Windows 7 の最適化

ご利用になる前にご自身のパソコンとその OS、 Windows バージョンの対応しているかの確認して下さい。また、Windows はそれ自身で接続した機器との通信などを最適化する機能を有しておりません。ですので、ご自身で最適化のセットアップを行って頂く必要がございます。

Windowsの[スタート]ボタンをクリックし、[コントロールパネル]を選択します。 コントロールパネルの右上隅にある「表示方法」の種類を「小さなアイコン」に切り替えます。これにより、たくさんのメニューをクリックすることなく、さらに多くのオプションが提供されます。

ユーザーアカウント制御 (UAC) を無効にする

これにより、インストールおよび登録の問題を緩和し、防止します。 UAC を無効にするには、[開始] ボタンをクリックします。 検索ボックスに UAC と入力し、Enterキーを押します。 UAC ウィンドウで、スライダーを「通知しない」にスライドさせて、「OK」を押します。

パソコンを再起動してください。

USB 電源管理を無効にする

これにより、USB デバイスの電源に関する問題を防ぐことができます。

  • コントロールパネルを開き、[デバイスマネージャ]をクリックします。
  • [ユニバーサルシリアルバスコントローラ]メニューを開きます。
  • メニューの[USB Root Hub]を右クリックし、[プロパティ]を選択します。
  • [電源管理]タブに移動し、[コンピュータの電源を切ることを許可する]チェックボックスをオフにします。
  • デバイスマネージャに表示される USB ルートハブごとにこの作業を繰り返します。

ハードドライブの書き込みキャッシュと高度なパフォーマンスを有効にする

これにより、ハードドライブのパフォーマンスが低下するのを防ぎます。 デバイスマネージャで、ディスクドライブメニューを開きます。

  • すべてのハードドライブについて、ドライブ名を右クリックし、[プロパティ]を選択します。
  • [ポリシー]タブに移動し、[書き込みキャッシュを有効にする]と[Windows書き込みキャッシュバッファを無効にする]のチェックボックスをオンにします。

※注意:外付けハードドライブの場合は、「最適化を迅速に行う」から「パフォーマンスを最適化する」にオプションを変更してください

起動項目を無効にする

These settings will make you PC boot blazing fast and give you the much needed overhead power to run more plug-ins.

  • Click the Windows Start button and in the search box, type msconfig, then press ENTER
  • Go to the Startup Tab and choose ‘disable all’ in the bottom right corner
    *NOTE: After doing this Pro Tools users with Avid or Digidesign interfaces must check the box for “Digidesign MME Binder”
  • Next, navigate to the Services tab. Check the box at the bottom to “hide all Microsoft Services”
  • Choose “Disable All” on the bottom right corner.
    **NOTE: Pro Tools users must check the boxes for “Digidesign MME Refresh Service” (Avid/Digidesign interfaces only), “digiSPTIService” and “PACE License Services”
  • Click OK and reboot the computer.

Change Processor Scheduling

Changing the processor scheduling settings dramatically improve the way your computer handles audio tasks. From our experience, we have seen a big performance increase on many other non-audio related programs as well. Its a good thing!

  • Click on the Windows Start button, then right click ‘Computer’ and choose Properties
  • Click on ‘Advanced System Settings’
  • Click the Settings button under the Performance section
  • Set Processor Scheduling to ‘Background Services’
  • Click the OK button.

You will have to reboot for changes to take effect.

Adjust Power Options

  • Click on the Windows Start button and choose Control Panel
  • In Control Panel choose Power Options
  • In Power Options, choose High Performance
  • To the right, click Change Plan Settings
  • Choose “Change Advanced Power Settings”
  • At the top of the Advanced Settings window, change to “High Performance” in the menu
  • Open USB settings> USB Selective Suspend, and change this to “Disabled”
  • Open Processor Power Management > Minimum Processor State> 100%
  • Click OK, then Save Changes.

