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Optimization Guide for Windows

The following optimizations for Windows are suggested and highly recommended for a better experience using Serato software on your PC.

Note that many of the settings below require that you access the Windows Control Panel. If you do not know how to do that, follow these steps:

  1. From the Start screen, move your mouse to the top-right corner of the screen and hold it there. You will see charms appear along the right edge of the screen.
  2. Click on the magnifying glass to open the Search, then type in Control Panel.
  3. You should see Control Panel show up in the results. Press Enter to open it.
  4. Click the box next to View By and select Large Icons. This will give you a good view for working within the Control Panel.

If you need further assistance finding the Control Panel, check out this video from Microsoft.

Power adapter

Ensure your computer's power adapter is connected. Using Serato DJ Pro (or any CPU-intensive application) with battery power can result in CPU throttling which could cause performance issues, particularly when the battery capacity is nearly empty. 

Adjust Power Options

It is strongly recommended to adjust the power options so that your computer does not enter sleep mode, put the hard disks to sleep, suspend USB devices, or reduce processor activity. These features can cause playback and record issues, as well as issues with your audio interfaces.

NOTE: Some computers do not allow the user to choose 'High Performance' as a plan (as per step 3 below) and some critical optimisation options maybe hidden under 'Change advanced power settings'. Microsoft Surface and Dell computers have been known to come with these options hidden - but there maybe other Windows OEM computers that fall into this category. If you find yourself in this situation, please check out our Where is the High Performance power plan option on my Windows 10 computer? article

Follow these steps to optimise your power options:

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Click on Power Options
  3. Select High Performance
  4. Click on Change plan setting
  5. Set the display’s sleep time as well as the computer’s sleep time to Never.
  6. Click on Change advanced power settings
  7. Click the next to Hard Disk, then click the + next to Turn Off Hard Disk After
  8. In the text field, type Never
  9. Click on the next to USB settings, the click the next to USB selective suspend settings
  10. Double-click where it says Enabled, then click Disabled.
  11. Click on the + next to Processor power management, then click the + next to Minimum processor state
  12. Type 100 in the text field (%)
  13. Click Apply, then OK
  14. Click Save Changes

Update Graphics Driver

Outdated graphics drivers often times will not use the GPU efficiently. This can put strain on your system’s processor, which in turn steals resources from Serato software. As as result, you may notice a decrease in performance. A simple solution to this is to make sure you keep your graphics drivers updated.

To find the make and model of your graphics controller and update it, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Click on Device Manager
  3. Click the triangle next to Display Adapters
  4. Your graphics cared model will appear directly below
  5. Double-click to view its properties
  6. In the General tab you can find the model and the manufacturer. In the Driver tab you can find the driver version and the date.
  7. Go to your manufacturer’s website to find the latest driver for your graphics controller.

 Update Network Adapter Driver

If your network adapter drivers are out of date, the ethernet controllers could end up using more resources than they needs, which would ultimately affect the performance of Serato software.

To update your network adapter driver, follow these steps:

  1. Access the Device Manager from the Control Panel.
  2. Select the Network Adapters category
  3. Find the manufacturer and your network adapter model. Often times, there will be more than one network adapter in Device Manager. Try updating them all to ensure proper performance.
  4. Go to your manufacturer’s website to find the latest drivers for your network adapter.

 Disable C-State Transition and Turbo Boost (BIOS)

Note that not all computers have these settings. If yours does, it is recommended that you disable them if possible. These two settings can cause the processor to change speeds depending on the computer’s activity. This can cause errors or slow performance with Serato DJ.

You should consult the manufacturer of your computer or your motherboard to see if these settings are available and learn how to disable them.

Disable USB Power Management

By disabling the USB power management, you can free up bandwidth on the USB bus which will help with issues related to device recognition and driver installation. To turn it off, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Click on Device Manager
  3. Double-click on Universal Serial Bus Controllers
  4. Double-click on the first USB Root Hub item
  5. Click on the Power Management Tab
  6. Uncheck the box that says “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” and click OK
  7. Do this for all USB Root Hub and Generic USB Hub items

Hard Disk Optimizations

These optimizations will improve disk performance when recording and playing back audio files.

  1. Hold your mouse over the top-right corner of the Start screen to show the Charms
  2. Click on the magnifying glass, type in Computer, then hit Enter
  3. Right click on the drive on which you will store your audio and choose Properties
  4. Make sure “Compress this drive to save disk space” is unchecked
  5. Click Apply, then OK
  6. Repeat this for any drive where you’ll be storing audio

Install the Latest Device Drivers

Make sure you keep the drivers for your controller up to date. This will ensure compatibility with Serato software. You can find driver updates at the controller manufacturer’s website.

Adjust Processor Scheduling

Adjusting the processor scheduling will allow your computer to run Serato software more efficiently. To learn how, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Click on System
  3. Select Advanced System Settings
  4. Click the Advanced Tab
  5. Under Performance, click the Settings button
  6. When the Performance Options window pops up, click the Advanced tab
  7. Under Processor Scheduling, select Background Services
  8. Click Apply, then OK
  9. Click OK to close System Properties
  10. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect

Disabling Screen Saver

Your screen saver may cause issues if it starts while Serato software is running. To turn it off, follow these steps:

  1. From the Start Screen, select the Desktop tile
  2. Right-click on your Desktop and select Personalize
  3. Click on Screen Saver
  4. Select None, then click OK

Disable User Account Control

User Account Control can cause issues with volume read/write permissions. To turn it off, follow these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Click User Accounts
  3. Click Change User Account Control Settings
  4. Set to Never Notify
  5. Click OK
  6. Restart your computer

Misc. Optimizations

The following is a list of recommendations to get better performance out of your system.

  • Avoid connecting audio interfaces or controllers to USB or Firewire hubs where possible. You will experience an overall better experience when you plug directly into your computer.
  • Make sure all unnecessary programs are closed. They can tie up useful resources.
  • Turn off any software utilities that run in the background, such as Windows Messenger, calendars, anti-virus, firewalls and disk maintenance programs.
  • Disconnect any unused USB devices from your computer.