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Optimize Windows 7 for Brainspawn Forte

Here are some optimization tips for Windows 7 64 running Brainspawn Forte 3 VSTi – Host.
My System: HP 2570p, 16GB RAM, 256GB SDD

I will strongly recommend that you buy a SSD to run your operating system on Forte. This will boost your performance 10x over normal IDE and SATA disks. Having a fast processor is a very important factor as well. The faster the processor (i use an i7), the more VST plug-ins you can run without artifacts, and you can even lower your latency because your processor will have enough room to run everything. We will get into latency later in this article. The sound card that you choose is of course also a vital piece in your workstation. Whether you choose to get a PCI card or USB card doesn’t really matter that much, but there is some issues with USB sound cards that can cause clicks so I would advise that you download the following Hotfix from Microsoft that should solve this issue.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/981214

Drivers
Having the most current drivers for your hardware is a must. Developers finds bugs and ways to optimize their drivers constantly, and that goes for almost all hardware. So remember to check frequently for new drivers for your mainboard, graphic card, Sound Card, Midi Interface etc.

Firmware
Check frequently if there is new firmware available for your Sound Card, Midi interface and SSD. As drivers, developers frequently updates Firmware for their devices making them faster and more stable.

Bios
Remember to check your mainboard manufacturers website for bios updates frequently. The go through many revisions before they are 100% stable and fast.

Sound Drivers
It is crucial that you use ASIO drivers for your sound card. ASIO = Audio Stream Input/Output. This sound driver protocol that was specified by Steinberg provides much lower latency that Direct Sound Drivers does. Make sure you download the real drivers for your sound card manufacture from their website and not just use the one that comes with windows. If your soundcard does not come with a ASIO driver (which it should if it is a good soundcard for making music), then you can download a emulated ASIO driver from ASIO4ALL

http://www.ASIO4ALL.com

But again I most advice you to get a sound card that has ASIO drivers.

Optimize 1:
Now the first tweak and probably the most easy one to do is to change the performance setting in Windows 7. You can switch the setting to Background Services before you open Forte. This will make Windows 7 prioritize the Audio driver more than programs. And you can always switch it back to Programs when you want a round of Battlefield.

Click “Start Button”
Right Click “Computer”
Click “Advanced Tools”
Click “Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows”
Click the Advanced Tab
Switch to „Background services“

Optimize 2:
Switch visual Effects to „Adjust for best performance“.

Optimize 3:
Click “Power Options”
Click “Show additional plans”
Select “High performance”
Click “Change Plan Settings”
Click “Change advanced power settings“
Set “Turn off hard disk after” to NEVER
Set “USB settings – USB selective suspend setting to DISABLED
Set “PCI Express – Link State Power Management” to OFF
Click OK

Optimize 4:
We need to disable power management for the USB Ports so do the following.

Click “Start button”
Right Click “Computer”
Click “Properties”
Click “Device Manager”
Expand “Universal Serial Bus Controllers”
Right Click Each “USB Root Hub”
Click “Properties”
Click “Power Management” Tab
DeClick “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power”

Optimize 5:
After this set your theme in Windows 7 but right clicking the Windows Desktop, click Personalize, scroll down and click “Windows Classic” this will give you all the classic windows and not use power on fancy menu bars etc, leaving more power for Forte.

Devices
Lets take a look at what you can disable in windows devices.

Click “Start Button”
Right Click “Computer”
Click “Device Manager”

I can’t really give you a list of what you can disable because it is different from computer to computer and what you have installed. You need to research what devices you can live with out. Google them, and see what they do and they see if you can disable some of them. This will also give you more power.

What I can suggest is that you go to the Disk Drives, and expand it, right click your hard disk and click Properties. Click the Policies tab and make sure that “Enable write caching on the device” is checked. Make sure that “Turn of Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device” is NOT checked. You can gain some performance by having it checked, but in the event of a power failure you can have serious data loss.

Disable Indexing
If you have a SSD in your computer which we are assuming in this article, then we should go ahead and disable indexing.

Click “Start button”
Click “Computer”
Right Click “C Drive”
Click “Properties”
De check “Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties”

Disable Defragmentation
You really have no need to defragment your SSD because it is not a mechanical drive. Do the following

Click “Start button”
Right Click “Computer”
Click “Manage”
Expand “Services and Applications”
Click “Services”
Right Click “Disk Defragmentation”
Click “Properties”
Select Startup Type “Disabled”

If the service is started then click STOP.

Disable the Disk Defragmentation Schedule

Click “Start button”
Click “All Programs”
Click “Accessories”
Click “System Tools”
Click “Disk Defragmenter”
Click “Configure Schedule”
De Click “Run on a schedule”

Superfetch & Prefetch
Lot of guides tell you to turn this off. I would advise not to do so. In my opinion it is worth more on than off, and actually if you disable it, it will make your computer experience slower.

Disable Windows 7 System Sounds
We should disable system sounds so Windows don’t use resources on them.

Click “Start button”
In the “Search programs and files”text box enter the following “Change system sounds” hit enter
In the “Sound Scheme” drop box, select “No sounds” and click “ok”

Disable Windows Firewall
Last disable the windows firewall, it should be disabled because we have disabled the network, but lets make sure.

Click “Start button”
In the “Search programs and files”text box enter the following “windows firewall” hit enter

In here you should disable the Domain profile firewall, the private profile, and the public profile.

Disable Remote Desktop
Lets disable remote desktop also so it is not running in the background.

Click “Start button”
In the “Search programs and files”text box enter the following “remote settings” hit enter
De check “Allow Remote Assistance connections to this computer”
Click “ok”

If you want to read more about what services you can disable check out this link.

http://www.blackviper.com/2010/12/17/black-vipers-windows-7-service-pack-1-service-configurations/

Category: Brainspawn Forte, Microsoft Windows

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