The CPU and memory meter let you keep track of your computer’s resources and make sure Soundation is running as smoothly as possible. Read on to learn more about this essential feature. Plus, check out major improvements to automation – all thanks to your feedback.
Making music requires your computer to do several things at the same time — all at breakneck speed. So, just like any other DAW, your laptop’s power and memory specs can considerably boost Soundation’s performance. If you have a home studio, you know to go for the beefiest laptop on the shelf.
But for traveling musicians, sometimes it doesn’t matter if it’s an old MacBook Air sitting around your friend’s house or a Windows laptop you have onboard an RV. After all, unlike any other DAW, you can fire up Soundation from any computer you come across.
Either way, the CPU and memory meter is a handy tool that will let you make the most out of any machine.
Clearer Display, Smoother Playback
With the CPU and memory meter, you can see exactly how much of the processor’s capacity and RAM is being used by Soundation. Seeing your computer’s real-time performance not only helps you understand how it serves your music-making needs, but also helps you narrow down potential culprits when you experience stuttering and glitchy playback.
For example, sample-based sounds like imported and recorded audio can hog your computer’s RAM, rather than its CPU. If you rely on lots of samples and audio tracks, you’ll need to free up RAM space to ease off the machine.
Alternately, anything that requires real-time processing like long effects chains can have an outsized impact on your CPU usage. If you make electronic music, it’s useful to always keep your CPU in check.
To learn more about gauging your computer’s health and what techniques to use if you want to avoid system overload, check out our FAQ.
New and Improved Automation
For those of you who’ve been writing us with feedback on how we can make automation better, these updates are for you. For those who want to bring movement to your music, these updates are for you as well!
The first set of improvements is all about precision.
This can only mean one thing: vertical and horizontal snapping is here. Automation points now snap to grid positions or align with the nearest grid value. If you want to edit points in smaller increments and disable grid-snapping, hold Ctrl or Cmd.
We also made some changes so automation is more responsive, but only when you want it to be responsive. When you click on the line, a point will now be added. You can then drag it to the desired value.
To add a point beyond the line, just double-click anywhere on the region. Deleting points will now require a double-click.
These changes let you have more precise control, whether you want to make a slow fade using volume automation or an instant drop using filter automation:
The second set of improvements is about efficiency.
If you add automation from the effect panel, the first automation line now corresponds to the selected parameter value.
When hovering a pointer over the line, a hover effect will be displayed. Plus, you’ll be able to see the parameter value in the display area at the bottom of the studio. This makes it easier to add the right automation points from the start.
You can now also select multiple points by dragging or holding the shift key. To remove multiple points at once, press backspace or delete.
One last thing for this round of updates. Due to popular requests, you can now move the playhead by clicking anywhere in the arrangement space, not only on the beat-time ruler at the top. This makes the studio navigation, especially when copying and pasting clips, more intuitive and effortless.
As always, feel free to reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at our official Discord channel to share your thoughts.