Archive for September, 2010

Downsize your DAW

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , on September 25, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

Is there such a thing as having too many VST/VSTi’s in your plugins folder?

This topic never gets old for me, especially since I’m guilty of buying, installing and actually using way too many plug ins. It’s hard to know when too much is enough, and (once again) I’m at that point where I need to downsize. Not because of hard drive space (and keeping the dll’s on your hd won’t hurt performance if they aren’t all being used in a project), but strictly from a workflow/decision making standpoint.

It’s important to start by removing your least favorite plugs. How many eq’s do you really need? Same thing with compressors, drums vsts, pianos, etc.. Take the time to take stock of the things you use the most and remove the rest. Once you’ve narrowed it down, and have removed the plugs, be sure to run a registry cleaner to delete the unused strings. Follow it up with a defrag program (I use defraggler) and you’re good to go.

The most important thing to remember is this:

Having too many choices can be distracting, and by working with less, and having a more economical approach, your music will sound more cohesive because you’re using the same plugins. Additionally, your song creation will be quicker and in the end you will gain a deeper understanding of how each plugin affects the music.