Disable Sound Exclusive Mode

  • Click on the Windows Start button and choose Control Panel
  • Choose Sound
  • Within the Sound settings, select your device and click Properties
  • Within the Properties window, navigate to the Advanced tab. Then, make sure you uncheck the two boxes under Exclusive Mode
  • Do this for all devices under the Playback and Recording tabs in Sound Settings.

Speedstep or Processor Throttling

This optimization is probably one of the most important out of all of these. Unfortunately due to the vast array of differences in computer manufacturing, we don’t have a specific step by step tutorial on how to do this. This setting can be disabled from your computers BIOS. If you are familiar with your computers BIOS, look for “Intel Speedstep”, EIST, or “AMD Cool n’ Quiet”, and disable it. This is basically a setting that ramps down your CPU clock cycles to a slower speed, to save electricity. In many cases it interferes heavily with most recording processes on a computer and can severely degrade your performance.

Disabling this setting will also make all of your other programs perform a lot faster as well. If you aren’t sure how to disable this option, get with your computer manufacturer for instructions on how to do this.

Virus Protection and Internet Security

For the most part, this will not play nice with your recording programs but let’s be realistic about this. The average Joe uses their music computer for all of their business as well. It’s not the best way to handle it, but not everyone has the space (or cash) to run two separate computers. If you don’t have a separate machine for Internet, use the least intrusive antivirus app that you can.

We recommend AVG or Microsoft Security Center. There is little CPU usage with these, still they seem to be pretty effective. If you need more security, you should think about using Internet on a different computer, or just change your browsing habits. A light antivirus app and a good browser like Firefox with the Adblock Plus extension can do miracles.

Windows 7 is much more efficient with its graphics on modern graphics cards. There are exceptions to this, but for the most part you should be fine.

If you are an enthusiast and would like to further optimize your PC we recommend Black Viper optimizations in addition to this guide. You can find it HERE.

Windows 8 optimization

The following optimizations for Windows 8 are suggested by Avid for a better Pro Tools experience on your PC. These settings also apply to any other DAW. Note that many of the settings below require that you access the Windows Control Panel.

If you do not know how to do that, follow these steps:

  • From the Start screen, move your mouse to the top-right corner of the screen and hold it there You will see charms appear along the right edge of the screen
  • Click on the magnifying glass to open the Search, then type in Control Panel
  • You should see Control Panel show up in the results, press Enter to open it
  • Click the box next to View By and select Large Icons, this will give you a good view for working within the Control Panel

Update Graphics Driver

Outdated graphics drivers often times will not use the GPU efficiently. This can put strain on your system’s processor, which in turn steals resources from your DAW. As as result, you may notice a decrease in performance from your DAW. A simple solution to this is to make sure you keep your graphics drivers updated.

To find the make and model of your graphics controller and update it, follow these steps:

  • Open the Control Panel
  • Click on Device Manager
  • Click the triangle next to Display Adapters
  • Your graphics cared model will appear directly below
  • Double-click to view its properties
  • In the General tab you can find the model and the manufacturer. In the Driver tab you can find the driver version and the date
  • Go to your manufacturer’s website to find the latest driver for your graphics controller

Update Network Adapter Driver

If your network adapter drivers are out of date, the ethernet controllers could end up using more resources than they needs, which would ultimately affect the performance of your DAW.

To update your network adapter driver, follow these steps:

  • Access the Device Manager from the Control Panel
  • Select the Network Adapters category
  • Find the manufacturer and your network adapter model. Often times, there will be more than one network adapter in Device Manager. Try updating them all to ensure proper performance
  • Go to your manufacturer’s website to find the latest drivers for your network adapter

Disable C-State Transition and Turbo Boost (BIOS)

Note that not all computers have these settings. If yours does, it is recommended that you disable them if possible. These two settings can cause the processor to change speeds depending on the computer’s activity. This can cause errors in your DAW.

You should consult the manufacturer of your computer or your motherboard to see if these settings are available and learn how to disable them.

Adjust Power Options

It is recommended to adjust the power options so that your computer does not enter sleep mode, put the hard disks to sleep, or suspend USB devices. These features can cause playback and record issues as well as issues with your audio interfaces.

