[fruityloops] Re: XP Optimization

  • From: Tim Jenkins <TimJ@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'fruityloops@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'" <fruityloops@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 09:30:51 -0000

Just my 2p worth. 

With regards to using the fast hard drive for audio ?? isn't true that in a
multiple hard drive system the speed is only as quick as the slowest drive??

That's what I was lead to believe anyway. :~/  

If this is the case then don't let the speed of the HD sway your decision
with regards to how you partition your system??


-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Ebling [mailto:andyebling@xxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: 20 February 2003 07:40
To: fruityloops@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [fruityloops] Re: XP Optimization

On Wed, 2003-02-19 at 21:58, Alasdair Dunlop wrote:

> I have had to 'repair' ie, re-install 5 times this week so far.
> Admittedly I have been doing a lot of data juggling as part of the back
> up plan but the format is going to be a great breathe of fresh
> air...hopefully.

hehe, sounds familiar :-/.

> Is vfat32 different from FAT32? 

sorry, I had my linux hat on for a second there.  Use FAT32 (which is
known as VFAT in linux circles).

> Also I read on MusicXP.net that cluster
> size can have an affect as well, any ideas there? 

Well if you are going to record large chunks of audio when FLStudio
comes along, you'll want the cluster size set large, to minimise
filesystem overhead.  However if you want to keep thousands of samples,
a few 10s of Kb each, then set the cluster size small otherwise you'll
waste a lot of disk space.

> Also I was planning to
> install FruityLoops on the 60GB drive as it's the faster drive along
> with all my plug-ins and other audio editing app's. Is this something
> you would recommend? Keep system and everyday software on one disk and
> the audio stuff on the other?

Well its up to you how you arrange things - but I've come to the
conclusion that keeping all apps (incl. audio) on c: and putting just
recorded audio data on d: is a good way to work.  The reasoning for this
is that you need the absolute lowest fragmentation possible for
recording audio (plus there are advantages from a windows kernel
perspective - a dedicated disk cache for that disk for example). 

Perhaps think about partitioning the 60GB disk if you don't want to use
it all for audio stuff.

> Here I meant that I have 15-20 plug-ins installed on the PC but
> certainly not running in FL at any one time. Usually 3 or 4, sometimes 7
> or 8 but I usually bounce these to audio and play them that way. The
> smart disable feature sounds handy. I remember when I had only a few
> plug-in's, FL ran fast and stable and now I am getting audio clicking
> and dropouts, which obviously is a problem.=20

I'd suggest that is unlikely to be related to the number of plugins you
have installed, unless you are short of memory... actually, I don't
think fruity even loads installed, but unused plugins (unlike logic and

> The plan is to install the minimum of app's

Thats always a good plan.  I'm in the process of evalutating a lot of
different software at the moment, so I'll need to re-install again once
I've made a decision.


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