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Do externals consume much memory when they are not used ?

Sep 06 2010 | 11:51 am


I have installed several hundreths externals in my Max 5 configuration.

Apart from making the startup duration longer, do these externals use a significant amount of RAM when they are not used ?

Thank you in advance.

Sep 06 2010 | 12:08 pm

In nearly all cases, if they aren’t loaded into an object, they aren’t using any RAM whatsoever.

Sep 07 2010 | 2:58 pm

Nope, they are just files until you add them to a patch.

Sep 07 2010 | 4:18 pm

> "…making the startup duration longer,"

mmh, i didn't even think about that.. Is this the reason why Max takes 4 minutes to launch on my MBP 2,4Ghz ?


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Sep 07 2010 | 4:39 pm

did u try trashing Preferences folder, then manually re-adding your externals folder to the search path on startup? might help… the Prefs folder tends to fill up and start bogging things down after awhile.

Sep 07 2010 | 4:56 pm

(wow, Alexandre, that’s pretty much every good 3rd party external you could ever want or need!)

*Never fear, Noob4Life was never here!*

Sep 07 2010 | 6:36 pm

> "try trashing Preferences folder"

Thanks, this is faster now. (Although i had weirds messages (on the pic) in max window on the 2st startup. But no more now.)

> " that’s pretty much every good 3rd party external you could ever want or need!"

Yeah, perhaps i should get some off, as i just really use 5% of them… Would that improve something?


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Sep 07 2010 | 7:50 pm

By the way, all my patch cords are now black. How can i change the default color for patch cords ?
I did that before but cannot recover how…

Sep 07 2010 | 8:09 pm

Found it: Options > Object Defaults > "Default Patchline color"

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