Follow these steps to optimize your power options:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Click on Power Options
  • Select High Performance
  • Click on Change plan setting
  • Set the display’s sleep time as well as the computer’s sleep time to Never
  • Click on Change advanced power settings
  • Click the + next to Hard Disk, then click the + next to Turn Off Hard Disk After
  • In the text field, type Never
  • Click on the + next to USB settings, the click the + next to USB selective suspend settings
  • Double-click where it says Enabled, then click Disabled
  • Click on the + next to Processor power management, then click the + next to Minimum processor state
  • Type 100 in the text field (%)
  • Click Apply, then OK
  • Click Save Changes

Disable USB Power Management

By disabling the USB power management, you can free up bandwidth on the USB bus which will help with issues related to device recognition and driver installation. To turn it off, follow the steps below:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Click on Device Manager
  • Double-click on Universal Serial Bus Controllers
  • Double-click on the first USB Root Hub item
  • Click on the Power Management Tab
  • Uncheck the box that says “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” and click OK
  • Do this for all USB Root Hub items

Run as Administrator

Running your DAW as an Administrator will help solve many launch and MIDI related issues. To learn how, follow the steps below:

  • From the Windows 8 Start screen, click on the Desktop tile
  • Right-click on the icon for your DAW
  • Choose Properties
  • Click on the Compatibility tab
  • Check the box that says “Run this program as an administrator”
  • Click Apply, then OK

Hard Disk Optimizations

These optimizations will improve disk performance when recording and playing back audio files.

  • Hold your mouse over the top-right corner of the Start screen to show the Charms
  • Click on the magnifying glass, type in Computer, then hit Enter
  • Right click on the drive on which you will store your audio and choose Properties
  • Make sure “Compress this drive to save disk space” is unchecked
  • Click Apply, then OK
  • Repeat this for any drive where you’ll be storing audio

Install the Latest Device Drivers

Make sure you keep the drivers for your audio interface up to date. This will ensure compatibility with your DAW. You can find driver updates at the manufacturer’s website.

Adjust Processor Scheduling

Adjusting the processor scheduling will allow your computer to run your DAW more efficiently. To learn how, follow the steps below:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Click on System
  • Select Advanced System Settings
  • Click the Advanced Tab
  • Under Performance, click the Settings button
  • When the Performance Options window pops up, click the Advanced tab
  • Under Processor Scheduling, select Background Services
  • Click Apply, then OK
  • Click OK to close System Properties
  • Restart your computer for the changes to take effect

Disabling Screen Saver

Your screen saver may cause issues if it starts while your DAW is running. To turn it off, follow these steps:

  • From the Start Screen, select the Desktop tile
  • Right-click on your Desktop and select Personalize
  • Click on Screen Saver
  • Select None, then click OK

Disable User Account Control

User Account Control can cause issues with volume read/write permissions. To turn it off, follow these steps:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Click User Accounts
  • Click Change User Account Control Settings
  • Set to Never Notify
  • Click OK
  • Restart your computer

Miscellaneous Optimizations

The following is a list of recommendations to get better performance out of your system. Avoid connecting audio interfaces to USB or FireWire hubs. You will experience an overall better experience when you plug directly into your computer.

  • Make sure all unnecessary programs are closed. They can tie up useful resources.
  • Turn off any software utilities that run in the background, such as Windows Messenger, calendars, and disk maintenance programs.
  • Disconnect any unused USB devices from your computer.

Windows 10 optimization

Windows 10 の最適化項目は、Avid がお客様のパソコンでより良い Pro Tools 環境を提供するために推奨されています。

これらの設定は、Pro Tools以外のDAWを使用している場合にも役立ちます。

Windowsのコントロールパネルにアクセスする必要があることに注意してください。 それを行う方法がわからない場合は、以下の手順を試してください:

  • コンピュータの画面の左下にあるWindowsロゴを右クリックし、コントロールパネルを選択します。
  • [表示]の横にあるボックスをクリックし、[大きなアイコン]を選択すると、コントロールパネル内で作業するのに適しています。

Update Graphics Driver

Outdated graphics drivers often times will not use the GPU efficiently. This can put strain on your system’s processor, which in turn steals resources from your DAW. As as result, you may notice a decrease in performance from your DAW. A simple solution to this is to make sure you keep your graphics drivers updated.

