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In The Studio: Tips For A More Stable Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

Keeping it clean, up to date, well maintained and more

By Jon Tidey October 10, 2013

This article is provided by Audio Geek Zine.

Building and maintaining a stable DAW system is not an easy task.

There are many things that can prevent it from working as it should, and it can be difficult to figure out the cause of any trouble.

Before you do any of these tips, make sure that the computer you have will actually work with the software you want to use.

For example if you want to use Pro Tools, there are specific approved components and doesn’t work with every operating system.

Check the compatibility section of their website first and save yourself a lot of frustration.

Step 1 – Make sure your software and drivers are up to date
For Windows I found a great program called RadarSync free edition to tell me what needs to be updated and where to download the latest version of the software and drivers.

A PC might have parts from a dozen manufacturers and tracking down new drivers can be a pain, RadarSync makes it much easier.

For updates to Windows, you can use their website, or use a program called AutoPatcher that gives you more options. It’s great if you have a few computers to update.

On the Mac side of things it’s somewhat simpler, system components don’t vary so much and the operating system updates will keep things right.

Use the Combo Updates from the Apple website rather than automatic updates.

Step 2 – Antivirus
You do not need anti-virus and anti-spyware software on a Mac a PC. Honestly, for the past year I’ve had no anti-virus or anti-spyware programs installed and I’ve had the windows firewall turned off.

I’ve also had the computer turned on and connected to the internet the whole time. I run a scan about every 4 months just to see and there’s nothing wrong.

There are 3 reasons why I don’t need it. 1 – I use Firefox which has always been a safer browser. 2 – I have a router with firewall, and 3 – Common sense.

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About Jon

Jon Tidey
Jon Tidey

Producer/Engineer, EPIC Sounds
Jon Tidey is a Producer / Engineer who runs his own studio, EPIC Sounds, and enjoys writing about audio on his blog


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