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How to make FL Studio run faster and lower CPU load

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How to make FL Studio run faster and lower CPU load

If you want to know how to make FL Studio run faster this article may be interesting for you. There are a few things less frustrating when a FL Studio project you worked on for hours starts glitching, clipping or your FL Studio project crashes completely. In this article you can read about some tips and audio settings to make FL Studio run faster and lower the CPU load.

How to monitor your processor power in FL Studio

Somewhere on the top of your screen in FL Studio you see a window for memory usage and CPU load. If one of those values get to high it’s not good. You will hear clicks and other unwanted stuff happens called buffer underruns. So keep an eye on that when you having problems and want to fix it.

How to monitor processor power to make FL Studio run faster
Image 1. Keep an eye on your processor and memory usage when you make changes

FL Studio audio settings

If you just copy the settings in this picture you will be good, the resampling quality option should be 2-linear for even more savings on your CPU load. It will definitely make your FL Studio run faster.

fl studio faster audio settings
Image 2. FL Studio faster audio settings 

Go to “Options – audio settings” in FL Studio top menu.

Select “Asio4ALL” driver in the device select menu (see image 2) if that option isn’t available select “FL Studio Asio” 

Increase the buffer size to the maximum amount. This will causes a delay when you use your keyboard so you might want to lower it when you record something. See image 3.

Choose Sample rate 44100 hz.

Priority set to highest.

You can try to select mix in buffer switch and triple buffer. If it doesn’t help switch them off again.

Resampling quality select linear (I use different on the image).

Select Multithreaded generator processing, Multithreaded mixer processing and smart disable try them on.

Make FL Studio faster Asio4all increase buffer length
Image 3. Set the buffer size to the maximum amount in the ASIO panel in FL Studio

Are you using 32 bit or 64 bit vst plugins?

Make sure you use the correct vst versions. If your FL Studio is 64 bit try to only use 64 bit vst plugins. If your FL Studio version is 64 bit and you run 32 bit plugins it can causes for heavy CPU usage because your computer needs to adjust to the same version. This is called bridging. You need a background program to load your vst’s, when you use a lot of them it’s not good.

Routing to many channels in the FL Studio mixer

When you route a lot of channels in your mixer the CPU load can increase fast.  I think it’s got something to do with multiplying a lot of processes which can increase a lot, fast. If you just don’t use to many of them you will be ok.

Some last tips to improve FL Studio performance

Make sure your computer isn’t running in Energy saving mode. Check your power management in Windows to change this. Also try to reduce the amount of vst you use in your projects.

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