To find the make and model of your graphics controller and update it, follow these steps:

  • Open the Control Panel
  • Click on Device Manager
  • Click the triangle next to Display Adapters
  • Your graphics cared model will appear directly below
  • Right click and choose Update Driver Software

If no driver is found, try updating the driver manually using the steps below.

  • Double-click to view its properties
  • In the General tab you can find the model and the manufacturer; in the Driver tab you can find the driver version and the date
  • Go to your manufacturer’s website to find the latest driver for your graphics controller

Update Network Adapter Driver

If your network adapter drivers are out of date, the ethernet controllers could end up using more resources than they needs, which would ultimately affect the performance of your DAW.
To update your network adapter driver, follow these steps:

  • Access the Device Manager from the Control Panel
  • Select the Network Adapters category
  • Find the manufacturer and your network adapter model. Often times, there will be more than one network adapter in Device Manager; try updating them all to ensure proper performance
  • Go to your manufacturer’s website to find the latest drivers for your network adapter

Disable C-State Transition and Turbo Boost (BIOS)

Note that not all computers have these settings. If yours does, it is recommended that you disable them if possible. These two settings can cause the processor to change speeds depending on the computer’s activity. This can cause errors in your DAW.

You should consult the manufacturer of your computer or your motherboard to see if these settings are available and learn how to disable them.

Adjust Power Options

It is recommended to adjust the power options so that your computer does not enter sleep mode, put the hard disks to sleep, or suspend USB devices. These features can cause playback and record issues as well as issues with your audio interfaces.

Follow these steps to optimize your power options:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Click on Power Options
  • Select High Performance
  • Click on Change plan setting
  • Set the display’s sleep time as well as the computer’s sleep time to Never
  • Click on Change advanced power settings
  • Click the + next to Hard Disk, then click the + next to Turn Off Hard Disk After
  • In the text field, type Never
  • Click on the + next to USB settings, the click the + next to USB selective suspend settings
  • Double-click where it says Enabled, then click Disabled.
  • Click on the + next to Processor power management, then click the + next to Minimum processor state
  • Type 100 in the text field (%)
  • Click Apply, then OK
  • Click Save Changes

Disable USB Power Management

By disabling the USB power management, you can free up bandwidth on the USB bus which will help with issues related to device recognition and driver installation. To turn it off, follow the steps below:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Click on Device Manager
  • Double-click on Universal Serial Bus Controllers
  • Double-click on the first USB Root Hub item
  • Click on the Power Management Tab
  • Uncheck the box that says “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” and click OK
  • Do this for all USB Root Hub items

Run as Administrator

Running your DAW as an Administrator will help solve many launch and MIDI related issues. To learn how, follow the steps below:

  • Right-click on the icon for your DAW
  • Choose Properties
  • Click on the Compatibility tab
  • Check the box that says “Run this program as an administrator”
  • Click Apply, then OK

Hard Disk Optimizations

These optimizations will improve disk performance when recording and playing back audio files.

  • Right click on the Windows logo and choose File Explorer
  • Click This PC in the left Column
  • Right click on the drive on which you will store your audio and choose Properties
  • Make sure “Compress this drive to save disk space” and “Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed” are unchecked
  • Click Apply, then OK
  • Repeat this process for any drive where you’ll be storing audio

Install the Latest Device Drivers

Make sure you keep the drivers for your audio interface up to date. This will ensure compatibility with your DAW. You can find driver updates at the manufacturer’s website.

Adjust Processor Scheduling

Adjusting the processor scheduling will allow your computer to run your DAW more efficiently. The steps below will walk you through the process.

