Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 21

Thread: Going crazy over latency

  1. #1
    Big Thier is offline New Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    32
    Rep Power
    0

    Unhappy Going crazy over latency

    Sign in to disable this ad
    Hi, this is my first post. I'll try to make this short: I'm using an Audio Technica AT3035 condenser mic, which is hooked up with an XLR cable to my Roland Edirol UA-25EX soundcard, which is hooked up to the PC with a USB cable. My problem is: I'm dealing with occasional latency. To put it simply, the sound coming out the headphones is delayed of like 1/4 second, so whenever somebody records vocals, they're slightly offbeat. But sometimes, around 20% of the time, it will be right on beat. No latency. But then the next day, it's delayed again. I've pretty much tried everything to fix it, buffer sizes, enabling/disabling stuff (I'm a noob at this), I called all the music stores in my area, I even paid someone online to help me, but it never went away. I'm recording in Acoustica Mixcraft 2 (I know) but I have the same problem recording with Audacity. Also, I'm not even using VST's or any effects while recording, or running a lot of programs at the same time. I'm on Windows 7. In Mixcraft, I choose the Edirol soundcard as the recording IN, and for the playback OUT. I hope this makes sense. Looking forward to your suggestions.

  2. #2
    mjbphotos's Avatar
    mjbphotos is offline Been Here, Posted That
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Lowell Street Studio, New England
    Posts
    6,910
    Rep Power
    15251840
    Does your soundcard allow direct monitoring? That's what you need to use.

  3. #3
    Big Thier is offline New Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    32
    Rep Power
    0
    Thanks for your reply. The "direct monitor" light is on on my interface.

  4. #4
    Big Thier is offline New Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    32
    Rep Power
    0
    So???? Somebody please help me. NO ONE in real life has been able/willing to. Y'all are my last chance.

  5. #5
    gecko zzed's Avatar
    gecko zzed is offline audio illusion
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Ranelagh Tasmania
    Age
    63
    Posts
    4,813
    Rep Power
    21474849
    1 Check that there are no background applications that may interfere with your recording (e.g. wifi, virus checkers, screen savers). If it is happening intermittently, then maybe this might be the cause.

    2 Use direct monitoring as mjb suggested. Plug monitors and headphones in to the Edirol and use that.
    http://homerecording.com/bbs/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=45599&dateline=1256715193
    I have a theory about that

  6. #6
    Bobbsy's Avatar
    Bobbsy is offline Boring Old Git
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Queensland, Australia
    Age
    62
    Posts
    4,819
    Rep Power
    21264792
    With "Direct Monitoring" on there should be zero latency (you're routing your input signals direct to your headphones without going via the computer) so something is clearly going on here.

    The first thing I'd do is go to the Roland site and download/install their latest drivers.

    Beyond that, I notice from the manual that the Direct Monitor Volume knob is doing more than the name implies. It's actually controlling the balance between signals coming from the computer and the stuff on the the direct input. I don't know Acoustica at all, but could you have a button selected so the "new" material is being routed back to the Edirol interface. If so, the effect of the Direct Monitor Volume knob would be to mix between zero latency and latency. Your best bet would be to turn off the monitor playback of the new tracks in Acoustica...might be as basic as hitting Mute on the tracks you're recording...but I'd hit the manual to see if there's a better way.

    FYI, with the Direct Monitoring, none of the buffer size stuff etc. should come into play. However, if you use any MIDI then it all comes into play since MIDI must go via the computer.

    Hope some of this helps a bit.
    The pessimist sees the glass as half empty. The optimist sees it as half full. The realist just drains the darn thing and gets a refill!

  7. #7
    Mo Facta's Avatar
    Mo Facta is offline Farts of Nature
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    JHB, RSA
    Posts
    1,165
    Rep Power
    4690782
    Are you using plugins? They can introduce latency depending.

    Cheers

  8. #8
    Big Thier is offline New Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    32
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by gecko zzed View Post
    1 Check that there are no background applications that may interfere with your recording (e.g. wifi, virus checkers, screen savers). If it is happening intermittently, then maybe this might be the cause.

    2 Use direct monitoring as mjb suggested. Plug monitors and headphones in to the Edirol and use that.
    Are you telling me I should turn off my antivirus while I'm recording? About the wifi, I don't know much about that but I do have a router hooked up with another computer so I don't know... And I already plug everything into the Edirol soundcard. Should I still turn the rest off in the computer's settings? I also tried that with no success.

  9. #9
    Big Thier is offline New Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    32
    Rep Power
    0
    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbsy View Post
    With "Direct Monitoring" on there should be zero latency (you're routing your input signals direct to your headphones without going via the computer) so something is clearly going on here.

    The first thing I'd do is go to the Roland site and download/install their latest drivers.

    Beyond that, I notice from the manual that the Direct Monitor Volume knob is doing more than the name implies. It's actually controlling the balance between signals coming from the computer and the stuff on the the direct input. I don't know Acoustica at all, but could you have a button selected so the "new" material is being routed back to the Edirol interface. If so, the effect of the Direct Monitor Volume knob would be to mix between zero latency and latency. Your best bet would be to turn off the monitor playback of the new tracks in Acoustica...might be as basic as hitting Mute on the tracks you're recording...but I'd hit the manual to see if there's a better way.

    FYI, with the Direct Monitoring, none of the buffer size stuff etc. should come into play. However, if you use any MIDI then it all comes into play since MIDI must go via the computer.

    Hope some of this helps a bit.

    Thanks a lot for your reply. Acoustica Mixcraft is a really basic program (that's why I like it), but like I said I got the same problem with Audacity, so I wouldn't think Mixcraft is the problem. And nah, there's no "monitoring button" unfortunately. I'll go re-install the drivers but I'm pretty sure I've already done that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mo Facta View Post
    Are you using plugins? They can introduce latency depending.

    Cheers
    No, no plugins at all!

  10. #10
    Bobbsy's Avatar
    Bobbsy is offline Boring Old Git
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Queensland, Australia
    Age
    62
    Posts
    4,819
    Rep Power
    21264792
    Quote Originally Posted by Big Thier View Post
    Thanks a lot for your reply. Acoustica Mixcraft is a really basic program (that's why I like it), but like I said I got the same problem with Audacity, so I wouldn't think Mixcraft is the problem. And nah, there's no "monitoring button" unfortunately. I'll go re-install the drivers but I'm pretty sure I've already done that.
    In that case just try hitting the Mute button on the new track(s) you're recording while you record. Might work.
    The pessimist sees the glass as half empty. The optimist sees it as half full. The realist just drains the darn thing and gets a refill!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Interface Latency vs. Output Monitoring Latency
    By LevelSongD in forum Digital Recording & Computers
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-11-2009, 07:46
  2. Crazy Latency Jump Help Anybody!
    By GreenSpectrum in forum Steinberg / Cubase User Forum
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 10-30-2005, 04:58
  3. What is good latency vs. bad latency?
    By Newbie-Doo in forum Newbies
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-28-2004, 10:13
  4. going crazy with latency
    By palitroki in forum MIDI Mania
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 12-10-2001, 12:45

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
A3E sponsorship event box

Check out A3E in Boston!