Latency How big of an issue?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by vdrummer, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. vdrummer

    vdrummer Active Member

    Jan 21, 2007
    I'm trying to decide between and alone recorder and a firewire but I'm concerned about latency issues - We fear what we do not understand!. On stand alone recorders this seems like a non-issue but for computer based systems this is a big issue. My concern is how does it affect punch in and punch outs when fixing track mistakes? Is it such a problem that it is difficult to match the playing of the playback track to the recorded punch in spot that you are currently trying to record? Or is it such a small time value that is does not present a problem.

  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Depends on your computer. Most interfaces are capable of very low latency. It shouldn't be an issue at all.
  3. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    I usually don't monitor what I am recording through the recording software. I monitor directly what I am recording by routing inputs directly to the outputs through RME's TotalMix. Other good interfaces have a similar feature. Zero latency monitoring is good enough for me!

    Although when recording vocals and the guy wants a reverb or something on his voice, I can monitor through the recording software with only 3ms of latency, which is basically no latency to speak of.

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