  • Right click the Windows Logo and choose System
  • Select Advanced System Settings
  • Click the Advanced Tab
  • Under Performance, click the Settings button
  • When the Performance Options window pops up, click the Advanced tab
  • Under Processor Scheduling, select Background Services
  • Click Apply, then OK
  • Click OK to close System Properties
  • Restart your computer for the changes to take effect

Disabling Screen Saver

Your screen saver may cause issues if it starts while your DAW is running. To turn it off, follow these steps:

  • Right-click on your Desktop and select Personalize
  • Click on Screen Saver
  • Select None, then click OK

Disable User Account Control

User Account Control can cause issues with volume read/write permissions. To turn it off, follow these steps:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Click User Accounts
  • Click Change User Account Control Settings
  • Set to Never Notify
  • Click OK
  • Restart your computer

Miscellaneous Optimizations

The following is a list of recommendations to get better performance out of your system. Avoid connecting audio interfaces to USB or FireWire hubs. You will experience an overall better experience when you plug directly into your computer.

  • Make sure all unnecessary programs are closed. They can tie up useful resources.
  • Turn off any software utilities that run in the background, such as Windows Messenger, calendars, and disk maintenance programs.
  • Disconnect any unused USB devices from your computer.

MacOS の最適化

Mac は古い MacOS バージョンや古いハードウェアバージョンではサポートされません。Thunderbolt 接続の場合、初期の Mac 搭載製品の場合、Mac 側の不具合でデバイスを認識しない、などの不具合を発見しております。これは解消出来るものではないので、できるだけ最新のハードウェアバージョンの Mac 製品をご利用下さい。2012年以前の Mac には Thunderbolt の致命的な不具合があります。Thunderbolt 接続はご使用できないのでご注意下さい。

Wi-Fi の停止

  • システム設定を開く。
  • [ネットワーク] をクリック。
  • 左サイドバーの Wi-Fi をクリック。
  • [Wi-Fi をオフにする] ボタンをクリックします。

Disable FireWire Networking (FireWire Devices only)

This optimization can help free up bandwidth in the FireWire bus and allow devices to work more efficiently.

  • Open System Preferences
  • Click ‘Network’
  • On the left hand sidebar, click on FireWire/Built-In FireWire/Thunderbolt FireWire (may not be present depending on computer model)
  • Click on the drop-down menu for ‘Configure IPv4? and choose Off
  • Click Apply and restart your computer

FileVault 保護を無効にする

This optimization will allow your hard drive to work more efficiently.

  • Open System Preferences
  • Click ‘Security & Privacy’
  • Click on the ‘FileVault’ tab
  • In this window find where it states: ‘FileVault protection is (on/off) for the hard disk…’
  • If FileVault is on click the ‘Turn Off FileVault’ button

App Nap を無効にする

App Nap は一部のソフトウェアに悪影響を及ぼし、一部のデバイスで応答の問題を引き起こす可能性があります。

Enable Spotlight Indexing

Some applications on Spotlight indexing for Workspace database search operations. It is therefore suggested that Spotlight be allowed access to all mounted drives. This will be the default on El Capitan, but to be sure nothing is hidden from Spotlight please follow these steps:

  • Open System Preferences
  • Click ‘Spotlight’
  • Click on the Privacy tab
  • Be sure no drives appear in this list. It should be empty
  • If any drives do appear, highlight each one and click the minus (-) button below the list to remove them
  • When Spotlight is enabled, long record passes (over 50 minutes) may stop recording after 50+ minutes

Consider disabling Spotlight for long recording sessions and then re-enable it when you are done recording.

Disable Automatic Graphics Switching (For laptops only, not available on all models)

This will prevent the operating system from switching between graphics processors to save energy, which can cause errors during playback or recording.

  • Open System Preferences
  • Go to Energy Saver
  • Uncheck automatic graphics switching

スリープモードを無効にする

スリープモードは、節電の理由で一部のシステムプロセスを中断する可能性があります。