Photoshop, After Effects or even the web browser on the task bar open while performing complex sets in Ableton Live.
5. Check CPU Usage
There might be services secretly running in the background without you even knowing it. Use the task manager to see the CPU usage and stop all the unnecessary services from automatically loading on a start-up.
6. Disable Pop-ups
Pop-ups can be a really annoying distraction during your live performances. A Windows update reminder pop-up sound on a chilled breakdown might be pretty awkward, for example. So make sure pop-ups are disabled or at least make sure the sound is turned off.
7. Optimize Audio Drivers
Make sure your workstation is equipped with the driver that is meant specifically for the sound card you are using. Also make sure the drivers are up to date - developers are constantly working towards fixing bugs and increase quality.
8. Adjust Screen Options
Find your perfect match and optimize the display options to your eyes. If you are sensitive to brightness or a specific color gamma, use filter software like f.flux to protect your sight from harm.
9. Configure DAW Settings
Make sure all the audio software and hardware is fully recognized. For this you will want to check the options tab to see if the audio drivers are set up and input and output ports are properly connected.