Tutorial #5: Preparing a Rack for Performance

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Tutorial #5: Preparing a Rack for Performance

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Before performing with any computer-based rig, you should use all the tools available to you to build confidence in your setup.  Remember that the reliability of your computer-based rig is not just about Forte, but about everything:

 

Your computer:
oIs it reliable?
oDoes it boot reliably?
oIs it free of extraneous software and especially anything that could slow the computer down.
Your audio I/O device:
oDoes the audio driver load every time the computer boots without issues?
oAre you able to play for extended periods of time without audio glitches?
Your MIDI I/O device:
oIs it reliable?
oIf you you have more than one MIDI I/O device, do they come up in with consistent well-known port names?  Port names like "USB MIDI In" is not helpful.
Your audio plugins:
oCan they withstand hours of audio streaming without issues (e.g. memory leaks, crashes, other bugs)
Your rack file
oAre your scene changes responsive (hint:  slow scene changes are always slow because of individual plugins reloading sound data)?
oIs your setlist ordered correctly for smooth advance through the set?  Hint:  see Scenes, Songs, and Setlists
oDo you keep backups of your important rack files?

 

To help with these things, Forte includes several important tools you should be using to build confidence in your rig.  See Confidence Building Tools for more information.