FREE e-book by Deskew - Optimize your Windows PC for the stage!

found the instance in there, thanks for the extra guidance.

BTW… this is a very well thought out and written guide that goes DEEP into Win10… some of this I knew already (I optimize my PC for my video work) but some of this is new to me… tremendously valuable.


Thanks! :slight_smile:

If you like it, please spread the word. It’s free, it’s good and it will motivate people to find out more about Gig Performer.

// Fun fact is that there were originally even more tips planned, but when we tested these with Gig Performer, we didn’t see any noticeable improvements.


After reinstalling Win10, I ended up optimizing it by following carefully this 'ultimate" guide.
I compared the results in terms of performances with those noted before and found that the cpu usage or loading times were about the same.

I specify that my windows system was already optimized for several years and that my biggest gig contains less than 20 rackspaces and the rackspaces are not very loaded in number of plugins.
Indeed, I only play compositions and I’m alone live to accompany spoken word performances. My work is based on the only guitar playing with audio plugins plus some synths via Midi Guitar from JamOrigin, the use of loops as well as audio files of “sound material” manipulated in the audio player.

On the other hand, it may be subjective, but I have the impression that there is more stability overall, especially in other applications than GP, which would mean that GP is basically very stable. :wink:

In any case, I’ve learned a lot about component settings, the use of windows services, priorities and so on.
This guide is really very complete and very accessible even for people with little computer skills.
I regularly recommend it on other forums and to my friends and family.
Thank you again @Npudar for this remarkable work which deserves to be called “ultimate”.

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Thanks for doing this!

On a fast computer - you may not see a huge difference in the momentary measurements, but what this definitely helps with is

a) Proofing against unexpected changes because of automatic updates etc…
b) Helping with situations where you’re on stage and your Windows decided to “do something” and possibly hinder your performance

Basically not only does this make things more stable, but it also provides a little bit less mutable environment which is always good when it comes to hardware that’s used on stage (at least I think so :slight_smile: )

Thanks again!


Another tip for a glitch-free audio system → change the refresh rate:
Link: Any difficultys by running multiple instances - #3 by Vindes

Another great tip from @pianopaul :slight_smile:

Link: Strange CPU usage when using FM8/Absynth5 from NI

If you experience strange CPU/Network usage, pay attention on this tip and review settings of your plugins.

Actually this issue may apply to all NI plugins, not just those two.


Another great tips for those that have problem with Firewire interfaces:
Link: Crash Experiences Concerns - #22 by Vindes

Here’s a user that installed a legacy driver and it worked more stable for him: Crash Experiences Concerns - #41 by Phil

Here’s an A/B test from @Hermon regarding the Intel technologies: Optimizing a PC and Windows - #10 by Hermon

Intel Speed StepLINK

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Here’s a great tip for Dell owners: Optimizing a PC and Windows - #11 by therealgps

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The guide is now updated to include Windows 11 :slight_smile:
The first post is updated and all corresponding files.

There are a few more tips included.

Enjoy and spread the word if you like it! :beers:


As I understand, this guide shows what to do on Windows so that the machine becomes fast.
What about a guide to show what NOT TO DO on Mac to stay fast :wink:


I think that this is not the right thread to discuss this :slight_smile:

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The first post is updated and now has 7 tips that are collected in various threads in the Gig Performer Community.


Yes, for those that are interested to see what’s happening in the macOS world here is the macOS optimization guide.

In that thread will be indexed all tips that are presented there and those that I find across our community. There are already two indexed - Simon’s workflow speed-up tip and a High Sierra optimization script that disables many system stuff on a Mac and therefore providing the glitch-free experience.

New tip: Check Bluetooth and USB 3.0 interference.

More info: LINK


New tip: Speeding up Windows library load times.


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Just to mention Quick CPU here, as well, so it doesn’t get lost.

Link: Another Laptop Spec Question - #10 by Frank1119

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An interesting tip: Disable the E-Cores in the UEFI/BIOS setup (if available).

→ some tests have shown that tasks which are not in focus and run in background, such as rendering jobs, minimized windows or real-time audio tasks, could end up on the much slower E-Cores. And can lead to audio dropouts and reduced performance.

So what are “E-Cores”? Systems with hybrid-architecture CPUs are utilizing performance cores (P-Cores) and efficiency cores (E-Cores), such as the 12th Gen Intel® Core Alder Lake or newer.

Note: if such an option is not available in UEFI, as a workaround, one can set up the CPU Affinity for an app using the Task Manager or a 3rd party app, such as Process Lasso.

There is some talk on the Internet about reducing the DPC latency by disabling HPET (high precision event timer).


In the Device Manager locate System devices, then right click on High precision event timer and select Disable to stop the HPET service.

While this tip may be good for gaming, I’m not convinced that it will improve audio. If somebody already did this, please let us know (and what are the results) :slight_smile: