Latency Question

Discussion in 'Digital Audio & Recording' started by marmy, Jan 7, 2003.

  1. marmy

    marmy New Member

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    I'm new to this audio stuff. What is latency??? I'm interested in buying a sound card for my new PC. What should I look out for regards latency???? Someone please advise

    thanks
  2. jon-paul

    jon-paul New Member

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    Not sure but i think latency is the time it takes for information to reach the source a bit like phasing but dont quote me on that.
  3. bubbleboy

    bubbleboy New Member

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    Latency is the time it takes for the audio signal to travel through the pc's architecture and out through the soundcard. Meaning, when you press a key on a keyboard, the midi signal travels into the pc, to the soundcard and out through the audio outputs. Therefore the time taken from when you press the key to when you hear the sound is the latency value.
  4. marmy

    marmy New Member

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    Thanks very Much
  5. funkx

    funkx New Member

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    This was good explained by bubbleboy!
    Perhaps you can add that it´s important to have a soundcard
    that supports low latencys!! Otherways you´re not able to
    play sotfware synthesizers in programs like cubase etc...
  6. bubbleboy

    bubbleboy New Member

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    happy to oblige...i use a mac so the soundcard is built in but yeah you're looking for a very low latency setup. mac osx promises muchly, still stuck with os9 at the moment tho. cubase boy, dabbled with pro tools but still come back to base!!
  7. bubbleboy

    bubbleboy New Member

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    marmy, did you consider a mac for your audio work??
  8. nixta

    nixta New Member

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    The Latency sucks on my PC when trying to MIDI trigger the software synth from my keyboard in REASON 1.0 :(

    Can't wait to get my iBook :) *only 2 weeks to go*

    MARMY get a soundcard that has zero latency and you'll be fine!!
  9. eapool76

    eapool76 New Member

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    there are many things you can do to lower latency on your pc - give more details and maybe i can help you
  10. keppeler

    keppeler New Member

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    the latency involves the hardware and the software,
    so be sure to check both in order to obtain a optimum of low latency.

    cheers
  11. nigeyd

    nigeyd New Member

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    Well of course you can live with latency if you can't afford the pricy technology -it's just a matter of repositioning all your recorded tracks tom account for the time offset..... Obviously this is not only time consuming but very upsetting!!
  12. dj1983

    dj1983 New Member

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    Latency can be compensated by many usb audio interfaces a good latency time is less than 3ms when composing latency is a major factor !!!
  13. johnrowley

    johnrowley Member

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    Latency is the time delay between playing a midi note on your keyboard input and hearing it. Use Creative SB Audigy soundcard which is excellent at less than 7ms (milligseconds). Any card with more is just not good enough. I use Cubase VST on a 1gig Athlon running Win98 Second Edition with 256 of DDR memory. Works brilliant.
  14. Viz204

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    Word of advice:

    1.) Windows 98 handles midi data >>more<< efficiently than Win XP!!

    2.) Without extra devices, you can usually get audio latency down to around 35 ms with the DirectX Full Duplex ASIO driver ;)
  15. powder66

    powder66 New Member

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    the important thing is to buy good gear obviusly...i have some xp machines with delta cards and unitor 8 midi gear..i never have a problem even on big projects..and the gear is not that expencive

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