Have you ever hit a wall when recording or mixing? Sure you have. We’ve all gotten the dreaded “I can’t handle this; please increase your hardware buffer size” message from our DAW.

In this video I explain how to print some of your tracks/instruments and free up more processing.

  • Hank

    Dude, 

    AWESOME video

  • rcolba

    hey joe,
    thanx for that tid bit on printing, ive had this problem especially on my laptop, so im gonna try it and hopefully it solve the issue.
    again thanx for all the helpful info,
    rcolba

  • TOMMY

    JOE,
    What would be the difference if I just rec. my tracks with the out going to a submix, aux. track, for each instr. and when I needed the extra power I could just make my tracks inactive and still have them on the aux. track as a submix?

    • Nope. When you inactivate a track it stops playing back audio. It acts as if
      it doesn't exist. So any audio on the track would stop playing. Try it.

    • TOMMY

      TOMMY,
      GREAT MAN . YOU ARE A GENIUS. Nobody ever thiought of that!

  • jimmyjam

    I learn somthing new everytime here,I use gtr rig,i guesss i could do the same thing with that program,if i have 4 or 5 tracks with it im sure its eating up my computer

  • Bryan ezell

    Hello Joe, I took the time and opportunity to read your report on the 12 home studio necessities and although I have been working with home studios for some years I found that there was some things you touched on that I need reassurance. I got my answer about the interferences my studio monitors were recieving and but why is that when I open up protools I hear a small keen sound only from that program? Please help.

    • If I had to guess, I’d say you’re using a USB audio interface and a laptop, am I right?

  • Printing reverb: just print one track at a time. For example: I have a plate reverb on a send and I’m sending vocals & a bit of guitar to it. I haven’t settled on my final mix but I’m running out of CPU. I solo the vocals and print just the 100% wet vocal reverb to a track. Then I do the same thing with guitars. I can now add or subtract reverb to vocals and or guitar by just riding the volume of those printed reverb tracks. If you use reverb on every track then you’ll double your track count but as long as you have room on your hard drive that’s no problems, yeah?

  • Thanks Joe! I’ve been mixing on my 2 ghz core2duo Macbook, and even with just a compressor + eq (McDsp cb4 & e4, supposed to be pretty efficient) on each of 8 audio tracks, a reverb or two (redline & breverb), a digi delay, and an analog channel ac1 (also McDsp) on the master, I’ve been hitting the cpu usage limit a lot… this will surely help!

    Tricky thing is: the most CPU hungry plugin is the reverb, which changes depending on what you feed it of course. So I can’t figure out a way to print THAT… any thoughts?

    I’d been specing out building a new tower PC just to run ProTools, but maybe I’ll make it through this mix after all.

    Thanks!
    Peter in Oakland