Latency and Monitoring Questions

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by Gossling, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. Gossling

    Gossling Guest


    I am attempting to record some low budget demos (for myself and friends), and have a few questions regarding latency and monitoring. I am planning on buying the EMU 0404 USB audio interface and some Shure SM57's to connect to a laptop.

    I will be multi-tracking layer by layer, and I want to hear my previous layers while I overdub the next. How would I go about doing this? I just have earphones, and I can't afford to spend any additional money on real studio monitors. I do have a 1/8" to 1/4" stereo jack adapter (so I could potentially connect directly to the interface' headphone output, right?), but when I used this on my electronic keyboard, the sound only came out of one side. Also, the EMU comes with a (1/8") unbalanced mini jack. Would this be compatible with consumer grade earphones?

    The EMU is advertised as having zero-latency for direct monitoring, but if I were to monitor through the computer, I assume there would be some (minimal?) latency. Could I overdub, monitoring through the computer, and just align the separate tracks after if they were off centered because of the latency? Or would the latency be spread out throughout the track, making it impossible to center? I'm still a little unclear on how latency actually works.

  2. hackenslash

    hackenslash Active Member

    Jun 9, 2008
    People's Republic Of Mancunia
    Monitor your input via direct monitoring. There is no latency associated with already recorded tracks, and yes, you can plug your headphones straight into the interface.
  3. KingSix

    KingSix Active Member

    Dec 19, 2005
    Quebec, Canada
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    Make sure you use the correct Asio drivers to minimize the latency (Your interface and the software you use have to support Asio)
  4. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    "Or would the latency be spread out throughout the track, making it impossible to center?"

    It's only using MME and cheapo soundcards that you get such problems. I speak from too much experience.

    Also the software, if configured properly, should account for this and automatically align things.

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