I am new to the home-recording game. I have immediately run into a latency issue with my Tascam 122 USB interface - when I overdub on an imported beat or the rhythm track, the latency factor seems to be around 120 ms. Actually, it seems to be early / faster by 120 ms so I have to increase the time location on that track. I have two questions:
1. Will the latency factor always be constant with my set-up? (i.e. every time I record a track it will be exactly 120 ms off). Or does this factor change from track to track and one recording session to the next?
Is there a method to determine exactly what the latency factor is?
2. Given my set-up below (with an average-speed laptop), what are my best options for reducing latency. Does I purchase new studio software, new soundcard, etc.? I was under the impression that my computer soundcard did not come into play when I use the Tascam-122 b/c it actually functions as a soundcard when recording.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Here is my setup:
Shure KSM27 condenser mic
Tascam US-122 USB Audio/MIDI Interface (USB-powered)
Acoustica Mixcraft 2.50 Recording Studio (software)
Laptop - 1.4 GHz, Pentium M, 40GB, 512MB RAM, 400 MHz bus speed, sound card is cheap (Sound Blaster Pro)