Low Latency Soundcard + Standalone Softsynth Host

Discussion in 'Synths / Samplers & VSTi' started by Nate Tschetter, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Feb 28, 2001

    I have a P3/1Ghz (or something, where can I find all the technical BS about my MOBO on a PC) currently with a Frontier Designs WaveCenter PCI card. I'm looking to turn this strictly into a "synth" machine.

    What is a good soundcard to give me low latency playback of synths? I guess I really only need two MIDI in and out, SP/DIF (ADAT is nice for multichannel) and analaog out.

    Also looking for some kind of standalone softsynth host. I'll be running mostly Native Instruments stuff.
  2. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Steinberg has a program called V-Stack.

    This is exactly what you are looking for as it incorporates the VST System Link and runs any VST instrument you so desire!

    Check it out!

    As far as a card goes...shouldn't matter as long as you can adjust the buffer settings on it so it is low enough for real time playing!


    Opus :D
  3. dave berry

    dave berry Guest

    check out the creamware pulsar scope fusion series. this card has onboard DSP's to play all those synths etc. and there are a few options (depending on which one you get) as far as ins/outs. their basic pulsar has ADAT I/O x2, MIDI I/O/T, S/PDIF I/O and analog rca I/O. go to creamware.com
  4. MisterBlue

    MisterBlue Member

    Mar 15, 2003
    My vote goes to RME. The Hammerfall series runs stably at 128 samples with a decent system. I even tried 64 samples but the recording wouldn't always come out perfectly clean ... if you're only playing VST synths it might work at the low latency for you, though.


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