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  1. Tweaking Windows For A DAW

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    Even before you open up Cubase, there are a few settings you can tweak in the Windows operating system itself. Firstly, you need to navigate to the ‘Advanced’ tab of the ‘System Properties’ dialog box. To do this: Right-click the ‘My Computer’ icon on the desktop Select ‘Properties’ Select the ‘Advanced’ tab Right-click the ‘Computer’ icon on the desktop Select ‘Properties’ Select ‘Advanced System Settings’ from the left-hand pane From here you need to click the ‘Settings…’ button in the ’Performance’ section. Now if you really want to squeeze every last bit of juice from your CPU and GPU you …

  2. Installing Windows For A DAW

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    If you’re serious about your music making, you might want to invest some time thinking about your Windows installation, to really get the most out of your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). The following methodology can be applied to the installation of any music software package for the Windows platform and not just Cubase. Having performed many installations of Cubase and Nuendo over the years, I have learnt that generally the computers I install on fall into the following three categories: General use PC – Your average PC used for everything from playing games to word processing to surfing the internet. …

  3. Recording Session Basics

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    This article is primarily aimed at anyone on a really tight budget, and who is looking to record one or two (or maybe more!) tracks in a day. While an eight or ten hour day may seem like a long stretch in the studio, time does in fact pass surprisingly quick. With this in mind, it pays to be as organised as possible. Here are some basic things to consider for you recording session… I know this is an obvious one, but I’ve been in situations before where the band I’ve been working with has started tracking a song without …