Windows 10 and 11 Optimization Guide for DEX 3, DEX 3 RE, or LYRX

Optimize Windows 11 for PCDJ and DJ Software

The optimizations below are suggested for users employing DEX 3, DEX 3 RE, or LYRX on computers running Windows 10 or 11. Regardless of your computer’s power or age, following these recommendations can enhance performance.

Beatport LINK and Beatsource LINK support for DEX 3 DJ Software

For supported operating systems and to ensure your device’s specifications are adequate, please check the DEX 3, DEX 3 RE, or LYRX System Requirements.

To implement several optimizations, access the Control Panel by:

  1. Pressing the Windows Key or clicking the Start button.
  2. Typing “Control Panel.”
  3. Pressing Enter or selecting the Control Panel app.

Optimization and Power

  • Restart your computer.
    • Regularly rebooting your PC can prevent issues like audio glitches, crashes, and system hangs. Before significant events, always restart your system.
  • Always connect your power adapter.
    • Running DEX 3 or similar software solely on battery can cause CPU throttling, leading to performance drops, especially when the battery is low.
  • Adjust Power Settings:
    • Adjusting power settings ensures uninterrupted playback, recording, and USB device operation.
      1. Open Control Panel.
      2. Select Hardware and Sound.
      3. Choose Power Options.
      4. Activate the High Performance plan (click ‘Show additional Plans’ if necessary).
      5. Adjust the High Performance plan settings: set both the display and computer’s sleep times to ‘Never’.
      6. Go to Change advanced power settings. Ensure hard disks don’t sleep, disable USB selective suspend settings, and set minimum processor state to 100%.
PCDJ Power Settings
  • Disable USB Power Management:
    • Doing this frees up USB bus bandwidth, aiding device recognition and driver installation.
      1. Open Device Manager under Hardware & Sound.
      2. Expand Universal Serial Bus Controllers.
      3. Double-click on each USB Root Hub item, navigate to the Power Management tab, and uncheck “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.”
USB Power Root Hub PCDJ

Hard Disk Optimizations

Optimizing your hard disk improves performance during audio playback and recording.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Right-click on the audio storage drive and select Properties.
  3. Ensure ‘Compress this drive to save disk space’ is unchecked.
  4. Repeat for any/all connected hard drives.
hard disk optimizations for PCDJ

Processor Adjustments

Optimizing the processor allows DEX 3 or other PCDJ software to run more efficiently.

  1. Navigate to System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced Tab.
  2. Under Performance, adjust settings to prioritize Background Services.
  3. Restart your computer.
Processor Scheduling for PCDJ

Disable User Account Control

UAC can interfere with volume permissions. To disable:

  1. Open Control Panel and go to User Accounts.
  2. Adjust User Account Control Settings to ‘Never Notify.’
  3. Reboot your computer.
Disable User Account Control PCDJ

Disable C-State Transition and Turbo Boost (BIOS)

If available, turn off these settings to ensure steady processor speed. Refer to your computer or motherboard manufacturer for guidance.

Updates and Drivers

  • Windows Updates: Keep your OS updated for optimal performance and security.
  • Graphics Driver: Update regularly to prevent your system’s CPU from overloading and decreasing DEX 3 performance.
  • Network Adapter Driver: Keep these updated to ensure optimal software performance.
  • Latest Device Drivers: Update your controller’s drivers regularly to maintain compatibility with DEX 3, DEX 3 RE, or LYRX.
  • PCDJ Software Updates: Make sure you’re running the latest version of PCDJ (Updates include performance improvements and bug fixes). DEX 3 Support | DEX 3 RE Support | LYRX Support
Windows Updates for PCDJ

Miscellaneous Optimizations

  1. Directly connect audio interfaces or controllers to your computer instead of using USB hubs or adapters.
  2. Close unnecessary programs to free up resources.
  3. Temporarily turn off background software utilities. If in doubt, consult an IT expert.
  4. Unplug unused USB devices.

Remember to stay updated and periodically check for optimizations for the best performance with DEX 3, DEX 3 RE, or LYRX.