Music production on limited systems. It can be a hard challenge these days. Many of us work with high demanding RAM eating orchestral libraries. In this video I’ll give you 4 tips to save up the necessary RAM so you can keep working on your limited systems!
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Music production with low RAM usage
We travel a lot, living a nomad style. So we grab a laptop with less memory then we have on our home based power systems. Maybe only 8GB or 16GB of RAM to use, or even less like 4GB. How to maintain a smooth workflow with this amount of RAM when writing and sketching new music?
In this video I show you how your can apply 4 simple ‘tricks’ to get a massive dropdown of memory usage. We go from 267MB to only 6MB!
Tip 1: choose your patches wisely
Lots of libraries have general patches. Meaning, these patches contain all the different articulations played by that specific instrument. Think about legato, sustains, marcato, staccato etc.. But most of the time you will only need one specific articulation. Then it is wise to load only that specific patch. That will save you a lot of RAM usage!
Tip 2: reset markers and update sample pool in Kontakt
When you have for example an instrument that plays repetitive notes, you can reset the markers in Kontakt and update the sample pool. Kontakt now only loads in the samples needed for those repetitive notes. This will result in a massive dropdown of RAM usage!
Tip 3: purge all samples in Kontakt
This is quite similar like tip 2. But, purging all samples will result in 0 RAM usage in the beginning. Now when you start your session in your DAW (playback your composition), Kontakt will load in the samples needed. This too will result in a likewise dropdown of memory usage on your system.
Tip 4: deactivate articulations that you don’t need in general patches
Sometimes you just want to use a general patch like an ensemble patch. That’s ok! Most professional libraries give you the possibility to deactivate the articulations from this patch that you don’t want to use. Untick them and you will see a drop of RAM usage.