Usine's global setup tab. Various interface layouts and performances options.

import old setup

Imports all the settings from a previous Usine's installation. Click the button and select the folder (Win) or the .app (MAC) of the previous version.

This will copy the /Usine/Config/ folder of the old Usine to the new installation, including Snapshots, Devices, Addons, Browser Favorites, Plug-ins, Templates, Trash, Recent workspaces.

Requires a restart of Usine to apply the change.

global Interface

main language

Sets the language Usine is displayed in. Usine can display either English or French.

color Style

Color style of Usine.

Global saturation

Sets the global saturation for Usine's colors.

global zoom scale

Allows the adjustment of zoom for the entire Usine interface.

Useful to adjust the interface size on tablets.


Various tweaking options of the engine.

hardware acceleration

Turns on the hardware graphic acceleration. Sometime the graphic card can de in conflict with sound card drivers.

  • no acceleration : all graphics are calculated by the CPU. Slower but safe,
  • direct 2D : all graphics are calculated by the GPU using the Windows Direct2D layer. Not compatible with the video engine of Usine.
  • 3D GPU : all graphics are calculated by the GPU using the Windows DirectX layer. Fonts can be aliased.

Windows only.

buffered drawing

Usine will use a 2 steps buffering for drawing. This improves the graphic performances, but decrease the render quality especially when controls are zoomed.

fast text canvas

Try to draw text faster, but takes more memory.

low graphic quality

Option to toggle in low graphic quality to increase the global performance. Low graphic quality can reduce significantly CPU load, but also reduces graphic precision.

refresh speed

Sets the global Usine refresh speed. For low value (5 ms) Usine is very reactive and the graphic display looks smooth but cost more CPU.

25 ms is a good value in most situations.

max number of threads

Determines the maximum number of threads allowed in Usine.

Each rack is processed in a separate thread. Good values are from 16 to 32.

disk Buffer size

Disk Buffer Size of the reading audio file buffer.

A good value is around 1000ms. Increase if you use large multi-channels files.

CPU load max

Sets the CPU protection level. If the CPU Load is greater than the CPU maximum level, the process engine stops for few seconds, to avoid hard crash of your system.

Generally 90% is a good value modern processor. If you don't want use this protection set the value to 100%.

floating windows

Switch the selected windows into floating mode.

floating window for patches

Switch the patch-editor-panel into a floating window.

floating window for settings

Switch the settings-panel into a floating window.

floating window for grid

Switch the grid-panel into a floating window.

floating window for popups

Switch the panel-popup into a floating window.

See also

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