Reduce CPU Overload Ableton Live

5 Tips To Reduce CPU Overload in Ableton Live 10

5 Tips To Reduce CPU Overload in Ableton Live 10

The worst thing that can happen is while you are in a creative spot and have great workflow going on Ableton Live 10 decides to crash on you the main reason for that is probably CPU overload. I’m going to list 5 tips to help you reduce CPU overload in Ableton Live 10!

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1- Investing in an SSD / M.2

Invest in an SSD as this will increase your overall performance on your desktop or laptop. The performance increase is affected during boot time, read and write timing as well as starting programs.

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2- Adjusting Buffer Size

Depending on what you are doing. You can adjust the buffer size accordingly. If you are producing music/recording onto Ableton it would be in your best interest to put the buffer size at around 256 / 512, respectively. The lower the buffer size the lower the input latency into the program itself. If you are just mixing you can increase the buffer size so that you don’t hear any audio stutters.

3- Freezing then Flattening

To keep your CPU load at optimal levels you can right-click a track and then click “Freeze Track” what this will do is disable any plugins you have enabled on this track. Once it’s done Freezing the track you can then Flatten the midi clip which will convert it into an audio file which also contributes to minimizing CPU load.

4- Disable plugins that aren’t being used

Another CPU load healthy tip to keep them down. Know which plugins are being used! Disable the ones that aren’t currently being used or delete them! You can also disable the analytics view of the EQ Eight plugin which reduces your CPU load heavily if you are using multiples of them.

5- Save your tracks on the same storage device

This can help decrease CPU load as well because the reading and writing of the program are happening in the same location. Saving your tracks on another storage device can load samples slow which could crash Ableton as it has happened to me a few times. Not to mention storing your plugins on a slower storage device can effectively slow down Ableton when launching the plugin.