Latency

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by sammyman, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. sammyman macrumors 6502a

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    When I record on my iMac, I sometimes get some serious latency. I am recording through a firebox right now on an iMac 1.9Ghz with logic express. Is my computer or my firebox the culprit? Is there some device I can buy that will eliminate this latency, or do I need a MacPro?
     
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    when you say you "get latency", what exactly do you mean? how do you hear it?
     
  3. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I strum the guitar and hear it back with over a 1 second delay when recording.
     
  4. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    it's over a second? that's really out of hand.

    so long as you're monitoring post-conversion, you'll get latency. how much depends on the hardware and software you're using, plug settings such as record buffer size (the bigger it is, the more latency you'll hear).

    > 1 sec is really quite long. it makes me wonder if you've got a delay or reverb plug or something on, with mix @ 100%.

    anyway, the way to combat latency is to grab the signal before it hits the a/d converters, with some implementation of a y-cable. some gear has extra outs, or you can half-normal a patchbay, or you can actually just use a y-cable.

    but also look into why your latency is so extreme.
     

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