Latency or Echo when headphone monitoring

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by bvon, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Macbook Pro 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB RAM
    OS X 10.5.4
    Edirol UA-25
    Sennheiser 416
    Soundtrack Pro 1.1 or Garageband '08

    I get either a slight latency or an echo (sort of a hollow echo-y sound as if in a cave) when I'm monitoring my recording through headphones but the recording sounds great when I listen back. No boomy echo at all. I'm inclined to call it latency because it seems as if I can hear my voice mili, nano, pico seconds before I hear them boomy through the headphones. It happens no matter whether I monitor through the Edirol or plugged directly into the Mac and I've heard it using both Sountrack as well as Garageband. I get the same effect if I put the mic in diff. environments or use the computer. mic. Any thoughts on what could be causing it or what else I might do to fix it before it drives me insane? Thank you.
     
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    zimv20

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    yes, that's latency.

    the only way to get a non-latent signal is to tap it in analog before it hits the a/d converters.

    possible solutions are y-cables, preamps w/ two outputs, half-normalled patchbays and running through a mixer first (which i wouldn't recommend unless it's a high-quality mixer).
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    Have you adjusted the latency/buffer properties, to allow lower latency?
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. The Edirol UA-25 should allow me to tap into the signal as analog. I may be monitoring after it goes through the computer. I'm not sure. I've tried disabling the software monitoring but when I set it to anything other than the Edirol, I can't monitor from the Edirol. There's a latency buffer setting in Soundtrack Pro but when I adjust it, there's no difference in the latency. You guys have other suggestions?
     
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    zimv20

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    it looks like that "direct monitoring" knob on the front should allow no-latency monitoring (from the diagram on the top of the unit, it looks like it bypasses the converters, which is what you want).

    i'd double-check the manual to ensure you're using it right.

    it is possible to get *low* latency monitoring through software, but not *no* latency. the a/d and d/a converters themselves take time, even if the s/w manages to turn it around instantaneously.
     

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