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FX Freeze is a tool, which will help you forget about CPU, RAM or polyphony shortage problems while working with VST instruments or FX. With FX Freeze you can freeze any processor heavy instrument or FX and free up some CPU power with just one mouse click. The released horsepower can be used to set up more FX or increase the effective polyphony of DAW, etc. The DAW CPU can be utilised up to 200%, 300% or even more of its efficiency without overloading the system. Any frozen tracks can be returned to their normal state, i.e. unfrozen, with just one mouse click.
FX Freeze also allows you to release the RAM resource previously used by the frozen plug-in (ultrafreeze), which is extremely important while using large complex patches of modern sampler libraries. There is also a possibility of freezing certain zone of a song. A special function of freezing only certain MIDI channels is especially convenient when working with multi-timbral virtual synth arrangements.
- Freeze option to free CPU resources.
- Ultrafreeze option to free both CPU and RAM.
- Freeze of a certain portion of a song.
- Saving frozen data with the song.
- Selective MIDI channels freezing.
- Simple and intuitive.
- VST compatible instrument and FX support.
- VST 2 compatible host support.
- SONAR support (via VST DX Adapter).
Reviewed By multree
December 21, 2003
But how does it work. Well you start a standalone program, browse thru your folders and search for all those VST plugins you'd like to wrap (since it doesn't effect the behaviour or CPU load of your VSTs you might as well wrap all of them). Fx-freeze now creates a new dll file [plugin name (z)] and places them into your plugin folder. Now make some music. If you start to run out of power, open some of your CPU Hogs and click on the little snowflake on the very left. Press play and let the magic begin. If you're using large sample libraries that store the content in your RAM, you should click on the right snowflake which cleans your RAM from the files that are no longer used.
Now the only thing that can stop you from using billions of effects is your hard drive space and speed. But since today’s HD’s are huge and fast this shouldn't be a problem for most of us. Only Laptop users should be careful, because every frozen plugin means another running audio track (in 32bit floating point quality). This is the only weakness of fx-freeze. The built-in freeze functions a la Emagic or RawMaterialSoftware don't increase the disk load or even reduce it (Tracktion merges all frozen tracks into one single audio file).
So if you have a sequencer like Logic you probably won't need this. If you have a freeze function similar to Tracktion's and want to freeze a track but still want to change the volume or position in the mix, this is the tool for you.Read more