Optimizing performance

The performance of the plugins depends on the speed of your hard drive, your CPU, the drivers of your audio interface and the performance of other plugins you’re using in the project.

If you’re getting pops and clicks when playing the instrument or the sounds are cutting out, here are a few things to try:

By ‘pops & clicks’ I mean unexpected interruptions in audio. For example: you play a sustained chord on the strings and the sound cuts off or pops in an audible way. Please note:  some of the Afterglow patches were created by abusing analogue tape in various ways so some tape dust pops are a part of the process.

Make sure you’re using the latest version of the plugin before proceeding.

Note for Logic users:
There’s a known bug in Logic (not related to Felt Instruments, by the way), which might cause random dropouts in streamed or bounced audio. For some reason, disabling and enabling Core Audio in the preferences seems to help.

 Set the sample streaming mode to match your drive:
1. Click on the FELT INSTRUMENTS text located on the top right corner of the plugin’s interface.
2. Select the type of drive that the samples are stored on.

These settings will be saved so every new instance of the plugin will load with the optimizations already in place.

Move the samples to a faster hard drive:
If you have a few hard drives in your system, it’s best to keep the samples on the fastest available.

Check your buffer settings:
Open your DAW’s preferences and select a buffer that would be less taxing on your CPU and audio drivers. 128 is a nice place to start but you might want to experiment with this setting to see how it affects the performance on your system.

Run the session at 48kHz:
All Felt Instruments’ plugins use a 48kHz sample pool. If you’re running your session at a different sample rate, the plugin will convert the sample rate in real time. If none of the above solutions helped to solve your issue, you could get a better performance by setting the sample rate to 48kHz in your DAW.

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Freeze unused tracks and effects:
Some plugins, especially those that are sample-based may put a lot of strain on your hard drive. Freezing some of these tracks may improve the performance of your session. Please, consult your DAW’s manual on how to freeze tracks.