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    Hey everyone! I just got a MacBook, I was wondering what some of you guys do to optimize your Mac for djing shows, things like settings, software, or hardware? I have a gig coming up and I want to be as prepared as possible. All advise would be great

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    The system itself is pretty much optimised. It comes down to don't have a bunch of apps open you don't need, keep at least 15% of your hard drive free. If you are on 10.7 or 10.8 it is recommended to have at least 4gb of ram for it to run fluently.

    My only recommendation is that if you are using a USB hub to make sure it's a powered one (as in plug it to the wall) and have your soundcard plugged directly to the computer, not through the hub.

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    Thank you! I have two powered 15" speakers. Would you recommend getting a soundcard and plugging in xlr cables to the soundcard that is connected to the Mac? I don't have a controller yet. But I do have a small mixer wich I don't think is a soundcard right?

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    Disable the IR remote sensor and install the app called Caffiene. That's it.
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    Thank you guys(gals) whats the caffeine app do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ7Star View Post
    Thank you guys(gals) whats the caffeine app do?
    Keeps the Mac display from going to sleep.

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    nothing. thats why i bought a macbook! but yes id get a soundcard rather than try to run the speakers off the 3.5mm jack socket

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    Quote Originally Posted by papo View Post
    Keeps the Mac display from going to sleep.
    Or manually do it in the System Preferences under Energy Saver.

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    I don't have a soundcard, but I have it hooked up to a mixer wich is hooked up to the speakers I don't need a soundcard if I do it that way right?

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