asked Dec 29 '16 at 12:05 by Ton-ish (443)

edited Jan 04 '17 at 13:04

In Bitwig I'm experiencing very high CPU usage when i use the Asio driver for my soundcard, but when i open the DSP graph window the CPU drops back to normal. Here is a picture of what happens when i open it

alt text I guess Bitwig takes CPU priority when we open the DSP graph. I wonder if you have any tips or windows tweaks that could help me have a better CPU behavior?

When i use the Wasapi driver I don't have any CPU problem but i have no inputs available from my sound card.

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Make sure you have priority for 'background processes' enabled in Windows (like se:

Make sure, your power management profile has min. CPU frequency at sufficiently high level (50% or more) - for balanced profiles its usually at 5%, which is a killer for real-time audio applications, because when utilisation of the CPU is low - say 20-30% - the system will reduce the clock so that the power doesn't go to waste and that's when glitches occur.

Install a tool - eg. full throttle override ( - that'll adjust the power profile to max performance as soon as specified programs are run, so that you don't have to do it manually.

Disable internet, antivirus, system updates, notifications while working in Bitwig.

I also had that issue (drop in reported CPU load when opening the DSP graph) and the above solved it - not sure which one, though :)


answered Sep 20 '17 at 10:35 by antic604 (329)

edited Sep 20 '17 at 10:36

The usual way to solve it is to increase your audio latency. If you post more information about your setup (operating system, computer, audio interface etc) you could probably get more detailed help. :)


answered Jan 04 '17 at 12:28 by fredrik (80)

Thank you, I have a Dell Xps13 windows 10 64bit and an Iconnect Audio2+ set to the recommended buffer size: 800 samples, as shown on the picture above. Due to coil noise i have to set my computer battery plan to "Power Saver" mode and i'm pretty sure that's where the problem comes from. But is that normal that when the DSP performance graph is open, Bitwig's performances are more stable? If yes, is there a way to keep it open by default?


answered Jan 04 '17 at 12:52 by Ton-ish (443)

edited Jan 04 '17 at 12:53

I experienced the same strange behavior. I run Bitwig on a Win 10 Laptop with no external soundcard. I can only chose the wasapi driver and can´t adjust sample rate and buffer. With the DSP Performance Graph open all runs very smooth. If closed it get´s overloaded very often and makes it all unusable. That´s already happening when DSP Graph shows about 30% load. Didn´t experience this behavior on my older Laptop with internal sound.


answered Sep 19 '17 at 18:07 by SUMTRAX (41)

ok, thanks for the reply. Setting the priority didn´t help. But setting the "minimum processor state" to a way more higher level helped.

(how to: see here)

In my case 75% gave me enough air to breathe. No need to have the DSP graph open at all times anymore. Saving it as a power plan lets me switch it on and off if wanted. Still I have no clue why the DSP graph did the same as setting the "minimum processor state" to 100%...but if it´s working now I don´t really bother ;)


answered Sep 20 '17 at 17:11 by SUMTRAX (41)

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