You can try a few basic laptop tweaks.
- Check you have latest update of BIOS, drivers, Windoze, RME, VIs, DAW, etc
--->Of course, the recent versions of Windoze 1903 have some reported DPC latency issues for music computers so maybe not the very latest is better. Some NSA backdoors have been discovered so Intel is patching some of these security holes; the NSA tax is more detrimental to the performance of older machines, reportedly (maybe 0-20% decline but some government shill will contest that here).
- Turn off all other programs
you have running.
- Turn off all networking, bluetooth
etc. on your laptop
- Make sure you are plugged in
rather than using battery
- Select - Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Power Options "High Performance"
- If your laptop supports "Dell Command - Power Manager"
select thermal management and click "high performance"
- On the RME interface try increasing BUFFER
just a bit. There is very little difference between say 48 and 64 (or 128 for that matter).
- On the RME interface and throughout your music chain, make sure you are running at native sample rates for the instruments
(44.1KHz for Miroslav and Vienna Imperial). Resampling to different rate takes a lot of horsepower.
---> Per the respective websites, Miroslav is 16 bit whilst Vienna Imperial is 24 bit samples. I don't know if it would improve performance or matter if you have Vienna Imperial samples at 16 bit (or if the samples are even available at 16 bit). Frankly, I don't think there is anything we can do here with bit rates.
- Disable Antivirus
programs (some methods are more effective but just do the quick way for now). Re-enable when you finish playing.
- If your laptop allows you to disable c-states and/or SpeedStep and/or turbo
in BIOS that might lock your CPU speeds. This is popular problem for crackling music laptops (be careful to monitor that laptop does not get too hot).
- You could download free ThrottleStop software and try some tweaks
to get your laptop sorted. You may be able to disable c-states, disable SpeedStep, disable turbo etc with that. You can also identify and kill idle processes so that c0% is below say 1%. The software requires some trial and error but there is a friendly forum. http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/the-throttlestop-guide.531329/
- You can download free LatencyMon software
. Turn off all other programs. Let LatencyMon run for say 10 minutes. Look at results; DPC latency issues are identified by friendly graphic and detailed report.