The performance meter is a menu within REAPER that you can use to view your CPU usage, RAM usage, etc. To open up the REAPER Performance Meter, click ‘View>Performance Meter.’ From there, you can monitor REAPER’s stress on your computer’s processing.
Metering Performance In REAPER
Music production has nothing more frustrating than your computer’s performance impeding your workflow.
Knowing how to monitor the stress your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) puts on your computer’s processing potential is very important in figuring out what your computer can handle.
Thankfully, REAPER has a menu that you can use for the ‘Performance Meter.’
In this deep dive article, I will be showing you the REAPER Performance Meter and how you can use it!
To Follow This Tutorial, You’ll Need
Everything you will need to follow along with this tutorial comes with the REAPER DAW.
However, if you want to get the most out of this article, I recommend following along with a REAPER project file that is chock-full of plugins and virtual instrument plugins.
Alright, now let’s move on!
Step One – Open Up The Performance Meter
The first step for monitoring your performance in REAPER is to open up the performance meter.
All you have to do is click View>Performance Meter, and the window will open up.
You can view REAPER’s performance and its strain on your computer.
Now that you have opened up the REAPER Performance Meter, we can move on.
Step Two – Use The Performance Meter
With the REAPER Performance Meter now opened up, we can use it to monitor REAPER’s performance and check for any potential performance issues.
Let’s take a close look at what the REAPER performance Meter is telling us about our REAPER project.
What Does The Performance Meter Tell You?
The REAPER Performance Meter tells you the following:
CPU use in % form
Disk read/Disk write occurring in REAPER
RAM use in MB form
System free in MB form (you will only see this on Windows. Therefore, I don’t see it since I have a Mac)
CPU that FX (plugins) are using
The FX (plugins) in your REAPER project and how much CPU each one is using
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