When recording and/or mixing music on lower end or older computers, the following tricks are important:
- When mixing, increase your buffer size to around 4096 or so depending on how many tracks you’re working with. It may need to go a little higher.
- Freeze/print tracks that are plugin heavy. In fact, freeze/print any track that has a set and forget plugin.
- If you need to record a last minute track (a vocal harmony or a little guitar weedly-doo) disable/mute everything but the bare minimum needed for reference and drop your buffer size as low as possible.
- As an example of bare minimum: disable all drum tracks except the overheads and disable all guitar except the base rhythm tracks.